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12/15/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Angelus ad Virginem

“And over all there lay a psaltery
Whereon he made an evening's melody,
Playing so sweetly that the chamber rang;
And Angelus ad virginem he sang;
And after that he warbled the King's Note:
Often in good voice was his merry throat.”

- Geoffrey Chaucer, Miller's Tale
(c. 1343 – 25 Oct 1400)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   What could be cooler than a Medieval Christmas carol?!? This one was even mentioned by Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales, and you know how much I love that!

BONUS #1 - Angelus ad Virginem - The Choir of the Church of the Advent, Boston

BONUS #2 - Angelus ad Virginem, 12/21/07


Angelus ad Virginem (or its English title, Gabriel, From Heven King Was To The Maide Sende) was a popular medieval carol, whose text is a poetic version of the Hail Mary and the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary. Probably Franciscan in origin, it was brought to Britain by French friars in the 13th century. It is said to have originally consisted of 27 stanzas, with each following stanza beginning with the consecutive letter of the alphabet.

Surviving manuscripts may be found in a c. 1361 Dublin Troper (a music book for use at Mass) and a 13th or 14th century vellum Sequentiale that may have been connected with the Church of Addle, Yorkshire. It lyric also appears in the works of John Audelay (perhaps a priest, he definitely spent the last years of his life at Haughmond Abbey, where he wrote for the monks), in a group of four Marian poems...


   Happy Birthday today to Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND     Buster Vest ('63) of VA!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

17 - Norma Helmick Burks ('63) AND  Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57) AND    The late Suzie Bauz ('63) (d. 11/03/14);

20 -  Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC;

21 -  Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA;

22 -  Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliott Schlosser ('63) AND   Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND   Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND   Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


December 15, 1941 - Holocaust: German troops executed over 15,000 Jews at Drobitsky Yar, a ravine southeast of the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine.

December 15, 1942 - The Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse began during the Guadalcanal campaign.

December 15, 1943 - The Battle of Arawe began during the New Britain Campaign.

December 15, 1944 - A single-engine plane carrying U.S. Army Major Glenn Miller disappeared in thick fog over the English Channel while en route to Paris. The true fate of the plane and its passengers has never been determined.

December 15, 1944 -
American forces invaded Mindoro Island in the Philippines.

December 15, 1945 - Occupation of Japan: General Douglas MacArthur ordered that Shinto be abolished as the state religion of Japan.

December 15, 1961 -
Former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death in Jerusalem by an Israeli court. He had been tried on charges for organizing the deportation of Jews to concentration camps.


Saturday, December 15, 1968 - The 18th Premier of Quebec, Antonio Barrette, (b. 26 May 1899 in Joliette, Quebec, Canada) died in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at the age of 69.

Saturday, December 15, 1968 - Boxer and actor Jess Willard (b. Jess Myron Willard on 29 Dec 1881 in Pottawatomie County, Kansas) died in Los Angeles, California two weeks before his 87th birthday.

From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/13/14:

“Jesus . . . descended below all things that he might rise above all things and comprehend all things. No man descended lower than the Savior of the world. Born in a stable, cradled in a manger, he travelled from there to the cross through suffering mingled with blood to a throne of grace; and in all his life there was nothing of an earthly nature that seemed to be worth possessing. His whole life was passed in poverty, suffering, pain, affliction, labor, prayer, mourning and sorrow until he gave up the ghost on the cross. Still he was God's firstborn son and the Redeemer of the world.”

- Wilford Woodruff
(01 Mar 1807 – 02 Sept 1898)

    Thanks so much, Daniel!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/15/17:

   Thank you, Joan!

  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/14/18, 7:59 AM:

  On the "Road to Christmas" in the rain, look where I found Santa. He's up on the chimney with an umbrella, pondering two things. Where is the snow? If it keeps raining with no snow, how will the reindeer be able to get the sleigh up to speed for liftoff? Don't worry, Santa there's plenty of time yet. A cold front will soon be on the way.

     Thanks, Jimmy!


    From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 12/14/14 - "Giving - assisted by gravity":
   WOWZERONI!! Thank you so very much, Bill! The word has become grossly overused, but that man is one amazing individual!

   Merry Christmas to you and yours!

 From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/14/18:

Thank you, Jean!

 From Margaret Elmore Tolly ('58) of VA - 12/14/14 - "Incorrect Usage":

     OH! Margaret, don't get me started!  I suspect some of these errors are regional; I don't recall ever hearing anyone use #10, 9, 8, or 4.

   However, I routinely deliberately say "liberry", "nuculer", and "jewlery" to my sister
 Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky of NC, the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959) - just because she becomes so deliciously ballistic (and after all, it's my job to tease her, and I take my responsibilities seriously).

   #6, 2 and 1 set my teeth on edge and make me cringe, but at the moment I reserve my greatest wrath for #3. THERE'S NO SUCH WORD as "ANYWAYS"! It's all I can do to refrain from wringing their dear little necks and bopping them over the head with something! ARGHHH!!

