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12/04/16 - NNHS Newsletter - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
(Second Sunday in Advent)
“Peace is the first thing the angels sang. Peace is the mark of the
sons of God. Peace is the nurse of love.
- Pope Leo I (Leo the Great) (c. 390/400 - 10 Nov 461)
DearFriends and Schoolmates,
Today is the Second Sunday in Advent, which this week emphasizes Peace.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaMNk_Hc8mQ - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Frank Sinatra - What more could you really want?!?
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv5NMG1KYEA - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Johnny Mathis, 1958
BONUS #3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQIz8enVmbk - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Ray Conniff Singers, 1965
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwBajJ3ZFVo - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Julie Andrews, 1969
BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH0HDNTrHFw - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Sixpence None the Richer, 2003
BONUS #6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXTk9tadkvY - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Josh Groban, 2007
BONUS #7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m71c9p9a1dA - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 2010
"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" (sometimes rendered as "It
Came Upon a Midnight Clear") is a poem and
carol written by
Edmund Sears, pastor of the
Unitarian Church in
Wayland, Massachusetts. Sears' lyrics are most commonly set to one
of two melodies: "Carol," composed by
Richard Storrs Willis, or "Noel," adapted from an English melody.
Edmund Sears composed the five-stanza poem in 1849. It first appeared on December 29, 1849 in the Christian Register in Boston. Sears is said to have written these words at the request of his friend, William Parsons Lunt, pastor of United First Parish Church, Quincy, Massachusetts.
In 1850, Richard Storrs Willis, a composer who trained under Felix Mendelssohn, wrote the melody called "Carol." This melody is most often set in the key of B-flat major in a six-eight time signature. "Carol" is the most widely known tune to the song in the United States.
In the United Kingdom the tune called "Noel", which was adapted from an English melody in 1874 by Arthur Sullivan, is the usual accompaniment. This tune also appears as an alternate in The Hymnal 1982, the hymnal of the United States Episcopal Church.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);
07 - Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND Tim Parsons ('73) of VA;
09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57) AND Joan Gardner ('63);
10 - John Murden ('60) of VA AND Glen Davenport ('63) of VA;
11 - Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 04, 1939 -
HMS Nelson was struck by a
mine (laid by
U-31) off the
coast and was laid up for repairs until August 1940.
December 04, 1942 - U.S. bombers attacked the Italian mainland for the first time during World War II.
THIS DAY IN 1966:
|Sunday, December 04, 1966 - Actor and musician Fred Armisen was born Fereydun Robert Armisen in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.|
|“Overdoing it is
especially common this time of the year for many of us. The causes for
this might include too many Christmas activities to attend, too much to
eat, too much money spent, too many expectations, and too much tension.
Often our efforts at Christmastime result in our feeling stressed out,
wrung out, and worn out during a time we should feel the simple joys of
commemorating the birth of our Savior. Finding the real joy of Christmas
comes not in the hurrying and the scurrying to get more done, nor is it
found in the purchasing of gifts. We find real joy when we make the
Savior the focus of the season.”
-Thomas S. Monson
(b. 21 Aug 1927)
From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 12/03/16:
|“I was such an ugly
kid. When I played in the sandbox the cat kept trying to cover me up.”
Here are several really nice
photos to enjoy.
From George Helliesen ('61) of VA - 11/20/16 - "Four Legged Soldiers (#14 in a series of 30)":
|MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, George!|
From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 12/04/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#4 in a Series of 24)":
|As a father I have recently begun to think more
often of Joseph, that strong, silent, almost unknown man who must have
been more worthy than any other mortal man to be the guiding foster
father of the living Son of God. It was Joseph selected from among all
men who would teach Jesus to work. It was Joseph who taught him the
books of the law. It was Joseph who, in the seclusion of the shop,
helped him begin to understand who he was and ultimately what he was to
I was a student ... just finishing my first year of graduate work when our first child, a son, was born. We were very poor, though not so poor as Joseph and Mary. My wife and I were both going to school, both holding jobs, and in addition worked as head residents in an off-campus apartment complex to help defray our rent. We drove a little Volkswagen which had a half-dead battery because we couldn’t afford a new one (Volkswagen or battery).
