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Christmas? Bah humbug! Can't stand Christmas! Christ wasn't born in December anyway - if he ever existed, which is doubtful.New Year? New beginnings? Rubbish! New beginnings my foot! The world is just as bad as ever.
The fact that Christmas as a feasttime has multiple origins each of which having a validity of viewpoint and possibly continuing heritage from the origins of man's consciousness makes its celebration more potent, more all encompassing, more important, taking multiple meanings and symbolistics, piled into one and condensed and concentrated. No single aspect diminishes the whole and it becomes and enrichment of the threads of tapestry within which we live.
I am not a fan of churchesSubmitted by secretsquirrel on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 12:48.I am not a fan of churches being tax free but I don't lose any sleep over it. Part of the reason is due to the tremendous amount of charitable work Catholic Charities does in the communities they serve. I don't care what they believe, how they believe, what they worship or how they choose to do so. There is a return on their presence in this community and if they want to invest in an organ comprised of parts from all of the now defunct parishes to symbolize the union of these parishes, what possible difference could it make to the average Joe?In the end, there will be beautiful music coming from a group of people who cherish something special, share in their faith and experience a fellowship more beneficial than that of the holy taxpayer.Congratulations to Divine Mercy and their congregation. Login or register to post commentsWhat could have been done?Submitted by quizkid on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 11:57.What could a quarter of a million $ do in a community ?Definition of OSTENTATIOUS:marked by or fond of conspicuous or vainglorious and sometimes pretentious displaySeven Deadly Sins:LustGluttonyGreedSlothAcediaWrathEnvyPrideVAINGLORY".....The prominence and priority of the organ is one of the deciding factors in a musician’s decision to serve a faith community.”What happened to faith and serving your god ?“We also believe this organ will attract talent and leadership to our church...."So you have no talent and leadership now ? Or the fact that you can spend $250,000 on just an an organ will bring talent and leadership with $ signs in their eyes ? Login or register to post commentsPNYBT: Not quite sure about your blog (??)Submitted by ConcernedFbltCitizen on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 00:59.Attn: "pnybt" ---Your comment in your blog is confusing. You stated: "$250,000.000 for a pipe organ using parts from the other churches?. Dig deeper Faribault citizens. The church will be asking for more money for "God" -----The cost of the organ has nothing to do with "Fblt citizens" digging deeper as you suggested. The cost of the organ is being paid for and handled by "parish members" and Divine Mercy Church funding, not by the " Fblt community" as a whole. And....the church supports and helps out many members of the community, which is just the opposite of what you suggest. Login or register to post commentsnew organ =more moneySubmitted by pnybt on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 09:57.$250,000.000 for a pipe organ using parts from the other churches?. Dig deeper Faribault citizens. The church will be asking for more money for "God"
So I think we should better avoid such debates on an organ forum.From that view point, such a signature as the one discussed here is a provocative thing, as it tends to launchsuch debates.In the troubled times we live in, maybe it is better to restrict onesellf, with such matters, to a silent study, confrontation, meditation with the sources. The rest belongs to who we know.
We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in:machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.Our knowledge has made us cynical,our cleverness hard and unkind.We think too much and feel too little:
You did not express ideas which might be awkward to those from whom you depended for money, so you kept quiet, ideas were left unexpressed, unexplored, undeveloped, in the subsequent generations merely silent internalised thoughts . . . and died.
The adoption of equal temperament made it possible to play and listen to a much less limited repertoire on a single instrument without wanting to tear one's head off... a church near me has recently spent a lot of money on a new organ, around a nucleus of 1760s pipework. It is beautifully built, looks beautiful but the damn thing is in meantone temperament (and also has no pedals at all, but that's another matter)
Disaffection reigns supreme. I can see a situation where the organ will end up back where it was, rebuilt, enlarged, and put into equal temperament.
Freedom of thought also flourished in the 19th century.
Additionally, Victorian man got up off his backside, threw his grandfather's stupid curly wig on the fire and actually achieved things, making the world a better place. Food production was streamlined by the industrialisation of agriculture,
Lastly, don't even get me going on Freemasonry. If I gave vent to my thoughts about them, the funny handshake brigade would sue me and this forum's owners for libel/slander (and win, they run the judiciary) and have the forum closed down, which I don't want to happen.