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Sunday Hymn

Today is Palm Sunday, the day the Church remembers Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the start of Holy Week. This Sunday’s hymn is the traditional Palm Sunday hymn, All Glory, Laud, and Honor. The text goes all the way back to the year 820 when Theodulph (c. 760-821), the bishop of Orleans in France, was charged with treason and imprisoned by King Louis the Pious. Theodulph was a well-known poet as well as a founder of schools. While in prison, he wrote this poem and sang it out the window of his cell while King Louis passed by. Legend has it that Louis was so delighted with it that he set Theoldulph free. Another legend says that as Theodulph was traveling back to Orleans to reclaim his bishop’s seat he was poisoned and died.

The tune dates from much later, 1615 to be exact. The composer, Melchior Tescher, who was born in 1584 and died in 1635, was a pastor and musician who was killed in a Cossack attack.

The meter is 7 6 7 6 D, which means that there are four lines altern…

Simple Woman's Daybook--March 23, 2010

FOR TODAY~~March 23, 2010

Outside my window...It is cold and rainy after several days of beautiful weather, but at least my flowers are blooming!

I am sweet the daffodils on my table smell.

I am thankful for...a kitchen crammed with food after grocery shopping yesterday. It is truly a blessing to have so much food available!

From the learning rooms...Act IV of Hamlet, adding fractions with different denominators, the music of George Frideric Handel, voice lesson later this week for Girl of the House

From the kitchen...hamburger stroganoff for supper tonight

I am wearing... jeans and a black cable knit sweater

I am creating...I hope to begin a springy skirt for Girl of the House soon as well as continue with Girl Out of the House’s pillows.

I am going...Nowhere today. Grocery shopping yesterday, Lenten service at church tomorrow. I love days where I don’t have to go anywhere.

I am reading... the March/April issue of Touchstone magazine and this book Man of the House got me f…

Sunday Hymn, Spring, and Bach’s Birthday

My poor little blog has suffered lately. It’s a busy time of year for us teachers and homeschooling moms with standardized testing of various sorts, planning for next year, registration for classes opening soon, not to mention the extra time outside. Because, yes! spring is here! But more on that in a minute. First I want to pick up the Sunday hymn posts, which so far is a series of one. Lol So here goes . . .

Sunday Hymn~~St. Patrick’s Breastplate (I Bind unto Myself Today)

The text of this hymn is attributed to the well-known St. Patrick, a Briton who in the 5th century went to Ireland to evangelize the pagans and is now the patron saint of that country. It is a lorica, or prayer for protection, and if you think about it, it is no surprise that Patrick would ask the Lord for protection in a wild land full of people hostile to the faith. The words are powerful:

I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bin…

Housewifery 101

“It is only in recent generations that society does not recognize the importance of the person making a home.”

This quotation from Brenda reminded me of something that I have been noticing the last several years as I read books more than, say, fifty years old or watch movies based on those older books. My observation is this: Until the feminist revolution, people generally regarded the home and all that goes with it, including children, as so undeniably important that they thought it necessary that someone~the wife~be there to oversee it, to guide it, and to guard it. The feminists have tried to convince women (and they’ve been largely successful, more’s the pity) that we have been held back and chained down through the ages by our homemaking responsibilities, but the reality is that women were given the privilege of performing the incalculably essential tasks of homemaking. Today, we tend to think of the home and all its attendant duties as unimportant, at least not as important a…


You can tell how my busy my week has been by the fact that I haven’t posted since last Thursday. Actually, the last two weeks have been exceptionally busy. Helping Man of the House with the National Latin Exam and keeping up with my own duties both domestic and academic left no time for blogging or much else fun. And the week before that was standardized testing for our local homeschool support group. I missed posting the weekly hymn last Sunday and the Simple Woman’s Daybook on Tuesday (again!). Whew! I’m glad to be coming up for air!

But look! Lookee what bloomed last week! Spring is here!

More from My Commonplace Book

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”~C.S. Lewis

“You are indeed the heirs of a remarkable legacy~a legacy that has passed into your hands after no little tumult and travail; a legacy that is the happy result of sacrificial human relations, no less than of stupendous human achievements; a legacy that demands of you a lifetime of vigilance and diligence so that you may in turn pass the fruits of Christian civilization on to succeeding generations. This is the essence of the biblical view, the covenental view, and the classical view of education. This is the great legacy of truth which you are now the chief beneficiaries.”~Arthur Quiller-Couch

“And she vastly preferred writing a letter and walking with it to the post to using the telephone and hearing with horror her voice committing itself to things she would never have dreamed of doing if she’d had the time to think.”~Elizabeth Goudge, The Herb of Grace

“A man’s pocketbook is the …

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