258- A Society Without God

A former Russian Orthodox Cathedral spotted on a contemporary Russian citizen’s video brings up the Fatima Apparition warning by the Virgin Mary in 1917 and an excerpt from my book.

Here is a bit more from my book The Constant Procession that is the focus of this weeks podcast:

In Chapter 22, entitled “Unheeded Prayers,” the remaining Fatima Seer, Sister Lucia, brings the Pope requests made to her by the Virgin Mary during the apparition she experienced in Portugal in 1917. Recalling what the Madonna told Sister Lucia: “If you pay heed to my requests, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, Russia will spread her errors through the world, causing wars and persecutions against the Church. Many will suffer martyrdom, and the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and several nations will disappear.”

Unfortunately, little action was taken to honor this prayer request, and the possibility for peace became a lost opportunity. Consequently, Stalin and his Communist Party became the new power on the ground in Europe.

These armed victors moved quickly into the political vacuum across the war-torn lands. Their efforts gained ground, especially in Eastern Europe, as they aggressively encouraged civil wars, after which they installed puppet governments under the shadow of Communist influence.

Before long, fear and intimidation overcame peaceful transitions, and the liberties found in more open societies vanished.

Chapter 23, A Society Without God, reflects on the environment in the sphere of Soviet influence, where people lived in a world without social liberty and Bibles were banished. The experience of a Seventh-Day Adventist reveals the level of suppression people of faith endured in those times.

Chapter 24, Hot Pursuit in a Cold War, explains how the Communists, with increasing confidence, took down religion. With huge armies still deployed in Europe and the newly acquired power of atomic weapons, the victors squared off using new battle techniques. The “Great Return” found fierce resistance in France as the communists gained control of the political machine. In Hungary, however, the procession yielded fruit until it, too, was run aground.

Information about the 2nd Secret of Our Lady of Fatima’s apparition- Catholic.org

“Today, according to Archbishop Kondrusiewicz, who is now the Archbishop of Minsk, Belarus, every church in his country has a statue of Our Lady of Fatima.”

More about Mikhail Kulakov and also ‘Religion’ in the USSR

Though the Heavens Fall, the book quoted in this podcast– RussianBible.org

More about Mikhail Kulakov– Wikipedia.com

More about Religion under the Communists in the USSR– Wikipedia.com

Russian Orthodox Cathedral destroyed by Stalin in 1930's
Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Baku destroyed in 1930’s by Stalin- Wikimedia Commons

Here are some images and videos that show the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow being blown up and various takes on it’s history including relatively recent events into present day…including a modern protest…

TV story of the history of Christ the Savior in Moscow w/ recent assault on the Virgin Mary
Old time perhaps news reel footage from the actual time period?

Below is a complete history of Christ the Savior in Moscow w/ rare photos:

Finally: A Very Detailed Blog by Irena Domingo with great links should you still want more info Russiable.com

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

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257- Places Closer to Heaven

I believe the work by humanity at an apparition site where the Virgin Mary once appeared are frequently overlooked.

From Lourdes, France to Tapica Hill overlooking Mexico City there are a number of impressive sanctuaries, places of contemplation, places to give thanks and places to seek guidance.

This Episode is about reflections of what happens at an apparition site after an apparition has occurred.

View of domes of the Basilica of Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Spain
The Basilica of Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Spain in the early morning with more mountains behind.
Vista of Guadalupe, Spain in mountains
Looking (South-East) to see Guadalupe, Spain as I leave Guadalupe in the Extremadura Mountain Range.
Tinos in Greece- Pilgrims following the pathway up to the icon from the dock.
Photo of a long, long line of people. The candlelight processions start at dusk and are a very personal time, though you are with so many other seekers.
Lourdes, FR.- Candlelight processions start at dusk and are a very personal time, though you are with so many other seekers.
Picture of St. Mary's Well shrine and vista view of the Rhonda's
St. Mary’s Well shrine & vista view of the Rhondda’s in Wales
Sign says The Farm in front of the Conyers Georgia apparition site
The Farm- Conyers, Georgia

St Mary’s Well-Pilgrim Pace.wordpress.com

Tinos- oca.org

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256- The Knock Apparition of the Virgin Mary

One apparition that has been approved at the highest level of credibility in the Roman Catholic church is ‘Our Lady of Knock.’ This famous meeting of humanity with the Madonna occurred in 1879.

