The heart of the Christian community is our Triune Lord: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Geography, history, and numbers are not the heart, but probably I will type mostly on these topics. As the internet already provides many encouraging spiritual guides and discouraging contentious forums, I intend to offer neither.
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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Come Thou, Almighty King

The Director of Music at the parish of St. William the Abbot does a magnificent job of selecting hymns appropriate for the Sunday feast (in its cycle) or the readings from Holy Scripture.  Among other hymns this Trinity Sunday, he chose "Come, Thou Almighty King. Help Us Thy Name to Sing."
The Hymnary.org website helps explain the era and country in which the hymn was written anonymously:  18th Century England.  The melody (often indicated to the top right of the song page) merely says Italian Hymn, but is further described as written by Felice di Giardini (1716-1796) particularly for this beautiful Trinitarian hymn while he was in England!
Note how the verses 1 to 3 each address a Person of the Trinity, and the fourth verse includes all in the mystery.
Please see the Hymnary page HERE.  There's much on that page, so be sure to scroll through it.
We also sang Reginald Heber's version of the Trisagion.  His biography on Wikipedia fascinates me, especially since three priests from India serve our parish for periods of time.
We also sang "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name," a paraphrase of the Te Deum.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sacred Heart, Island Park

There are two parishes in Nassau County named Sacred Heart.  This one, in Island Park, is the older one, being established in 1938.  Its address is 282 Long Beach Road, Island Park NY 11558, telephone 516-432-0655.  Its website is linked here.
Regarding the Mass schedule: The same schedule was seen here in May, 2015.

The tent may signal preparation for the annual feast of San Gennaro.

Across Long Beach Road is the parish center.
The N15 bus provides frequent service on this street, connecting Roosevelt Field, Mineola, and Hempstead with Long Beach.  The above three photos were taken in 2011.

In May, 2015, I visited the church after the Tuesday morning Mass. This was still the Easter season.  I wonder whether the celebration of the Resurrection is there all year long, as its reality endures.