Monday, March 4, 2013

Saturday Morning during Lenten Season-- Trees

On Saturday mornings during Lent we sing the following hymn.

Of That Branch In Ancient Garden

Of the branch in ancient garden,
Did thy Father make thy tree,
On That tree with thee uplifted,
Let us triumph, Lord with thee.
On the tree with thee uplifted,
Let us triumph, Lord with thee.

By the words on road to passion,
Words that set thy children free,
Thou the vine and we the branches,
Let us triumph, Lord with thee.
Thou the vine and we the branches,
Let us triumph, Lord with thee.

To thy Father be all glory,
Equal glory, Lord to thee,
By the Spirit's equal glory,
Let us triumph Lord with thee.
By the Spirit's equal glory,
Let us triumph, Lord with thee.

Text: Patrick Cummins, OSB, 1880-1968, Conception Abbey
Tune: EDEN'S FALL 87.87 with repeat: Edmund Kestel. 1918-1982

My memory of  this hymn goes all the way back to when I first came to Mount Michael, when it was still St. John's Seminary. My love for this hymn has never waned. The beauty and grandeur of the hymn lies in its simplicity. Conception Abbey consistently graces our world with an authentic touch of monastic favored music. It is truly a delicatessen!
http://www.conceptionabbey.org/monastery

When I had a chance on Saturday morning of March 2, 2013, I took the following photos of trees around Mount Michael. I hope your Lent is progressing well. I would suggest that you spend some time looking at trees with a monastic eye.



                                                                   Pin oaks -- line our drive




                                                Very large Cotton Wood Tree


                                                         Linden -- Almost perfect form



                                              
                                               Ginkgo Tree -- these are from pre-historical times


     
                                      A row of Ash trees in the Abbey's cemetery



                                              I suddenly noticed that we have lots and lots of trees!

                  
                               A wounded Maple Tree ----   But it has its own beauty!



                                      A row of Red Oaks---- line the old driveway to the Abbey


                                    One of Br. Jerome's early paintings. I have always love this
                                                        tree and the colors he used.



                                  Another Br. Jerome painting -- a little pre-mature with the
                                       alleluia, but the ancient branch will lead us to the alleluia.

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