Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Beatitudes for Norway

For ABC Wednesday B-day --

The Church of the Beatitudes is on the Mount of Beatitudes, overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Here Jesus gave his first sermon, the Sermon on the Mount.

Stepping into the church you meet the text of the Beatitudes with the square notes of Gregorian chant.
If you'd like to read them in side-by-side Latin, Greek, and English, go here.

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:3-10

At the base of the lectern is a basket, a reminder to be generous.
As I read the Beatitudes now, again, they seem to speak of the young Norwegians who were taken from us.
May their memory be for a blessing.


Spiderdama said...

Blessed are they..
Oh, so beautiful, great words in these days.
Tusen Takk!

Roger Owen Green said...

Very touching.
Blessed are they...

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Leslie: said...

What a beautiful and blessed post for our B week! Have a wonderful week,

abcw team

mrsnesbitt said...

Beautiful - I feel Blessed to read your blog today - thank you so much for bringing an element of perspective to our weekly meet ups.
Denise ABC Team

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Perfect post Dina, wonderful, comforting words.

mirae said...

beautiful presentation Dina,

yes blessed are those like you Dina who kindle the light.

Ann said...

It will be hard for the Norwegian parents to be comforted. Such senseless killing.

Kim, USA said...

Beatitudes is one of the teaching of Jesus that I like to learn more and to know what it really mean. ^_^


Cloudia said...

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Leif Hagen said...

That's quite a wonderful church - I love the Beatitudes!

Wanda said...

Our hearts break for Norway. These are such comforting words. Yes, they are blessed.

Hels said...

What a nightmare :( How does a nation get past its grief at losing the best and brightest of its teenagers?

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God. I sincerely hope so.

Andy said...

What a beautiful post.

I know the verse from Matthew very well. It's one of many that we learnt from an early age when we used to attend Sunday School in the Caribbean.

Thank you for reminding me and also for sharing.

RuneE said...

Thank you so much for the kind words. May their death indeed not have been in vain.

Kay said...

This is a beautiful post, Dina. The whole world is holding Norway in their thoughts right now.

Francisca said...

Well done, Dina. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones for this senseless killing.

Shooting Parrots said...

Beautiful words and photos Dina. Most appropriate at this time.

Suzanne said...

Thank you Dina this is a lovely post and the Jesus' Beatitudes are words of comfort and hope.

VP said...

Beatitudes are fine with me, but a more efficent police force might have helped.

spacedlaw said...

What a beautiful score!

Nicole said...

Thank you, Dina.
Blessed are they...

jeng said...

Certainly, the beatitudes are a wonderful reminder for all of us on how we should treat other people and how should our actions be a reflection of our faith. Such a beautiful post for ABC Wednesday.

Rob and Mandy said...

Had some good friends in re, amongst the very nice italian franciscan nuns.

JM said...

Wonderful architecture!