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Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus

Carried through many nations and over many seas


advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,

I arrived, brother, for these wretched funeral rites


ut te postremo donarem munere mortis

So that I might present you with the last tribute of death


et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem.

and speak in vain to silent ash,


Quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum.

Since fortune has carried away from me you in the flesh


Heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi,

Atlas, poor brother, unfairly taken away from me,


nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum

now in the meantime, nevertheless, these things which in the ancient custom of ancestors


tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,

are handed over as a sad tribute to the rites


accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,

receive, dripping much with brotherly weeping.


atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

And forever, brother, hail and farewell.



Adonais written by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

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Monday, May 01, 2017

Our Fathers (Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Mezmur in English)



Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Mezmur in English

(Suitable for Young Worshipers)

Our Fathers

Our fathers, our fathers they made the sacrifice
Our fathers God made them truly wise
They showed us the path, they showed us His way
Their lessons endure within us today
Their lessons remain within us today.

Abba Selama the Father of peace;
Enabled us, to receive sacraments
He dedicated all his life for us
We’re indebted to him for his guidance

Our fathers our fathers they made the sacrifice
Our fathers God made them truly wise
They showed us the path, they showed us His way
Their lessons endure within us today
Their lessons remain within us today.

All of the hymns, the praises that we have;
Forever changed after Saint Yared’s life
The prayers we have sound so heavenly
For he heard angles singing pleasantly

Our fathers, our fathers they made the sacrifice
Our fathers God made them truly wise
They showed us the path, they showed us His way
Their lessons endure within us today
Their lessons remain within us today.

He lived his life walking in righteousness;
Planting the seed that is now within us
Tekle Haymanot standing on one foot
For seven years he prayed enduring where he stood.

Our fathers our fathers they made the sacrifice
Our fathers God made them truly wise
They showed us the path, they showed us His way
Their lessons endure within us today
Their lessons remain within us today.

We remember, and follow their good works,
Honoring God is what they all taught us.
We learn from them, spirituality
Dedicating to faith, and humility

Our fathers our fathers they made the sacrifice
Our fathers God made them truly wise
They showed us the path, they showed us His way
Their lessons endure within us today

Our fathers our fathers they made the sacrifice
Our fathers God made them truly wise
They showed us the path, they showed us His way
Their lessons remain within us today.


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Friday, April 28, 2017

Easter

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Three months passed since the Asian tsunami
And much sadness still lingers in the air
Easter has landed, north, south, east and west
With many customs and pagan legends
And here am I, in Aotearoa,
Walking in reverse, so my head tells me;
So strange, Easter falls in autumn, not spring.

Such a movable feast you will agree,
Marching along, toward April showers,
And variable in so many ways,
Like the westerlies crossing the Tasman,
Or like those northern Atlantic Trade Winds;
Akin to Pesach, and the Risen Christ,
Redemption is approached, in heaps of ways.

During Holy Week, I watched the TV;
It beamed images to the Long White Cloud.
Pope John Paul Two, with tracheotomy,
In the Vatican at St. Peter’s Square,
Gave an Easter muted blessing to crowds.
Through faith, they wished his silent voice would speak,
But his waving hand signalled his farewell.

The fertility symbol of Easter,
No doubt, will spring up a new successor;
Amid chicks, bunnies, and eggs we behold
In awe, this mystic season of rebirth,
Where bright colours of daffodils’ sunlight,
Of hope, from our Saviour, who burst the tomb!
God’ Son, mankind’s gift from the Almighty.

His death, resurrection, and ascension,
Reclaimed to mankind, the Lost Paradise.
So we pledge allegiance, to the Risen,
Through Him, no evil power can hold sway,
For all mankind has found, grace in God' sight,
And His Light, has brightened the darkest spot,
So flying kites cannot outpace our prayers.






















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The Flower of the Holy Spirit and The Day of Pentecost

This is one of the orchid species named “Flower of the Holy Spirit”.




 It starts blooming during Pentecostal period once a year. Before bloom, it looks like praying saints, 




when the flower blooms; it looks like a flying dove. How amazing is God’s Creation!



