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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Holy Week observed by over 4.5 Billions of World's Population

The Holy Week in the Christian community is the last segment of the Lenten Season and ends on Easter Sunday.

Holy Week, which commemorates the Passion of Christ, begins on Palm Sunday 2013, which falls on March 24, 2013. Holy Week 2013 ends on Holy Saturday 2013, which falls on March 30, 2013.
Lent (Latin: Quadragesima, "fortieth") is an observance in the liturgical year of many Christian  denominations, lasting for a period of approximately six weeks leading up to Easter. In most Western denominations Lent is taken to run from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) or to Easter Eve.

The traditional purpose of Lent is the penitential preparation of the believer—through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death and resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events of the Passion of Christ on Good Friday, which then culminates in the celebration on Easter Sunday of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Passion of the CHRIST 
 Uploaded by vancouverbcmovies on Mar 1, 2013

The Nicene Creed is the most widely accepted statement of faith among Christian churches. It is used by Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran and most Protestant churches.

Roman Catholics refer to the Nicene Creed as the "symbol of faith." In the Catholic Mass, it is also called the "Profession of Faith." 

The entire Roman Catholic faith is embodied in one prayer.

Modern English Version (From the Book of Common Prayer)

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

During Lent, many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence. The Stations of the Cross, a devotional commemoration of Christ's carrying the Cross and of his execution, are often observed. Many Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches bare their altars of candles, flowers, and other devotional offerings, while Crucifixes, religious statues, and other elaborate religious paraphernalia are often veiled in violet fabrics in observance of this event. In certain pious Catholic countries, grand processions and cultural customs are observed, and the faithful attempt to visit seven churches during Holy Week in honor of Jesus Christ heading to Mount Calvary.

Jesus is nailed to the cross

This event, along with its pious customs are observed by Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Anglicans, as well as some Baptists and Mennonites.

Since the Second Vatican Council, the Roman Catholic Church has redefined Good Friday into Holy Saturday as the first two days of the Easter Triduum rather than the last two days of Lent, but Lenten observances are maintained until the Easter Vigil.

In those churches which follow the Rite of Constantinople (e.g. Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholics), the forty days of Lent are counted differently; also, the date of Pascha (Easter) is calculated differently in the East than in the West (see Computus). The fast begins on Clean Monday, and Sundays are included in the count; thus, counting uninterruptedly from Clean Monday, Great Lent ends on the fortieth consecutive day, which is the Friday before Palm Sunday. The days of Lazarus Saturday, Palm Sunday and Holy Week are considered a distinct period of fasting. For more detailed information about the Eastern Christian practice of Lent, see the article Great Lent.

There are over 250 incorrupted Catholic Saints
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 Among Oriental Orthodox Catholics, there are various local traditions regarding Lent. The Coptic, Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Churches observe eight weeks of Lent, which, with both Saturdays and Sundays exempt, has forty days of fasting.[9] The first seven days of the fast are considered by some to be an optional time of preparation.[citation needed] Others attribute these seven days to the fast of Holofernes who asked the Syrian Christians to fast for him after they requested his assistance to repel the invading pagan Persians. Joyous Saturday and the week preceding it are counted separately from the forty day fast in accordance with the Apostolic Constitutions giving an extra eight days.

BEST Andrea Bocelli Song EVER! - (HQ Sound) - 
The Lord's Prayer (better than time to say goodbye)
There are traditionally forty days in Lent which are marked by fasting, both from foods and festivities, and by other acts of penance. The three traditional practices to be taken up with renewed vigour during Lent are prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self), and almsgiving (justice towards neighbour). Today, some people give up a vice of theirs, add something that will bring them closer to God, and often give the time or money spent doing that to charitable purposes or organizations.[12]

Schubert - Ave Maria (Opera)
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In many liturgical Christian denominations, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday form the Easter Triduum.[13] Lent is a season of grief that necessarily ends with a great celebration of Easter. It is known in Eastern Orthodox circles as the season of "Bright Sadness." It is a season of sorrowful reflection which is punctuated by breaks in the fast on Sundays.
 Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli - The Prayer
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

New 7 Wonders of Nature - I go for the reputed longest navigable underground river in the World - Philippine's Puerto Princesa Underground River

New7Wonders of Nature (2007-2011) was an initiative started in 2007 to create a list of seven natural wonders chosen by people through a global poll. It was led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber and organized by the New7Wonders Foundation, a Swiss-based foundation. The initiative followed the New7Wonders of the World, which attracted 100 million votes from around the world.

The Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines Underground River is reputed to be the longest navigable underground river in the World deserving to be one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

Here's why .....

Where precious stones and crystals 
can be found. ;)

Turquoise that gives added splendor to the place.

Under study gemstones that glitter like diamonds and adorn the floor 
and the surrounding walls. 

An awesome sight of crystals 

Of corals that blanket the high rise nature's wall

Facts from organizers of New7Wonders of Nature

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park Philippines, features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river.

A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences.
At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water's edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.

Take a short trip to
New 7 Wonders of Nature - 
Puerto Princesa Underground River
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underground river in puerto princesa palawan philippines 
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Friday, February 14, 2014

St. Valentine's Day

Enjoy this selected music as you discover more about Valentine's Day . . .

Valentine Song
by: daniehinmontreal Uploaded on Feb 7, 2008

Saint Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed and celebrated in many countries around the world on February 14 each year. 

St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration for early Christian saints named Valentinus as follows:

*****Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flamina. He was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. During his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote "from your Valentine" as a farewell to her.

Three places where the relics of Valentine of Rome are placed:


The flower crowned skull of St Valentine is exhibited in the BASILICA OF SANTA MARIA, COSMEDIN (ROMA, ITALY)

Basilica di Santa Prassede - Roma
Pope Paschal, who reigned 817-824, began two, linked, ambitious programs: the recovery of martyrs' bones from the catacombs of Rome and an almost unprecedented church building campaign. Paschal dug up numerous skeletons and transplanted them to this church. The Titulus S. Praxedis was established by Pope Evaristus, around 112.

Shrine of St. Valentine
Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church Dublin, Ireland
uploaded by : shamanigan Feb 7, 2010
Joe Mullally 
St. Valentine's (Rome-AD 269) remains were given to an Irish priest in 1835 by Pope Gregory XVI. The casket here contains the saint's remains and a small vessel tainted with his blood. 


*****Valentine of Tern became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location than Valentine of Rome. His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni (Basilica di San Valentino). 

Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni
PRODMLTV, Published on Jan 22, 2013 


*****A third saint named Valentine who was mentioned in early martyrologies under date of February 14. He was martyred in Africa with a number of companions, but nothing more is known about him. Saint Valentine's head was preserved in the abbey of New Minster, Winchester and venerated. 

Winchester Cathedral


Today, celebrating the feast day of Saint Valentine's Day are the Anglican and the Lutheran Church. While the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates Saint Valentine's Day, on July 6th and July 30th, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). 

St. Valentine’s Day has no connection with Lupercalia, with men drawing the names of girls at random to couple with them and was an archaic rite connected to fertility and observed February 13–15 in ancient Rome. Pope Gelasius I (492–496) abolished Lupercalia.

Lupercalia most likely derives from lupus, "wolf," though both the etymology and its significance are obscure (bronze wolf's head, 1st century AD)

The celebration of Saint Valentine did not have any romantic connotations until Geoffrey Chaucers poetry about "Valentines" in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.  By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionary, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

Some Vintage Valentine Cards

Handwritten Valentine poem "To Susanna", 
(Cork, Ireland dated Valentine's Day, 1850)

Dated and postmarked 1862

Advertisement for Prang's greeting cards, 1883

Whitney Valentine, 1887; Howland sold her New England Valentine Company to the George C. Whitney Company in 1881

Here's a Happy Valentines  
all year round to all !!!

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