Sing Loudly Your Praises to the Lord

P1010002.JPGHere at St. Anne’s, blessed with daily Mass in our chapel, our residents have ample opportunities to sing praises.  Some sing loudly, and others you can barely hear.

Do you ever wish there was better participation in liturgical music?

Below, enjoy a little reflection on the topic by one of our apartment residents, Betty Canavan.

Why do we sing hymns in church?  We all probably have a favorite.  How do we feel when we sing it?  And, how do we know God hears us?  The answers are right in your Bible.

Singing is a command, not an option.  Ephesians 5:18-19, “….addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.”

“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly…..singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16.  Paul, the Apostle, tells us to teach and to sing.  So, Colossians 3:16 is telling us singing is just as important as the sermon in filling us with God’s Word.

Also, when you sing, you lift other’s spirits as well.  Remember, Ephesians 5:18-19 said, “….addressing one another….”?  Along with the Colossians verse, it signifies bearing problems with each other, forgiving one another, loving and being at peace as one body of Christ, teaching His Word.

When we sing together in church, we share each other’s confessions and hear each other’s testimonies.  As a church family, you also impact those who do not know Christ.  Psalm 105:1-2, “Sing to Him, sing praises to Him, tell of all His wondrous works.”

In Colossians, Paul also challenges us to wage war against sin.  It is the attitude and habits of the believer that eliminates sin.  It’s very hard to lie, be greedy or look at something inappropriate when singing a hymn.  So,  a singing heart is one at war with the power of sin.

Now you are prepared for trials.  Although we always remember to sing when we’re happy, being able to sing when we’re facing the trials of life helps us get through them.  I refer to Acts 16:25, Paul and Silas are imprisoned for the sake of the Gospel.  What do they do?  Sing!  Throughout history, persecuted Christians are strengthened by song.

God designed this pathway to lead us to joy. I refer to Psalms 5:11, 9:2, 51:14, 59:16 and 63:7.  Don’t forget James 5:13, “Is anyone cheerful?  Let him sing praise.”

Aha!  You are saying…..sometimes singing creates joy and other times joy creates singing!  But, you can’t seem to have one without the other.

When you sing you glorify God, all these things:  obedience, understanding the Word, building up others, fighting sin, perseverance and finding joy in God, are each of our purposes in life.

God is the object of our praise.  With all of life’s distractions, singing helps us to focus all of our attention on Him.  So, sing loudly, don’t mumble.  Sing to join the angels.  Sing to our Heavenly Father.  Don’t worry if you don’t know the words – we’re all imperfect.  Don’t worry that you can’t carry a tune – God doesn’t listen for the errors, he takes pride in our wish to please him.  Sing joyfully and loudly, be proud you’re a Christian.

Finally, Revelations 7:9-10, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”  The Apostle John describes eternity, with a multitude of people of different languages and nationalities singing before the Lamb.

Since we all hope to be in that multitude, the time to practice is now.  Sing the songs of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Sing His praises.

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Ain’t no Cure for the Wintertime Blues?

We posted this before, a couple of years ago, but it seemed apropos to share it again. Most of us are probably experiencing a bit of ‘the wintertime blues’ right now.

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This is a guest post by Cindy Flath, Supervisor of the Research Department at Altru Health System.

The days have gotten shorter; seemingly endless cloudy days and little sun greet us each day. If we could hibernate like bears winter wouldn’t seem so bad.

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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter; sapping your energy and making you feel moody.

The specific cause of seasonal affective disorder remains unknown. Some factors that may come into play include:

  • Your biological clock … The reduced level of sunlight in fall and winter may cause winter-onset SAD. This decrease in sunlight may disrupt your body’s internal clock and lead to feelings of depression.
  • Serotonin levels. A…

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The Wonder of Bread

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With the surge in ‘gluten-free’ and ‘low carb’ diets in recent years, the once acclaimed slice of bread has gotten a bad reputation.

