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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Good day

'Took the top off and spent a few pleasurable hours tooling around the Santa Cruz Mountains:

After that, a little shopping at a local bike shop :-)

Descente cycling jersey. Front view. They really make great gear. Their Classic Chevron Pro Short, which cost me SGD$120 (US$76) in 1993, lasted 11 years.

Back view.
You gotta love Erik Cartman :-P

A couple CDs from the Jesuit Retreat House:

The psalm "Miserere mei Deus" is a prayer for mercy, contrition, and renewal. Since the 1630s, Gregorio Allegri's famous setting has been sung at dawn during Holy Week, while the Pope kneels in prayer in the solemn candlelit atmosphere of the Sistine Chapel. This contemporary version, recorded in the spectral grandeur of Osnabrück Cathedral, adds new material composed by Vladimir Ivanoff to the ethereal harmonies of the Osnabrück Youth Choir and the elegiac brass tones of the cornetto, recreating the mysterious beauty of this sacred classic.

i. Miserere Mei
ii. Et Secundum
iii. Amplius
iv. Tibi Soli
v. Ecce Enim
vi. Asperges Me
vii. Averte Faciem
viii. Cor Mundum
ix. Danza I
x. Quoniam Si Voluisses
xi. Tunc Acceptabis
xii. Sofferenza
xiii. Tunc Imponent
xiv. Danza Ii

The sublime tradition of Russian sacred choral music began with Byzantine chants and evolved to full harmonic magnificence in the later 19th century. In the great mixed choirs, earthly and ethereal voices join in ardent prayers of devotion and transcendent invocation of "Amen!" and "Alleluia!" Perhaps even more than its best-selling predecessor, this collection of choral masterworks by Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Komitas, Bach and others "sets the soul soaring beyond worldly cares."

i. Alleluia, Behold the Bridegroom
ii. Sourp Sourp (Holy Holy)
iii. Lord have Mercy
iv. The Mercy of Peace (Excerpts)
v. Komm Susser Tod (Bach)
vi. Serenade
vii. Grant Us This O LORD
viii. Our Father
ix. Gloria (Excerpt)
x. Peaceful Light (Kiev Chant)
xi. Praise the LORD O My Soul (Greek Chant)
xii. Blessed Art Thou O LORD (Kiev Chant)
xiii. Chorale
xiv. Amen, Alleluia

And a booklet:

Catholic Answers to Fundamentalists' Questions provides a basic resource for Catholics who are being pressured to account for their beliefs with respect to fundamentalism. It offers clear, accurate, and easy-to-read answers to many questions that sincere Christians ask about the Catholic faith. This new edition has been updated in light of recent scholarship--including references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church--and it accounts for the changing social, political and religious landscape of Christianity.

Among the basic areas of faith and practice covered in this book are Scripture and Tradition; teaching authority and the papacy; salvation; Mass and holy Communion; devotion to Mary and the saints; creation, evolution, and original sin; and the Second Coming and Last Judgment. A new section provides practical guidelines for getting along.



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