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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)

Friday, March 03, 2017

Water is Live

Order of Worship
Ecumenical Prayer Service on Ash Wednesday,
1 March, 2017, 15.30 Hrs
Holy Saviour Parish of the /Ethiopian orthodox /church, Addis Ababa
Opening service of Lenten Campaign “Seven Weeks for Water”
Theme: Thirst for Justice: A pilgrimage of justice and peace in Africa

We were born out of the water (Musical notes shown)
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

 1.        We were born out of the waters the waters that give life to all the earth.
            We were made God’s sons and daughters at the font of our rebirth
            Every day, God’s waters bless us! We are nourished and renewed;
            For the waters that surround us give us life and health and food.

2.         Just as rivers join each other, all creation joins in song.
            All nature works together; bold and beautiful and strong.
            Fish that fill a flowing river, springs of water from below
            Daily point us to the Giver from whom blessings overflow.

3          God, we hear the troubling thunder of the shouts of “Profit first!”
            Land and streams are torn asunder till creation cries in thirst.
            God, we thirst for healthy waters and for justice for the land,
            As your faithful sons and daughters, may we rise to take a stand.

4.         God who made the whole creation, with its rivers, fields and streams,
             You have given us a vision of what caring for them means.
            May we care for all your waters, for your land, for sky above;
            May we serve you as protectors of this world that you so love.












Tsega Nesayne

Tse-ga Ne-say-ne we-he-wo-te re-ke-.bne,
 E-he Be-hai-le Mes-qe-lu le
E-ye-sus Kris-tos e Be-hai- le Mes-qe lu.

We have received grace
We have received mercy,
Through the cross of Jesus Christ.



O God of life, your waters flow
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette






















              1.   O God of life, your waters flow
                    And make all life on earth to grow,
                    Your springs rise up and rains fall down
                    On ffertile field and sandy ground.

                     Refrain

                     May we be wise to know the worth
                     Of clean, clear rivers, sky and earth.
                     May all your children take a stand,
                     Protecting water, tending land.

               2.   Yet greed can rise up to destroy
                     The things you give us to enjoy.
                     This world too often won't respect
                     The things you call us to protect.

               3.   May justice roll like waters down
                     And streams of righteousness abound.
                     May we push on and never cease
                     To stand for justice, truth and peace.

Matt Ferner of the Huffington Post writing under the banner "These are the Most Water-Stressed Countries in the World" opined that "Stable and abundant water supplies are becoming increasingly difficult to come by on a warming planet with a growing population."Forthwith this raised the question in my mind; why are there still so many climate change deniers around the world?

The "World Resources Institute (WRI) states that "providing stable freshwater supplies is a priority for every country in the world. Yet stable supplies are increasingly hard to come by in many countries, as water-related risks increase.


















The World Resources Institute's world map above shows the countries in various color schemes throughout the world to be seriously dogged by water woes. 




Low Stress (0-10%)



Low to Medium Stress (10-20%)


Medium to High Stress (20-40%)



High Stress (40-80%)



Extremely High Stress (0-80%)


As shown above, these five different colors as extracted from the world map give the magnitude of water stress each country has to endure. These varying colours provide alarming statistics those countries have to be cognizant of the fact that a serious crisis exists and should take speedy steps to push back for the greater good without further delay. WRI has identified 36 countries with high water-stressed woes as shown in the table below:


Rank

Country Name

Baseline Water
Stress Score


1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36



Antigua and Barbuda
Bahrain
Barbados
Comoros
Cyprus
Dominica
Jamaica
Malta
Qatar
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
San Marino
Singapore
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Western Sahara
Saudi Arabia
Kuwait
Oman
Libya
Israel
Kyrgyzstan
East timor
Iran
Yeme
Palestine
Jordan
Lebanon
Somaliland
Uzbekistan
Paistan
Turkmenistan
Morocco
Mongolia
Kazakhstan
Afghanistan

5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
4.99
4.96
4.91
4.84
4.83
4.82
4.81
4.78
4.67
4.63
4.59
4.54
4.38
4.32
4.31
4.30
4.24
4.05
4.02
4.01


Look at the position which Barbados holds on the water stress table above. This position 



must be perplexing among folks living in Barbados who must grapple with the fact that
their water-supply is under extremely high stress in this twenty-first century.

In the Bible water is glorified and is mentioned 722 times. However here are examples found in Bible (KJV). How about you finding other examples in the Bible? Use the Comments section on this blog to post your findings.

Genesis 1:2; Genesis 1:20; Genesis 7:17; Genesis 7:21-23
Exodus 17:5,6
Ezekiel 36:25
Job 5:10    
Isaiah 55:10-11; Isaiah 44:3; Isaiah 12:3
Hosea 6:3;
Amos 5:24

Matthew 3:11
John 3:5; John 2;7
Ephesians 5:26;
Hebrews 10:25

Going for Water
by Robert Frost


The well was dry beside the door,
And so we went with pail and can
Across the fields behind the house
To seek the brook if still it ran;

Not loth to have excuse to go,
Because the autumn eve was fair
(Though chill), because the fields were ours,
And by the brook our woods were there.

We ran as if to meet the moon
That slowly dawned behind the trees,
The barren boughs without the leaves,
Without the birds, without the breeze.

But once within the wood, we paused
Like gnomes that hid us from the moon,
Ready to run to hiding new
With laughter when she found us soon.

Each laid on other a staying hand
To listen ere we dared to look,
And in the hush we joined to make
We heard, we knew we heard the brook.

A note as from a single place,
A slender tinkling fall that made
Now drops that floated on the pool
Like pearls, and now a silver blade.

Water is life and love, so we must do our very best to preserve the integrity of our water system. God' gift to all whether Jew, Christian, Agnostic or Atheist.

Be Bless every one


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We loyal sons and daughters all
Do hereby make it known
These fields and hills beyond recall
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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
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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
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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
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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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