This flower is the national flower of Panama, the Spanish speaking territory called the Republic of Panama. This country usually considered to be entirely in North America or Central America. It  borders the coast of Costa Rica to the west, Colombia  (in South America) to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly half of the country's 4.1 million people. Panama was inhabited by several indigenous tribes prior to settlement by the Spanish in the 16th century.

Panama broke away from Spain in 1821 and joined a unioin of Nueva Granada, Ecuador, and Venezuela named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When Gran Colombia dissolved in 1831, Panama and Nueva Granada remained joined, eventually becoming the republic of Colombia. With the backing of the United Stated, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903, allowing the Panama Canal to be built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. Many Barbadians went to Panama to work on the construction of the Panama Canal.  In 1977 an agreement was signed for the total transfer of the Canal from the United States to Panama by the end of the 2oth century, which culminated on 31 December 1999.  For further reading go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama.

Here are the lyric to the National Anthem of Panama in Spanish and in English

Coro
Alcanzamos por fin la victoria
En el campo feliz de la unión;
Con ardientes fulgores de gloria
Se ilumina la nueva nación!
Es preciso cubrir con un velo
Del pasado el calvario y la cruz;
Y que adorne el azul de tu cielo
De concordia la espléndida luz.
El progreso acaricia tus lares.
Al compás de sublime canción,
Ves rugir a tus pies ambos mares
Que dan rumbo a tu noble misión.
(Coro)
En tu suelo cubierto de flores
A los besos del tibio terral,
Terminaron guerreros fragores;
Sólo reina el amor fraternal.

Adelante la pica y la pala,
Al trabajo sin más dilación,
Y seremos así prez y gala
De este mundo feraz de Colón.
(Coro)




English

At last we reached victory
In the joyous field of the union;
With ardent fires of glory
A new nation is aight. (Repeat last 2 lines.)

It is necessary to cover with a veil
the past times of Calvary and cross;
Let now the blue skies be adorned with
the splendid light of the concord.

Progress caresses your path.
To the rhythm of a subline song.
You see both your seas roar at your feet
Givig you a path to your noble mission.

At last we reached victory
In the joyous field of the union;
With ardent fires of glory
A new nation is alight. (Repeat last 2 lines.)

In your soil covered with flowers
To the kisses of the warm clouds of dust,
Warrior roars have ceased;
Only fraternal love reigns.

Ahead the shovel and pick,
At work without any more dilation,
And we will be as such at work and gala
Of this fruitful world of Columbus.

At last we reached victory
In the joyous field of the union;
With ardent fires of glory
A new nation is alight. (Repeat last 2 lines.)

The flower of the Holy Spirit is a rare orchid as you can see. Original of the Central America and Colombia Ecosystem, grows in warm climates and there are few species. Its scientific name is Peristeria Elata.

The plant is a terrestrial, with long pleated leaves that grow from the top of large, round pseudobulbs. The flower spikes are about 3 feet in height and can have up to 2 dozen flowers. It blooms between July and October. It is not easy to cultivate. The flower is beautiful, white, very thick, and waxy like in appearance. Inside of the white cup, is a perfect shaped dove, hence the name“Flor del Espiruto Santo”. The wings of the dove have reddish-purple spots on its surface. The flowers are very fragrant and long lasting, especially, since the flowers don’t all open at the same time, but continue opening over a long period of time (2 – 3 months). 

Also known as the dove flower as it resembles a flock of doves in flight with its long narrow leaves, up to 3 feet in length and between 10 – 15 white, waxy fragrant flower. It can grow up to 5 ft (1.5 m).












































The Day of Pentecost marked a turning point in the early Christian church. Pentecost, is Jewish feast, was celebrated 50 days after Passover, and pilgrims had come to Jerusalem from all over the world to celebrate the event.

