Monday, February 27, 2006

The Pater noster

I've decided to blog about a rather simple prayer, the Our Father (Pater noster), after being inspired by the recent homily on Sunday (Quiquagesima Sunday) given by Fr. Couture and Fr. Adrian Wee.
First and foremost, here is the Pater noster, the Our Father in latin.
Pater noster,
qui es in caelis.
Sanctificetur nomen tuum:
Adveniat regnum tuum:
Fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in caelo,
et in terra.
Panem nostrum
quptidianum da nobis hodie:
Et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem.
S. Sed libera nos a malo.
P. Amen.
Here's the English translation which I'm sure may be familiar to some of you:
Our Father,
Who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy Kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation.
S. But deliver us from evil.
P. Amen.
Take time to reflect on these words, given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. It really is very amazing to see how short and simple a prayer holds the very facets of our Catholic faith, in such majesty and in such simple "simplicity" I may add.
I'm not qualified to expound on the theology of this short and simple prayer but I would like to highlight a few very interesting points that I took back from the sermons. =)
Sanctificetur nomen tuum/Hallowed be Thy Name - The Most Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ! - Which must always, in all things be HONOURED and LOVED.
Adveniat regnum tuum/Thy Kingdom come - Expresses our Hope of meriting eternal Heaven.
Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo, et in terra/Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven - We must always do God's will - even when we don't think we want to do it.
and coming to the most important:
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie/Give us this day our daily bread - It emphasizes how much we need HIM in the Holy Eucharist almost every day of our life because we are so weak and so frail and thus the need to always constantly nourish our soul with this most precious gift God gave to us through his bloody passion and crucifixion. He is really present in the blessed sacrament in the Altar and also really present (transsubstantiation) when we Catholics receive him at the communion rail. His bloody passion and crucifixion are repeated everyday in all the masses being said throughout the world in an unbloody manner. When the priest says the words of the consecration, the host becomes the body of Christ in a manner in which the appearance of the host doesn't change but the substance, the very substance changes so subtlely, for our sakes.
"The consecrated bread and wine maintain their species or normal appearance, with all their natural qualities or accidents: colors, odors, density, weight, taste. But their substance is changed in a supernatural way. By virtue of the words of consecration, they have become "the body, the soul, and the divinity" of Our Lord Jesus Christ."
I need to end here now. - there are piles of essays, tests and even a MIDI composition to finish. =) but,
Dearest Lord,
"et ne nos inducas in tentationem.
Sed libera nos a malo."
+ J.M.J.A

Sunday, February 12, 2006

My Life in Pictures =)

I've been looking through all my posts and I realised that they have all been about really really serious things. =) Which is good! - But =p here's the lighter side of things that has been going on especially over the recent festive season (christmas, new year, mum's bday, parent's 22nd wedding anniversary,cny and today's "Impromtu Dinner").
Pls ignore the date on the pictures - i forgot to change the date setting on my camera. haha.
Happy viewing! =)

The Altar at home!

a retarded me =)

Josh, my little nephew =)

Joshua the Maestro



The four cousins! - pick out my sister haha =) the other two are my beloved cousins!=)

Grandmama and youngest auntie =)

My Family on cny - notice our hair (flying all over) and my mother's angry face =P

For the last 22 years, I thee wed, I thee cherish and I thee love. In nomine Patri, et Filii, et Spiritui Santi. (In the name of the Father, And of the Son, And of the Holy Ghost) Amen!

The Three Girls in my father's life.

My Father and US .. Nise and I!

A candid shot of her, who for only her birthday, decided readily to smile for the camera.

Posing for the camera yet once again...

A must-see! Nominated for "the most hilarous output" in Rachel's Photo Awards ... hmmm

And of course, not forgetting my other sister - Angeline! =) see we are at odds with each other .. I wonder why? is it just for the camera? =) ha!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Jesus Mary Joseph !

V. Jesu, mitis et humilis corde.
R. Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum.
V. Jesus, meek and humble of heart.
R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.