But even if you avoid wheat for dietary reasons, the humble piece of bread may still play a useful role in your life.

The multiplicity of purposes bread can serve was realized to a greater degree here at St. Anne’s recently, believe it or not, with a container of mints.

We had some pastel colored mints around, the kind that are sometimes mixed with nuts at parties.  Unfortunately, they were very hard, far beyond the usual density for these little sweets.  Sr. Elaine liked to warn those who might attempt to eat them: “Don’t break your teeth!”  Alas, thus was the sad state of affairs with the collection of mints…

We knew, though, that bread does wonders for brown sugar, and even for perking up cookies, so we thought, “why not try it on the mints?”

A piece of bread was placed inside the Tupperware container which held the “rock candy.”  Within less than 24 hours, the ‘wonder bread’ had done its trick.  The mints were now softened to a more normal pliability, and no longer posed much of a risk of dental damages.

In doing a bit more research on the subject of the usefulness of bread, we found that bread can also be used to take away dirty, or scuff, marks from wallpapered or white panted walls.  On one site, the reader is encouraged to rub the marks with a piece of stale bread (crusts having been removed).

If you are like the writer of this post, you might remember tearing up old bread to feed waterfowl or even using it to add texture to hot cereal or soup.

There are also many delicious dishes one can make using old bread, including quiche, bread pudding, and French toast, to name only a few listed on another online source.

Another site, flusterbuster.com, offered some amazing uses for old bread.  Bread, soaked as directed, can be applied to help alleviate boils, calluses, corns, and splinters.  Bread is useful, too, for picking up broken glass.  It can also be used to avoid grease fires when cooking meat!  Who would have thought!

Part-Time Nurse Needed

nurseI just wanted to help get the word out: we are looking for another nurse to assist with the care of our residents.  If you, or someone you know, is interested in the positions, I’d encourage you/them to visit: www.stannesguesthome.org/employment.html or stop by to fill out an application.

Twelve Days of Christmas

12daysDon’t forget—Christmas isn’t over yet!  In fact, we’re still within ‘the twelve days.’

During the 271 years between 1558 and 1829, Catholics were not allowed to practice their religion in England, so someone wrote a song with double meanings.  It was meant to teach catechism but is still sung as an English Christmas carol.

What follows are the meanings:

My True Love = Jesus Christ, because Christ, who loves us in spite of our faults, was born Christmas Day.

The Partridge = Jesus, because the partridge would give his life to protect his nest.

Two Turtle Doves = Old & New Testaments

Three French Hens = faith, hope and charity

Four Calling Birds = 4 Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Five Golden Rings  = 5 books of the Old Testament describing sin and the love of God sending us the Savior

Six Geese a-laying = 6 days of creation

Seven Swans a-swimming = gifts of the Holy Spirit

Eight Maids a-milking = the Beatitudes

Nine Ladies Dancing = 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit

Ten Lords a-leaping = the 10 Commandments

Eleven Pipers Piping = stand for the 11 faithful apostles

Twelve Drummers Drumming = the 12 points of belief in the Apostles Creed.

(from Handbook of Catholic Sacramentalsby Ann Ball)

~Article by Betty Canavan

“Remembrance Day”

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Shelly Mack, Activity Director

This program was started by a former resident, Lori Natoli, and myself.

Lori had planned to go to Norman’s Funeral Home for a similar program, but due to inclement weather, she missed it.

Together, we decided , “let’s make a decoration that we can adorn with the names of both living and deceased individuals.”

We decided to read the names out load, share a memory or two, and sing Christmas songs, celebrating those we love.

The program went so well that it has become a Christmas tradition.  Over the years, we have made decorations of hearts, doves, etc.  This year we have angels that will hang by tour tree in the Activity Room.

This Friday morning, we will gather to honor, remember, and pray for those we love who have gone before us.

Residents will enjoy homemade gingerbread heart cookies as we hold those dear to us close to our hearts.