The 12 apostles were gathered together in a house when a terrific wind came from heaven and filled the place. They saw tongues that looked like fire that separated and came down on each of them.
Immediately the apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit, who caused them to speak in tongues. The crowds of visitors were astonished because every pilgrim heard the apostles speaking to him or her in their own foreign language! Some accused the apostles of being drunk.
The Apostle Peter stood and addressed them, saying they were not drunk. It was only nine o’clock in the morning. Then, empowered by the Holy Spirit, Peter preached boldly to them, explaining about Jesus Christ and God’s plan of salvation.
The crowd was so moved when Peter told them of their part in Jesus’ crucifixion that they asked the apostles,“Brothers, what shall we do?”(Acts 2:37, KJV).  

The right response, Peter told them, was to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. He promised that they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. They took the gospel message to heart. About 3,000 people were baptized and added to the fledgling Christian church. On that Day of Pentecost the apostles had chosen Mathias to replace Judas Iscariot, who had hanged himself. That brought their number back to 12.

Before his ascension into heaven, Jesus had promised his disciples that he would send the Holy Spirit to give them strength and wisdom to spread the gospel throughout the world. (See Acts 1:8).

The apostles’ ability to address these foreign visitors in their own languages was a miracle from God. After they were filled with the Holy Spirit, the 12 did many other miracles and wondrous signs.  So right from the start of the church, we see that God intended His offer of salvation to extend to all the nations of this world we live in. Therefore, whoever calls on the name of Jesus, repents, and believes in Him will be saved and that is the blessed hope of His salvation. Today, believers in Jesus are filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot live the Christian life without His help. We are to call on Him whenever we need strength or guidance.

In a reflective mood, I believe that when it comes to Jesus Christ, each of us must answer the same question as the early seekers of Christ did. We cannot live the Christian life without divine intervention and with our heads bow and knees bent in daily prayer. The beauty of God our creator, and redeemer is awesome in all His creation and when you look at His handy work in the creation of this gorgeous  flower  can you deny God’ presence?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Knavery

(in Senryu)

thieves bask in sunshine
time ultimately sneaks up
pants drop on the ground

justice chariots
wielding knives that carve deeply
retribution reigns

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January 31, 2010/Barbados

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In plenty and in time of need
When this fair land was young
Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
From which our pride was sprung
A pride that makes no wanton boast
Of what it has withstood
That binds our hearts from coast to coast
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We loyal sons and daughters all
Do hereby make it known
These fields and hills beyond recall
Are now our very own
We write our names on history's page
With expectations great
Strict guardians of our heritage
Firm craftsmen of our fate




The Lord has been the people's guide
For past three hundred years.
With Him still on the people's side
We have no doubts or fears.
Upward and onward we shall go,
Inspired, exulting, free,
And greater will our nation grow
In strength and unity.



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We loyal sons and daughters all
Do hereby make it known
These fields and hills beyond recall
Are now our very own
We write our names on history's page
With expectations great
Strict guardians of our heritage
Firm craftsmen of our fate

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National Anthems of New Zealand

Anthem 1

Māori Version

E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai
Aotearoa

Ōna mano tāngata
Kiri whero, kiri mā,
Iwi Māori, Pākehā,
Rūpeke katoa,
Nei ka tono ko ngā hē
Māu e whakaahu kē,
Kia ora mārire
Aotearoa

Tōna mana kia tū!
Tōna kaha kia ū;
Tōna rongo hei pakū
Ki te ao katoa
Aua rawa ngā whawhai
Ngā tutū e tata mai;
Kia tupu nui ai
Aotearoa

Waiho tona takiwā
Ko te ao mārama;
Kia whiti tōna rā
Taiāwhio noa.
Ko te hae me te ngangau
Meinga kia kore kau;
Waiho i te rongo mau
Aotearoa

Tōna pai me toitū
Tika rawa, pono pū;
Tōna noho, tāna tū;
Iwi nō Ihowā.
Kaua mōna whakamā;
Kia hau te ingoa;
Kia tū hei tauira;
Aotearoa

English Version

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land.
Lord of battles in Thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our free land.
From dishonour and from shame,
Guard our country's spotless name,
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom's ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nations' van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.

Anthem 2

God Save the Queen

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen.
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save The Queen.

O Lord our God, arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall;
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks;
On thee our hopes we fix:
God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice,
God save The Queen.

Note: The second verse of 'God Save The Queen' is commonly omitted.

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