Remember when Sandy went to see Ashley, and he didn’t realise just how bad he was? He came home to Laurel and said “I can understand him forgetting me; but not you.” Yesterday, that look in Ashley’s eyes when he and Laurel danced, I like to believe - along with her - that for one brief moment between the lyrics and bars of that song that he remembered who she was, and that she was the love of his life.
One of the reasons I think I like Emma Watson’s voice so much is because of how simple it is. She doesn’t hit insane notes like Paige O'Hara did. Although Paige has a beautiful voice and made the perfect Belle, I don’t think Belle necessarily needs to be a perfect singer. She is a country girl. She wears simple dresses and likes to read in her spare time. Belle isn’t a princess (well, not initially), she doesn’t like extravagant things. Belle likes books and Belle likes flowers. She grew up in a small village, although she wants much more than this provincial life. Belle is someone many people can probably relate to because of this. She isn’t necessarily special. She’s beautiful and intelligent, and independent to a fault, but she doesn’t have magical glowing hair or turn into a frog or have a pumpkin change into a carriage for her. Belle is, in essence, just a farm girl, and even though Emma admittedly isn’t the strongest singer, she has a rather nice voice and I think it fits the part of Belle very well.
and I like how she lowers the key so I have a better chance at hitting the notes
Martha! So I'm going to be attending my local Byzantine Catholic Church for Mass. I'm so excited, but I don't want to look like an idiot. Any do's/don'ts i should be aware of?
AAAAAAAAH, my friend you’re going to love it. Like I’m most definitely biased but I think the Eastern Church is the most beautiful form of worship on earth and I always get excited when people decide to attend liturgy.
•So you should definitely venerate the icons! They’ll most likely have one on a podium thing, standing front and center (sometimes as many as three). I usually venerate the icon as soon as I enter and the last thing i do before I leave. It’s super simple: stand before the icon, cross yourself twice, kiss the icon on the lower corner, and then cross yourself again.
• Don’t venerate the icons while wearing lipstick tho because the last thing you want is a bright pink kiss mark on it😂
•Cross yourself and bow in the direction of the iconostasis (the beautiful screen of icons which connects the knave of the church to the sanctuary, where the altar and tabernacle are kept) before entering your pew! There may not be pews, if not that’s okay. Bow upon entering and exiting the church.
• Don’t genuflect or kneel. In the east kneeling is is viewed as an act of penance and sorrow. But Sunday is a little Easter, it is a joyous occasion! So rejoice!!!! Stand during the consecration and after receiving the Eucharist😁
• The whole liturgy is in song! Your church will most likely have a little book that contains all the prayers and hymns if you want to follow along! Even if you can’t find the book, there’s a few parts that are repeated a LOT! By the end of Liturgy you’ll be singing “Lord have mercy” like a pro
• Before the Homily, the priest may say “Glory to Jesus Christ” and you’ll respond by saying, “Glory to him forever.”
• Do receive the Eucharist! (As long as you’re properly disposed to receive of course. Any Catholic may receive the Eucharist at any Catholic Church, Roman or Eastern. But Catholics aren’t permitted to receive Eucharist from an Orthodox Church.) The Byzantine Church use leavened bread, not communion wafers. It’s cut into little sugar cube sizes and and mixed with the wine. The priest administers the Eucharist directly into your mouth with a spoon. You’ll walk up with your hands folded over your chest, tilt your head back, open your mouth (but don’t stick out your tongue), and the priest will give you the Eucharist. He may ask your name right before too.
• Don’t shut your mouth down on the spoon! Don’t stick your tongue out because the Body might fall. And if you’re not going to receive communion, don’t walk up for a blessing, just remain standing.
•Do venerate the cross! Anyone can do it, Catholic/Orthodox/Protestant whatever. It’s super easy. The priest will say the proper greeting for the Liturgical season, and you reply with the proper response. As of right now the priest would say something along the lines of “Christ is among us”, to which you would reply, “He is and ever shall be” (these change during Christmas and Easter though) After that you’ll kiss the cross and then kiss the priest’s hand that’s holding the base of the cross. We kiss the cross because it’s the instrument of our salvation and we kiss the priest’s hand because his hands have held the most holy Body and Blood of Jesus.
•Some parishes don’t do the hand kiss though, so you may want to double check.
•Do partake in the antidoron, just like venerating the cross anyone can do it! After you kiss the cross you’ll walk past an altar server carrying a bowl or a basket. It’s filled with bread. Blessed but not consecrated, so it’s not the Eucharist, just bread. Take it. Not the whole bowl though because rude, take one piece. If there’s extra they’ll pass it around and then you can get more if you’d like.
•Cross yourself as often as you’d like and whenever you feel it’s appropriate. There are a few parts where you bow but the priest will tell you “bow your heads to the lord” so you don’t need to worry about knowing when, and you can also just take queues from those around you! ☺️
• If you have an Eastern Christian friend, ask them to go with you. They can help answer any questions about why something is or how something should be done. If you don’t know anyone from the Church already, I would get there a little early and introduce yourself to the priest or deacon or just a friendly looking lay person. These are usually very small communities so if you introduce yourself to one person you’ll quickly become acquainted with just about everyone.
I know it sounds like a lot, but everyone there is going to be so kind and understanding, so don’t worry about doing everything _perfect_ Your primary concern should just be being there, and worshiping Christ and encountering him with all your senses. Like literally hearing, feeling, taste, touch, smell; It’s amazing. I wish I could go with you! There’s nothing I love more than bringing friends to Liturgy with me!
every time I think of what happened on the way to my Tech class.. (Which I’m currently in) Okay, so, this guy I like rides the same Tech bus as me and lives in my town, blah blah blah. He and one of my other friends likes to tease me and what not. They’ll stare at me with such serious faces, and that’s enough to make me burst out laughing. They were doing that to me today and I finally decided to see if I could match the cute guy’s stare level. Plus, it was just another excuse to look at his gorgeous eyes!!! Okay, anyway, so I did the thing, smiling the whole damn time, but I lasted quite awhile, and now that I think about it..maybe he thinks my eyes are pretty too…Maybe he likes me too..Maybe he’s flirting with me too! So yeah, probably not, but I feel all nice and tidy because of it..<3
Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.