Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday



Thank you to Brian Wren for writing one of the most beautiful songs for such a poignant day. I used to play this one a lot - the tune is haunting but also uplifting.
Dust and ashes touch our face,
mark our failure and our falling.
Holy Spirit, come,
walk with us tomorrow,
take us as disciples,
washed and wakened by your calling.
Take us by the hand and lead us,
lead us through the desert sands,
bring us living water,
Holy Spirit, come.
Dust and ashes soil our hands 
greed of market, pride of nation. 
Holy Spirit, come, 
walk with us tomorrow,
as we pray and struggle
through the meshes of oppression. 
Take us by the hand and lead us,
lead us through the desert sands,
bring us living water,
Holy Spirit, come.
Dust and ashes choke our tongue
in the wasteland of depression.
Holy Spirit, come,
walk with us tomorrow,
through all gloom and grieving
to the paths of resurrection.
Take us by the hand and lead us,
lead us through the desert sands,
bring us living water,
Holy Spirit, come.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Medieval Madness

On the last night of Vernon Winter Carnival, Bryan and I attended the Archduchy of Connaught's Medieval Madness Feast at the Anglican church hall.

What a great time!

There were real honest-to-goodness knights with armour and weapons to defend our honour:


There were songs and serving wenches, a harp player and horn players (one was my former violin teacher!):


The Bloody Baron of the North was our Master of Ceremonies and major-domo of mayhem. He provoked the blue table into calling our table bad names including strumpets (had to explain what that was to the two younger ladies at our table) which required our Knight, Mizak Perado, to defend our honor:



Mizak


The King and Queen were so-so regal - His Majesty's order was for the guests to speak in appallingly bad fake British accents, which he excelled at:


The costumes were great, the food was grand, the company splendid. Best birthday ever to day. We are SO attending next year and I'm definitely sewing period-appropriate costumes for both of us (they have a Vestiarium Guild!)


Wednesday, February 15, 2012