12/02/18 - NNHS Newsletter -
O Come, O Come,
(First Sunday in Advent)
“This Advent we look to
the Wise Men to teach us where to focus our attention.
- Mark Zimmermann
DearFriends and Schoolmates,
Today is the First Sunday in Advent for those of y'all in the Christian community who may be celebrating it. For those who do not, there is the obligatory homework, as school is still in session.
BONUS #1 - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Clare College Choir, Cambridge
BONUS #3 - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - BYU Vocal Point
BONUS #3 - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - The Piano Guys
|O Come, O Come, Emmanuel is a
It is a translation of a
Latin hymn, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, itself a metrical
paraphrase of the
O Antiphons, a series of
antiphons attached to the
over the final days before
The 1861 translation from Hymns Ancient and Modern is the most prominent by far in the English-speaking world, but other English translations also exist. Translations into other modern languages (particularly German) are also in widespread use.The words and the music of "O come, O come, Emmanuel" developed separately. The Latin text is first documented in Germany in 1710, whereas the tune most familiar in the English-speaking world has its origins in 15th-century France.
The pre-history of the text stretches back to the origins of the O Antiphons themselves, which were in existence by, at the latest, the eighth century. However, to speak meaningfully of the text of the hymn per se, they would need to be paraphrased in strophic, metrical form. It is certainly within the realm of possibility that efforts along those lines could have been made quite early; we know, for instance, that they were paraphrased extensively by the English poet Cynewulf in a poem written before the year 800. However, despite popular imagination of an early origin for "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," the hymn's history is first substantiated only much later...
|What Do People Do?
Many Christians in the United States attend a church service on the first Sunday of Advent and may engage in activities such as special prayers and contributing to ideas on enhancing peace. Many Advent traditions are observed in the United States in the prelude to Christmas Day. For example, the Advent wreath is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. The wreath can be seen in various churches across the nation around this time of the year.
Advent calendars of all designs are also given as gifts at this time of the year. The calendars feature openings in the form of windows or doors that are numbered to count the days to Christmas. Calendars may contain chocolates, toys, or candy and are given to children as a fun way to observe the Christmas countdown. Some traditional Advent calendars show 24 days but many Advent calendars showing 25 days, with the last opening on Christmas Day...
Happy Birthday today
to Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57)
AND Jimmy McDonald ('57)
AND George Konstant
('65) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Barbara Woods Spiers ('61) of VA AND the late Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (d. 10/01/88) AND Franki Satisky ('68) of OR!
Happy Birthday this week to:
04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND Howard Williamson (HHS - '63) of VA;
05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late Gene Peters ('57) (d. 07/24/09) AND the late Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) (d. 11/21/18);
06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);
07 - Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND the late Tim Parsons (NNHS / Menchville HS - '73) (d. 10/29/17)
09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|December 2, 1942 -
Manhattan Project: A team led by
Enrico Fermi initiated the first self-sustaining
nuclear chain reaction.
December 2, 1943 - A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sank numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas.
From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 11/30/10 - "Camp Patrick Henry activated"
Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation (HRPE) General Order #1 was issued on December 2, 1942, formally activating Camp Patrick Henry.
Carved out of 1,700 acres of thick woodland in what was once rural Warwick County, the rough-hewn camp was located along the C&O railroad line, fourteen miles northwest of the piers in Newport News. Camp Patrick Henry was essentially a city; albeit a temporary and decidedly military one. At the height of activity there, the staff included 350 officers, 2,300 enlisted men, 175 WAC's and 1,100 civilian employees.
The camp's initial mission was to house, feed, process and entertain troops heading overseas through HRPE. By the end of World War II, the number of men and women who passed through the camp and then went overseas totaled 1,412,107.
During 1944, some 2,300 German prisoners-of-war and 185 Italian Service Unit personnel worked at the camp, doing KP, grounds' keeping and maintenance work so that American soldiers would not have to do such menial duties.
After the war ended, the process was reversed. The total number of troops that came home and were processed back into civilian life at Camp Patrick Henry reached 697,341.
The camp was deactivated in early 1946, and the land was sold for commercial development in 1949. A sizable part of the property became Patrick Henry Airport.
Today, many other commercial entities are located on the grounds of what once was this vital part of the HRPE operations during World War II.
THIS DAY IN 1968:
|Sunday, December 02, 1968 - Footballer David Batty was born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.|
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/01/17:
expects you to have enough faith and determination and enough trust in
Him to keep moving, keep living, keep rejoicing. In fact, He expects you
not simply to face the future (that sounds pretty grim and stoic); He
expects you to embrace and shape the future--to love it and rejoice in
it and delight in your opportunities.”
-Jeffrey R. Holland
(b. 03 Dec 1940)
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/03/17:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Me ('65) of NC - 11/30/18:
|“Inside me there’s a
thin person struggling to get out, but I can usually sedate him with
four or five cupcakes.”
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/27/18 - "Christmas send- a tiny early (decorating ideas) - (#3 in a Series of 14)":
WOW! Thank you, Shari!
BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:
My Simple Star Coaster
K J Hay's Elf Slippers - Pattern is not free, but only $3.00, and so super cute!
Mr. Food's Easy Pecan Pie Bars - "Pecan pie lovers, rejoice! Now you can get your favorite taste in bar cookie form. That's right, these little wonders taste just like bite-sized pecan pies!"
Mr. Food's Sweet Potato Crowns - "They taste delicious, so why not treat your gang royally with our Sweet Potato Crowns? If you're looking for a change-of-pace go-along that teams with lots of your favorite main dishes, this is a must-try."
From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/01/18:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Words: Combined from various antiphons by an unknown author, possibly in the 12th Century
(Veni, veni Emanuel); translated from Latin to English by John M. Neale (24 Jan1818 – 06 Aug 1866), Mediaeval Hymns, 1851. Neale’s original translation began, “Draw nigh, draw nigh, Emmanuel"
Music:“Veni Emmanuel,” from a 15th Century processional of French Franciscan nuns
(the setting for the funeral hymn)
"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" midi
http://members.tripod.com/texasmidi/midi.htm - 11/23/05
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16