Snow Reflections

The wet snow is falling and accumulating fast on the ground.  Max is curled at the front door on his Bambi blanket, wasted after a good workout.  I stomped and he shook as we stepped inside our warm home; a day of rest and nesting awaiting!  One or two birds eat at the feeder.  The porridge, sprinkled with raisins, is cooking on the stove top.  And I am filled with a giddy recollection of last evening, spent with two good friends.

We met at the Hyatt, where I finally heard jazz musician,  Simon Fisk and keyboardist, Sheldon Zandboer.  What an opportunity.

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Over a glass of wine, Wendy, Lauraine and I enjoyed lively conversation and then headed out to view the MOCA  Día de los Muertos altars.  It just happened to be that my artist-friend, Katherine Lakeman, had built an altar to the memory of her father, a military man who had passed away 17 years ago.  It was so good to talk to Katherine as we hadn’t seen one another in years.  Artist and writer, John Clinock, of Vancouver, does an exceptional job of covering some of the tradition of these festivities and the visual art on his current blog post here.

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Kath snuggles up with the big guy.

Kath snuggles up with the big guy.

Wendy and Kath share some laughs.

Wendy and Kath share some laughs.

Kat Lakeman and Angel

Kat Lakeman and Angel

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Angel gave us the back story and tradition of Latino communities regarding these altars to honour the dead over All Saints and All Souls days.

Angel gave us the back story and tradition of Latino communities regarding these altars to honour the dead over All Saints and All Souls days.

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Wendy gets close up with Evan Penny's Janet.

Wendy gets close up with Evan Penny’s Janet.

From MOCA, we walked down to the Art Gallery of Calgary for Canada’s Portrait Competition, a perusal of the artRISE contributions by local artists and an entertaining visit with several people I hadn’t seen in a very long time.  It was particularly great to visit with Steve Gin, Billy McCarroll who will be enjoying an opening at Jarvis Hall Fine Art Gallery today, along with his friend, Ed Edwards.  It was a full evening and I have to say that the treasure in it all was spending time with good friends…lots of laughter.

Canada's Portrait Competition

All Saints’ Day

In the afternoon, I went to work on the Tree of Life/Resurrection Tree, having decided to apply the names of the Saints listed in my resource.  I got as far as page 15 of 25 pages and then my fingers, hand and shoulder were too sore to continue.  I will finish the application of these names next Tuesday, beginning with Juan Diego who died in 1548.

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I’m including here a complete write-up from this website.  I want to make certain that my information is correct here.

Solemnity celebrated on the first of November. It is instituted to honour all the saints, known and unknown, and, according to Urban IV, to supply any deficiencies in the faithful’s celebration of saints’ feastsduring the year.

In the early days the Christians were accustomed to solemnize the anniversary of a martyr’s death for Christ at the place of martyrdom. In the fourth century, neighbouring dioceses began to interchange feasts, to transfer relics, to divide them, and to join in a common feast; as is shown by the invitation of St. Basil of Caesarea (397) to the bishops of the province of Pontus. Frequently groups of martyrs suffered on the same day, which naturally led to a joint commemoration. In the persecution of Diocletian the number of martyrs became so great that a separate day could not be assigned to each. But the Church, feeling that every martyr should be venerated, appointed a common day for all. The first trace of this we find in Antioch on the Sunday after Pentecost. We also find mention of a common day in a sermon of St. Ephrem the Syrian (373), and in the 74th homily of St. John Chrysostom (407). At first only martyrs and St. John the Baptist were honoured by a special day. Other saints were added gradually, and increased in number when a regular process of canonization was established; still, as early as 411 there is in the Chaldean Calendar a “Commemoratio Confessorum” for the Friday after Easter. In the West Boniface IV, 13 May, 609, or 610, consecrated the Pantheon in Rome to the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs, ordering an anniversary. Gregory III (731-741) consecrated a chapel in the Basilica of St. Peter to all the saints and fixed the anniversary for 1 November. A basilica of the Apostles already existed in Rome, and its dedication was annually remembered on 1 May. Gregory IV (827-844) extended the celebration on 1 November to the entire Church. The vigil seems to have been held as early as the feast itself. The octave was added by Sixtus IV (1471-84). ”

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