Sunday, September 13, 2009

Last Sunday Brunch Before Trip, Next week Loch Ness! Walk w/ CD &AG, Are My Puffins OK? Lightbulbs, & Calling Saint Michael In French, Latin &English

It is a cold and blustry day Up Dutch Harbor way...............

................So Lets warm up up with a good Sunday Brunch

Junior will make the Waffles or Omlettes any way you want!

The Chicken with Fennel is one of my favorites........

..........But Really, It's all about the Desserts Right?
For CB Today it was Strawberries and Tiramisu!

Hard to believe but next week at this time I will be driving through Scotland on my way from Edinburgh to Loch Ness. (Actually it will be like 10:30 at Night as I write this at 1:30 AST time So hopefully I will be in my Bed after just as yummy a meal)
With all the recent storms "Glass Beach" is really living up to it's name. And with the Eagles still AWOL while nesting the Seagulls are out all over the place.

I knew I should have never Shown CD this Beach!!! With New Beach Glass addict AG they now just can not stay away!!!

I am really worried about my Puffins. It almost looks like the Crack that they nest in down on Bunker Hill has collapased a bit. I have not seen any for day coming in or out of there. If any other locals have let me know!! I'm a bit worried, who else will eat all my leftover bread?

As I get ready for my trip This entire past weeks has been taken up with Schedules, Orders, Special Orders (Like these Lightbulbs, especially the one with no writing on), Front Desk Issues since Dan is gone till Monday and the like. So SUPER BUSY that I have not even packed yet!!!

Still though, Next Sunday I will have left Edinbugh and be moving on to Loch Ness.........

.....then Cardiff and London.........

And Finally Paris before heading back home.

Of Course that all happens only if the weather cooporates to get me out of here in Time. (Though I DID plan in a weather window of two days on both ends) So I am Yet AGAIN calling out the Biggest Gun in the Universe besides God Himself.
Saint Michael the Archangel!!!

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel
Saint Michel Archange, défendez-nous dans le combat: soyez notre soutien contre la perfidie et les embûches du démon-
Que Dieu réprime son audace ! telle est notre humble prière.
Et vous, Prince de la milice céleste, par la vertu divine, refoulez en enfer Satan et les autres esprits mauvais, qui sont répandus dans le monde pour perdre les âmes.
Ainsi soit-il.
Sancte Michaël Archangele, defénde nos in praelio, contra nequitam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium.-
Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae caelistis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute, in inférnum detrude.
Saint Michael, Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And you, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl the world for the ruin of souls.

And An Orthodox Prayer
O chosen leader of the heavenly hosts and defender of the human race, we that are delivered by thee from afflictions offer unto thee this hymn of thanksgiving; and as thou dost stand before the throne of the King of Glory, do thou free us from all dangers, that with faith and love we may cry unto thee in praise:
Rejoice, O Michael, great supreme commander, with all the hosts of Heaven!
Kontakion 1 from the Akathist to St. Michael

Saint Michael, I trust you see that I have arranged my plans to be traveling Back to the United States on Your Feast Day the 29th of September.

It Occurrs to me now that some of My Non Catholic and Non Orthodox Friends might not Know the Stories of Saint Michael the Archangel, So I will just give a brief Overview of my favorite Saint.

September 29th is the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, a feast observed from the time of Constantine the Great. The Heavenly Powers are spirits sent to serve "those who inherit salvation". They are guardians and guides both to individual human beings and communities. St. Michael, whose name means "Who is like unto God?", is their great captain. In tradition, he is said to be an interceder for men, a healer, the one who records their deeds in the Book of Life and conducts them into the holy light, and who casts the evil spirits into hell. He is the guardian spirit of the Chosen People and of the Catholic Church and is often believed to be the archangel who will blow the trumpet at the Last Day.

