Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing choirs of angels!
Exult, all creation around God’s throne!
Jesus Christ, our King is risen!
Sound the trumpet of salvation!

Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor,
radiant in the brightness of your King!
Christ has conquered! Glory fills you!
Darkness vanishes for ever!

Rejoice, O Church! Exult in glory!
The risen Savior shines upon you!
Let this place resound with joy,
echoing the mighty song of all God’s people!

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is truly right that with full hearts and minds and voices
we should praise the unseen God, the all-powerful Father,
and his only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

For Christ has ransomed us with his blood,
and paid for us the price of Adam’s sin to our eternal Father!

This is our passover feast,
When Christ, the true Lamb, is slain,
whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers.

This is the night,
when first you saved our fathers:
you freed the people of Israel from their slav’ry,
and led them dry-shod through the sea.

This is the night,
when the pillar of fire destroyed the darkness of sin.

This is night,
when Christians ev’rywhere,
washed clean of sin and freed from all defilement,
are restored to grace and grow together in holiness.

This is the night,
when Jesus broke the chains of death
and rose triumphant from the grave.

What good would life have been to us,
had Christ not come as our Redeemer?

Father, how wonderful your care for us!
How boundless your merciful love!
To ransom a slave you gave away your Son.

O happy fault, O necessary sin of Adam,
which gained for us so great a Redeemer!

Most blessed of all nights,
chosen by God to see Christ rising from the dead!

Of this night scripture says:
“The night will be as clear as day:
it will become my light, my joy.”

The power of our Risen Lord dispels all evil,
washes guilt away, restores lost innocence,
brings mourners joy;
it casts out hatred, brings us peace,
and humbles earthly pride.

Night truly blessed,
when heaven is wedded to earth
and we are reconciled to God!

Therefore, heavenly Father, in the joy of this night,
receive our evening sacrifice of praise,
your Church’s solemn offering.

Accept this Easter candle,
a flame divided but undimmed,
a pillar of fire that glows to the honor of God.

Let it mingle with the lights of heaven
and continue bravely burning
to dispel the darkness of this night!

May the Morning Star which never sets
find this flame still burning:
Christ, that Morning Star,
who came back from the dead,
and shed his peaceful light on all mankind,
your Son, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Godspeed, Lourdes Torres!

stop-abuseI want to express my full support for Lourdes Torres, the former nanny to Doug Phillips who has filed a lawsuit regarding Phillips treatment of her as a “sex object”, according to the paperwork.

Lourdes has found her voice, and she is not hiding, afraid of the Patriarchy Mafia that so often stifles truth-telling on these moral matters. Having once promoted Doug Phillips’ ministry, with as much volume as I can muster, I am now helping to spread the word about its well-deserved demise.

People question why abuse could go on so long. The power dynamic, referred to by Torres’ attorney, has to be understood. When someone controls every aspect of your life, when the only teaching a woman has had is from the Patriarchy world, when religion and “God” are a part of the whole thing, when your own church has the predator in authority, thinking can be incredibly warped. The world of false Patriarchy teachings has created a seedbed for a number of evils. These wrong teachings have led to situations like the one that Lourdes has gone through.

My sincere prayers are with Ms. Torres, as she faces an opposing legal team that will, without doubt,  do all they can to destroy her reputation to discredit her. When bully leaders are brought down, hell has no comparable fury. But I hope Lourdes knows that there are a large number who are supporting her, admiring her courage and who are grateful that she is speaking out. As I said in a previous post, there is a new wind blowing, a rare good trend amid so many bleak ones today. Corrupt leaders are dropping like flies. May it not stop until all of them are stripped of their platforms to hurt others.

Here is the story from WorldnetDaily.

Coming up…

Will is playing his first wedding next month. His dad is playing trumpet. Two of his teachers are getting married, and they asked him to do the honors. I was really touched that they would ask!

Meanwhile, he is practicing for his graduation recital on May 10 at St. Joseph Chapel and the concert he is most excited about, June 10 at 7:30 Gesu Church on the Schantz organ. It’s free, so if anybody in the Milwaukee area wants to hear some wonderful music on the evening of June 10, come on down. He’s playing Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, Meditation from Suite Medievale by Langlais, Vierne’s complete Second Symphony with a last movement that will raise the roof on old Gesu, and some beautiful hymn arrangements by Paul Manz, among other pieces.

He is concluding with Toccata Festiva by Richard Purvis, the very first piece he encountered at Gesu at four months of age, as played by his very first mentor, John Weissrock. Hearing that one at Gesu will be emotional for me and Tom both as we remember that day so well when he was carried up into the loft to hear John play it. With Will leaving for college in August, it’s kind of a demarcation concert of the end of us doing our primary parental job. Get me the tissue box! (I was folding his school uniform shirt this weekend out of the dryer and got all sniffy. Oh dear.) Six weeks left of high school. Where does it all go?

Here is J.S. Bach’s majestic Prelude and Fugue in E Minor that Will is going to be playing at Gesu. I hope you enjoy it!


Salvation Completed!

emptytombSick of what passes for religious broadcasting and so-called preaching these days? Every year, I post this sermon from 1937. 20 minutes of lightening bolts of Gospel truth on the FINISHED work of Jesus Christ on the Cross by Dr. Walter A. Maier.

I can hear the modern church growth types now. “Ewww, he’s yelling. His delivery style is off-putting. He’s not using enough pop culture references or ice-breaking jokes.” Yes, this is called preaching, the kind that is the power of God unto salvation. Here is “Salvation Completed!” from back when real, muscular preaching was not a rare thing. Enjoy!

A Package of Love

Why is it that humans are prone to focus on what we don’t have rather than seeing all the love around us that God has provided? I don’t know, but I was reminded again yesterday of how wrong that is. We came home from getting Will from school to find a box on our porch from Iowa. Em was “adopted” by my friend Sherry in Des Moines and her mother, who is 91. Sherry’s mother is Em’s adopted “Great-Grandma Fran.” Sherry and her mother had made little beds for Em’s Flopsy bunnies that they sent earlier—adorable little rustic beds lined and covered with burlap. Fran had sewn little pillows and made blankets for the rabbits, two blue and two in girly colors. Sherry said they spent all afternoon cutting out the containers for the beds and gluing on the burlap and making the little bedding.

All of this was done for one child hundreds of miles away that they have never met. I was so touched by their love. These quiet gestures of love I sometimes think are worth far more in the sight of God than so much of the PR and posturing and grand acts from Big and Important Names. Thank you, Grandma Sherry and Great-Grandma Fran for showing such love to our daughter.

My son said something to me the other day – I believe he may have been quoting someone else, I am not sure. But he said that evil tends to roar, but good is much quieter, and he used my husband as an example. Good goes about its loving business, comforting, supporting, filling the need without fanfare, picking up the pieces left behind by the cruel, never wanting the spotlight. I thought of that when I saw these little beds. Yes, good is quieter, but how life-changing and profound it is in the lives of those it touches.


Bunnies in Beds