Category: Culture

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Sacred (Romantic) Music Sunday

Happy Valentine’s Day! Since this Sacred Music Sunday post falls on Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fun to post some romantic sacred music.  Yes, there is such a thing.  I immediately thought...

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Relief Society Lesson 4: Help From on High

Traducción española/Click for Spanish Translation.  Translation and adaptation generously supplied by Lindsay Wilde Unsworth.   Opening hymn: Cast Thy Burden Upon The Lord, p 110 Suggested closing hymn: I Need Thee Every Hour, p 98...

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To sustain or not to sustain?

  We had ward conference yesterday, and as part of that, the leaders of the church were put to a sustaining vote.  I admit that I had a personal quandary about whether to participate...

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Am I Saved?

A part of each work day for me is spent sitting, being, and sharing with people who are at the end of life. Cancer treatment has failed and as they face the reality that...

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Sacred Music: The Ninety and Nine

As the daughter of a Jazz musician, I often struggled to like church hymns when I was in my early teens. The funerary pace at which most hymns were played, and the (un)written rules that...

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Sacred Music Sunday: O Magnum Mysterium

When it comes to music that is both Sacred and Christmas, O Magnum Mysterium by Dr. Morten Lauridsen succeeds beautifully on both counts. This work was inspired by the painting above, Still Life with Lemons, Oranges,...

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A Hymn, Wild and Sweet

When I was in junior high my best friend’s mom decided that a group of neighborhood girls needed to go caroling.  I remember being surprised at how much I loved Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “I...