The Old Testament
St. Michael is mentioned in the book of Daniel as "one of the chief princes" and as the special protector of Israel who will rise up as "the great prince who standeth for the children of thy people". In Chapter 10, an angel, speaking in a vision to Daniel, says "But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me...and there is none that contends by my side against these except Michael your prince."
In chapter 12 of Daniel, there is a reference to Michael's role in the great confrontation at the end of history - "At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people..."
St. Gregory Nazianzen believed that Michael was the angel speaking for God from the burning bush. Tradition associates him with being the angel who guards the closed gate of Eden, who performed the plagues in Egypt and spoke for God on Sinai and whose sword halted Balaam's ass.
The New Testament
In the Epistle of Jude we read - "But when the archangel Michael, contending with the Devil, disputed about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him, but said: 'The Lord rebuke you'", thus the traditional belief that Michael guards the body of Moses.
In the Apocalypse of St. John in Chapter 11 it says that "there was a great battle in Heaven. Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels; and they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in Heaven."
St. Michael plays a large part in a number of non-canonical books, such as "The Shepherd of Hermas", the "Testament of Abraham" and "The Assumption of Moses".
More Perspective on St. Michael
St. Basil and other church fathers believed Michael is Prince of the other angels. The Eastern tradition has always had a great reverence for him. Early apparitions of St. Michael increased this devotion - first at Chonae in the mid-lst century, where he split a rock by lightning to cause a spring to change its course and sanctified the waters, as a group of pagans were attempting to destroy a site dedicated to him.
He was also associated with a shrine at Chairotopa near Colossae, a healing spring. Other healing springs in Asia Minor were dedicated to Michael.
He was said to have appeared to Constantine at Sosthenion, whereupon the emperor built the great Michaelion, a shrine dedicated to the archangel and credited with many miracles of healing. In the West, homage was given to Michael following his four appearances at Monte Gargano in Italy beginning in the 5th century (and to whose appearance there Padre Pio was especially devoted). Pope Gregory witnessed St. Michael atop the tomb of Hadrian during a procession to pray for the end of the plague in Rome in 590; soon after Pope Boniface IV built a shrine on top of the building to St. Michael to commemorate the end of the plague at his appearance.
Another great shrine to St. Michael is at Mont Saint Michel, a tiny island off the coast of Normandy, where the archangel appeared to St. Aubert in 708.
St. Michael has appeared to some of the great saints of our church - St. Wilfrid, St. Bertrand, St. Hubert, St. Francis of Paola and St. Joan of Arc. Many believe that St. Francis of Assisi received the stigmata from the archangel, during his vision of a seraph while he was fasting for 40 days in honor of St. Michael.
Pope Leo XIII'S Vision
At the end of the 19th century, following Mass in the Vatican, Pope Leo XIII collapsed. When he revived, he related a vision he had of Satan attacking the Church more viciously than in the past and of St. Michael defending it. Following that vision, he composed the prayer to St. Michael which was said after every Mass until Vatican II and is still a popular invocation - "St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through this world seeking the ruin of souls."

Ok, Everyone Wish me Luck, Say a Prayer or Two, and Probably the next time I post will be Wednesday from Seattle!!!


Reading said...

rayers headed your way...have a wonderful trip and safe travels.....

mbg2001z2 said...

have a great trip and be safe

Kim said...

will keep you in my thoughts Hun. HUGS. Loved the brunch, what will they do without you! Good luck with the packing and everything. Im sure CD will keep DH standing while you are gone!

Darryl said...

Could've used your prayer today - wound up stuck in Dutch again. At least I got to experience your brunch this morning, nice to see you. My fave was the prime rib, but I tend to be partial to red meat.
Enjoy Europe!

mamawas said...

just 48 hours to go and we almost crossed at Seatac too!!!

Enjoy being on the customer end of the hospitiality industry for a few weeks


Margrita said...

Great brunch CB the waffles and strawberries sounded and looked yummy. Good luck on your trip prayers and good thoughts are sent your way. Thank you for the great information on St. Michael.

Anonymous said...

i know st.michael will protect prayers and thoughts are with you...

CaliGirl9 said...

I’m in the mood for the chocolate-dipped strawberries, and the tiramisu. Though for some reason the French toast looked nummy. Oh heck it all does!

St. Michael has to hear your prayer … you are wise to include the saints and the Boss! I can’t wait to see what you share with us from the trip.

Maybe Sunday brunch from Scotland? ;)

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Man. What a Lucky Guy you are.

My understanding is that the Meldrims have a castle in Scotland.

I've never been there, at my advanced age of approaching 60.

I can only advise: take what you can WHEN you can for any reason you can.


Kim said...

Safe travels. HUGS. have fun!

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