   Oh, NO! I would never do that - especially not at this time of year! Why, no! MY, no! No, indeed! Thank you, Margaret!

 From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 12/14/14:

  WISE CHOICE! Thanks, Mark!

  From Chuck Jones ('66) of FL - 12/14/18:

          Thanks, Chuck!


Lauren Venettozzi's Hi-Top Slipper Socks - "Crochet a pair of colorful sneakers to keep your feet warm and cozy! Choose from the many colors of this yarn for your favorite color. But be careful who sees you in them, because they’ll want you to make them a pair!"

Becky Barker's iPad Cozy - "Protect your iPad® from dings and scratches by crocheting this quick and easy cover. With over a hundred colors in RED HEART® Super Saver®, you can choose your favorite to personalize it further!"

Ann Regis' Gift Pocket Scarf - "A pretty picot edging provides a soft feminine touch to this easy crocheted scarf. Warm your fingers as well as your neck in the pockets at each end!"


Mr. Food's Amish Poppy Seed Bread - "Poppy seed breads are a Pennsylvania Dutch specialty, but this one's a special easy treat from Georgia."

Mr. Food's Glazed Carrots and Parsnips - "Any dish that's delicious and nutritious works for us and these Glazed Carrots and Parsnips certainly fit the bill!"  


From - 12/14/18:

A lady went into the grocery and asked for fifty gallons of milk. The clerk, amazed, asked her what she was going to do with that much milk.

"I have a skin problem and the doctor prescribed a milk bath."

The clerk asked, "Pasteurized?"

She replied, "No, just up to my chin."

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, January 09, 2019 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/14/18

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   Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Angelus ad Virginem (The angel, coming secretly)

1. Angelus ad virginem The angel, coming secretly
Subintrans in conclave. to the Virgin's room
Virginis formidinum Calming the Virgin's fears, he said:
Demulcens inquit "Ave." "Hail"
Ave regina virginum, Hail, Queen of Virgins!
Coeli terraeque dominum You shall conceive the Lord of Heaven and Earth
Concipies Et paries and give birth,
Intacta,without being touched,
Salutem hominum. to the Salvation of mankind;
Tu porta coeli facta you, made the Gateway of Heaven,
Medela criminum. the cure for sins".

2. Quomodo conciperem, How shall I conceive,
quae virum non cognovi? seeing that I know not a man?
Qualiter infringerem, How shall make an infraction
quae firma mente vovi?, I who made a vow with my firm mind ?
'Spiritus sancti gratia The grace of the Holy ghost
Perficiet haec omnia; will do all this;
Ne timeas, don't be afraid
sed gaudeas, But be pleased
secura, and safe
quod castimonia because chastity
Manebit in te pura will remain in you, pure
Dei potentia.'power of God

3. Ad haec virgo nobilis "To these words the noble virgin"
Respondens inquit ei; "answered to him"
Ancilla sum humilis 'I am the humble handmaiden'
Omnipotentis Dei. 'Of the all powerful God'
Tibi coelesti nuntio, Tanta secreti conscio,
Consentiens "I'm OK"
Et cupiens "and I want"
Videre "to see"
factum quod audio, "what I hear done"
Parata sum parere. "I'm ready to obey"
Dei consilio. "God's will"

4. Angelus disparuit "The angel disappeared"
Et statim puellaris "and at once"
Uterus intumuit "the womb of the maiden swelled"
Vi partus salutaris. "by the force of the laying in of salvation"
Qui, circumdatus utero The one who, protected in thy womb
Novem mensium numero,
during nine months
Hinc Exiit from here got out
Et iniit and the conflict began
Conflictum, Affigens humero He fixed his shoulder
Crucem, qua dedit ictum On the cross, by which he gave a blow
Hosti mortifero. to the mortal Enemy.

5. Eia Mater Domini, "Come on, mother of the Lord"
Quae pacem reddidisti "who has given back peace"
Angelis et homini, "to angels and man"
Cum Christum genuisti; "when you bore Christ".
Tuum exora filium. "Pray your Son"
Ut se nobis propitium "to be good to us"
Exhibeat, "Let Him show"
Et deleat "and wash away"
Peccata; "our sins"
Praestans auxilium giving help
Vita frui beata to enjoy a happy life
Post hoc exsilium. "after this exile."

"Angelus ad Virginem" midi courtesy of - 12/15/09

"Angelus ad Virginem" Latin and English lyrics courtesy of - 12/15/09

Image of "Angel Playing a Flageolet" by  Edward Burne-Jones (28 Aug 1833 – 17 June 1898) courtesy
of - 12/01/09

Angel Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/05/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Laughing Mouse clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 11/07/07
Thanks, Al!

Animated Poinsettia courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 12/06/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Animated Angel clip art courtesy of - 08/14/05

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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