Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Gaudeamus ~ Let us Rejoice!



The Latin word gaudeamus means let us be glad. In a sad world we might try to be especially attentive to the signs of life and hope: that there is still beauty to be had! The medieval stone-carved, smiling angel along the way here, survived the Nazi bombing of the great cathedral at Amien, France. And the photo following, of Giotto's Nativity scene at the Scrovegni Chapel in Italy, although it has lost much of its Lapis Lazulli  paint, is still extraordinarily beautiful. And these days, if even only by one minute each day, the sunlight increases. And Joseph was warned in a dream to take the Child to safety in Egypt - and he paid attention.

The contemporary music accompanying the pictures here is titled Gaudeamus, composed by Antony Hopkins. There are no lyrics, so as we view the photos we're left to our own happy imagining. The piece is found on "Rejoice! A String Quartet Christmas - Arturo Delmoni." Best Christmas album I've come across.




18 comments:

  1. I love that you have so many images of Mary and Joseph holding their infant child. It shows the love and tenderness they must have felt as all parents do when they hold their baby.

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  2. I remember as a boy, apart from a Christmas card, Mary was more often depicted as empty handed. Even in my boyhood parish church, the statue of Mary was of her with head down and hands folded. Then at some point, perhaps the later 60's, that changed. In one diary entry, Thomas Merton expressed delight that we were starting to see Mary depicted more often with the Infant Christ in her arms. Of course! Mary in her maternity! Mary creates an atmosphere of love around Jesus from the start. And, and, and - by so keeping Mary up front, the Church is able to help the world keep in focus the needs of mothers and children. The challenges put before them in the world are profound.

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  3. The music allows us to really concentrate on the images and feel what happiness the birth of Jesus must have been for Mary and Joseph, and in turn, for all of us. A wonderful meditation for us on this winter morning Father. The spirit of Christmas lives on.

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  4. Yes indeed! Keep Christmas going. I keep my manger scene up all year and a tiny artificial tree covered just with bird ornaments. Some people think it's kind of of odd. I don't care - the Incarnation is the BIG DEAL, and I don't want to take my eyes off of it.

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    1. It is a big deal and often lost and forgotten through the remaining seasons. Thank you for putting this together for us as a joyful reminder. Although I don't keep my manger or tree up all year, I can keep this little video in mind and look at it when I need to feel the joy.

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    2. Thanks for sharing the idea. Others will do the same. Happy New Year.

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  5. I wrote last week about your Christmas Alphabet and said I would show my kids. Now I have this to add to my list. It is good for them to sit and contemplate. A message of joy with no words. I will most certainly get their reactionary comments and send them along to you when I use these teaching tools.

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  6. Finding the joy in things. Amen to that!

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  7. This is beautiful. Thank you for putting these pictures with the joyful instrumental piece to convey the message of rejoicing in Jesus' birth.

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  8. Father, at just past one minute into the video, there is a picture of Mary holding Jesus with two animals looking on in the stable. There are two outstretched hands reaching in. Can you speculate who might be reaching in for the baby? They are not in a position of praise, but of asking. Mary is clutching him tight.

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    1. I'm going to speculate as to whose outstretched hands those are on the picture's margin. Yours! Enjoy that most lovely meditation!

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    2. I like that thought. Thanks for pointing me in that direction.

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  9. I always love your little videos Father Stephen. I know they will be filled with beautiful pictures and music that I would otherwise never have heard. Wonderfully put together as always. A pleasure!

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    1. The album of Christmas music is titled: Rejoice - a Christmas String Quartet. I just discovered it recently and have downloaded it so I can listen to it even in August. I really want Christmas to be every day.

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  10. An enchanting piece of music. Thanks for bringing us into the New Year with encouraging suggestions and feelings of hope.

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  11. We have to keep hope alive! Happy New Year to you!

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  12. We have to keep hope alive! Happy New Year to you!

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