Etymology: Quinquagesima

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”Anthony J. D'Angelo It always amazes me the things that I don't know. I hope that amazement and discovery never ends. I recently became aware of a rather old word: Quinquagesima. I am actually surprised that I hadn't heard of it before …

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Hymns: What a Friend we have in Jesus

Joseph Medlicott Scriven was in 1819 born to John and Jane Scriven of Banbridge, Ireland. Joseph had a rather turbulent life even from a young age. He had wanted to serve in the military, but his poor health led to him studying at Trinity College, which he graduated from in 1842. A year later, his fiancée drowned …

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Falling into the Slough of Despond

Now I saw in my dream, that just as they had ended this talk they drew near to a very miry slough, that was in the midst of the plain; and they, being heedless, did both fall suddenly into the bog. The name of the slough was Despond. Here, therefore, they wallowed for a time, …

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Hymns: “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”

"All Glory, Laud, and Honor" is a hymn traditionally sung on Palm Sunday. Though the words, of course, reference the passages of Scripture about the Triumphal Entry and were written for that day, the story goes that this hymn only became known because of an Emperor's change of heart. This hymn was written by a …

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Hymns: “Be Thou My Vision”

  "Be Thou My Vision" is a well-known and well-loved hymn. Though it was originally written over 1400 years ago, it was not translated from its Old Irish text until the early 1900's. The hymn is attributed to a monk nicknamed Dallán Forgaill; the first name meant "blind one," though he supposedly regained his sight. …

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