Nevertheless, when I realized that our own night of nights was coming, I believe I would have done any honorable thing in this world, and mortgaged any future I had, to make sure my wife had the clean sheets, the sterile utensils, the attentive nurses, and the skilled doctors who brought forth our firstborn son. If she or that child had needed special care at the Mayo Clinic, I believe I would have ransomed my very life to get it.
I compare those feelings (which I have had with each succeeding child) with what Joseph must have felt as he moved through the streets of a city not his own, with not a friend or kinsman in sight, nor anyone willing to extend a helping hand. In these very last and most painful hours of her “confinement,” Mary had ridden or walked approximately 100 miles from Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem in Judea. Surely Joseph must have wept at her silent courage. Now, alone and unnoticed, they had to descend from human company to a stable, a grotto full of animals, there to bring forth the Son of God.
I wonder what emotions Joseph might have had as he cleared away the dung and debris. I wonder if he felt the sting of tears as he hurriedly tried to find the cleanest straw and hold the animals back. I wonder if he wondered: “Could there be a more unhealthy, a more disease-ridden, a more despicable circumstance in which a child could be born? Is this a place fit for a king? Should the mother of the Son of God be asked to enter the valley of the shadow of death in such a foul and unfamiliar place as this? Is it wrong to wish her some comfort? Is it right He should be born here?”
But I am certain Joseph did not mutter and Mary did not wail. They knew a great deal and did the best they could.
Perhaps these parents knew even then that in the beginning of His mortal life, as well as in the end, this baby son born to them would have to descend beneath every human pain and disappointment. He would do so to help those who also felt they had been born without advantage.
Thank you so very much, Tammy!
BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS:
Tammy C. Hildebrand's Mr. and Mrs. Frosty
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/holly-table-runner - Holly Table Runner
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/crochet-holly-stocking-0 - Marilyn Coleman's Holly Stocking
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/country-christmas - Country Christmas Placemat and Coaster
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/pinwheels-table-tree - Mary Jane Protus' Pinwheels for Table & Tree
BONUS CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES:
Chewy Coconut Macaroons - "So easy to make,
and so versatile - you'll want to try all the variations included with
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chewy-coconut-cookies/ - Chewy Coconut Cookies - "Lots of coconut and sugar make these cookies chewy and delicious."
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/coconut-macaroons-iii/ - Coconut Macaroons III - "This recipe has won many 1st place ribbons at my state fair. They are very simple to make."
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/03/08:
This cookie - candy recipe is soooo yummy - and great for taking caroling to your friends!
From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/03/16:
|Q: Who takes care of the farm when the farmer
A: The pharmacist.
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 11/29/16
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Love to all, Carol
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Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Words by Edmund Hamilton Sears (06 Apr 1810 – 14 Jan 1876), 1849
Richard Storrs Willis
(10 Feb 1819 – 10 May 1900), 1859
It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
"Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heavens all gracious King!"
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.
Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled;
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world:
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o'er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.
O ye beneath life's crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow;
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
Oh rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing.
For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophets seen of old,
When with the ever-circling years
Shall come the time foretold,
When the new heaven and earth shall own
The Prince of Peace, their King,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.
"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" midi courtesy of
"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" lyrics and history courtesy of http://www.carols.org.uk/it_came_upon_a_midnight_clear.htm - 12/05/05
Animated Christmas Tree clip art courtesy of Judy Bowermaster of IL - 12/25/05
Second Sunday of Advent (PEACE) Image courtesy of https://greenhillpc.wordpress.com/2014 - 11/26/16
Gold Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html - 01/05/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
School's Crab clip art courtesy of
http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!
courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16
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