Shanah Tovah Umetukah

שנה טובה ומתוקה‎‎

My wish for all my friends who celebrate the beginning of a new year:

A Good and a Sweet Year!

rosh-hashana

And to all my family, friends, and loved ones regardless of faith or practice I extend the traditional Sephardic greeting:

Tizku Leshanim Rabbot
May you merit many years

To which the answer is:

Ne’imot VeTovot
Pleasant and good ones

On this day in 1870: Bersaglieri corps enter Rome through the Porta Pia and complete the unification of Italy, ending de facto the temporal power of popes.

Happy and Glorious

Long to reign over us

During my lifetime, except for the first few years when her father was my country’s monarch, she has reigned over Canada as our Queen and Head of State.  And in my estimation it has been both a happy and glorious reign.

Happy Birthday 91st birthday to an remarkable lady.  And may God Save the Queen.

On this day in 1849: The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal’s English population and triggering the Montreal Riots.

 

Easter 2017

℣Christ Arose!
℟Christ Surely Arose!
Alleluia!
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The Gospel of Luke
Chapter 24
1 Nowe the first day of the weeke early in the morning, they came vnto the sepulchre, and brought the odours, which they had prepared, and certaine women with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre, 3 And went in, but found not the body of the Lord Iesus.
4 And it came to passe, that as they were amased thereat, beholde, two men suddenly stood by them in shining vestures.
5 And as they were afraide, and bowed downe their faces to the earth, they sayd to them, Why seeke ye him that liueth, among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake vnto you, when he was yet in Galile,
7 Saying, that the sonne of man must be deliuered into the hands of sinfull men, and be crucified, and the third day rise againe.
8 And they remembred his wordes,
9 And returned from the sepulchre, and tolde all these things vnto the eleuen, and to all the remnant.
10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Ioanna, and Mary the mother of Iames, and other women with them, which tolde these things vnto the Apostles.
11 But their wordes seemed vnto them, as a fained thing, neither beleeued they them.
12 Then arose Peter, and ran vnto the sepulchre, and looked in, and saw the linnen clothes laide by themselues, and departed wondering in himselfe at that which was come to passe.

The Geneva Bible
Published 1560

To all my family and friends
Happy Easter – Joyeuses Pâques – buona Pasqua

On this day in 1818: The United States Senate ratifies the Rush–Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada.

Whom Seekest Thou?

Blessed are they who have not seen and yet have believed.

Again this year I am posting the Easter Story as it is recounted in the King James version of the Gospel of St. John and as recalled by Dame Patricia Routledge.  Beautiful in the richness of the language and in the simplicity of her telling.

On this day in 1755: Samuel Johnson‘s A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London.