Thursday, 29 August 2013

We'll surround our wastrel with the words from great traditions

A bit of this came from the secret ranch on the Big Sandy Creek...once again, as the weatherman said one time in Austin..." Extreme Central Texas".  We are still trying to figure that one out.

This bellicose Anthem is one of the great sounds that come
out of Orthodox and Protestant temples.  Oddly, although
pacifists and Jesus-haters love to point out how "un-Christian"
the song really is, most OROGs know that there is a "rest of the
story" angle here.  Far from being a song to pump the adrenalin
of doughboys trekking off to the trenches of Alsace and the barbed
wire and mustard gas to kill is actually the Battle Anthem
of those whose enemy is the Devil.   Their battle plan is to pick up the Devil's
wounded soldiers....left on the field of battle by the Devil...left for someone
else to attend.   And someone does.   But it's the other military unit on the
battlefield.   The Salvation Army.  This is the theme anthem written
especially for The Salvation Army.



This very early Gregorian Chant is thought by many to be one of
the inspirations in the construct of the Nicene Creed, that statement
of faith that embodied what scores of Bishops in conference thought
best united the Christian World's understanding of what Christianity
was, is, and would forever be.   It's a little long, but worth the effort.


As always it is a pleasure to be with everyone here.  More later.
El Gringo Viejo