This famous apparition of the Virgin Mary also includes the appearance of St. Joseph, St. John, the Lamb and a Cross all together at the Vatican approved apparition “Our Lady of Knock.”

Illustration of the appartion at Knock
Illustration of the appartion at Knock- Divine Mysteries and Miracles Blog
Inside of Knock the glass enclosed apparition location today
The wall and images placed as to where they were located (at Knock today- photo thinplacestour.com
Knock apparition site mosaic of The Virgin Mary, St John and St. Joseph
Mosaic inside the Basilica, close-up impression of the Knock apparition experience- photo by NativityBurke.org.
Modern Basilica in back, original church in front, the chapel shrine attachment is on the right side of the old church
Modern Basilica in back, original church in front, the modern chapel shrine attach, that has the original apparition wall (left of the glass panels) is on the right side of the old church- IrishAmerica.com
Side view of the apparition wall at Knock, Ireland
Apparition site at back wall of the old church- photo thinplacestour.com

Sources for this podcast and MORE INFO can be found at the following links:

Official Knock Shrine website

Knock Apparition & Church Recognition at MiracleHunter.com

John Carpenter’s Divine Mysteries and Miracles Blog

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255- Our Lady in the Rhondda

The Madonna finds herself high above the famous ‘Rhondda’ at Our Lady of Penrhys and Ffynnon Mair (St Mary’s Well.) These are two time honored sites in South Wales.

Picture of view with statue and Penrhys vista
Penrhys vista
Picture of St. Mary's Well shrine and vista view of the Rhonda's
St. Mary’s Well shrine and vista view of the Rhonda’s
Picture peeking inside St. Mary's Well doorway
View of interior of St. Mary’s Well
Photo of Statue with partial wall from ruins of Our Lady of Penrhys
Statue with partial wall from ruins of Our Lady of Penrhys
Our Lady of Penrhys statue close up holding Jesus
Our Lady of Penrhys statue holding baby Jesus
Our Lady of Penrhys stone statue on the site today
Our Lady of Penrhys stone statue on the site today
The stone building St. Mary's Well (Ffynnon Mair or Ffynnon Fair)
St. Mary’s Well (Ffynnon Mair or Ffynnon Fair)
Cistern with waters at St. Mary's Well (Ffynnon Mair)
Cistern with waters at St. Mary’s Well (Ffynnon Mair)
Photo of people walking on the Pilgrimage Way includes "Claire" discusses (in the linked video) why she dresses as a medieval pilgrim and supports Penrhys Pilgrimage Way
“Claire” discusses (in the linked video) why she dresses as a medieval pilgrim and supports Penrhys Pilgrimage Way

Link to Claire’s video

Additional note not in podcast: “In the early 20th century  a Catholic convert, Ms. M. Davies of Llantrisant underwrote the building of a memorial church in Ferndale (nearby) and also had a wooden replica of the statue Our Lady of Penryus carved, which is in the church today.” (from wikipedia)

Additional sources for this podcast and for more information:

Ciscercian Way.Wales

Our Lady of Penrhys-my rhondda bucket list

St Mary’s Well-Pilgrim Pace

Information about the Penrhys Pilgrimage from the area

Old and the restoration history and background about Penrhys-Wikipedia.com

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254- Our Lady of Good Success

In the early 1500’s in Scotland the Roman Catholic Bishop of Aberdeen was praying in a chapel that housed a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary. Today this statue is known as Our Lady of Good Success.

The Bishop heard the voice of the Virgin Mary. She informed him that he would be the last Roman Catholic Bishop in Scotland.

The great calamity of the Reformation during those times brought about terrible suffering by all the people during the turmoil of those times which included the renunciation of religion by many.

There is an irony that those troubled times of great upset coincides with the start of troubled times that began last year at the beginning of the spread of the Corona virus.

The irony to me is that the timing of last year’s re-consecration of  Britain to the Virgin Mary occurred just as the Corona Lockdowns began…

An apparition of the Virgin Mary to Gavin Dunbar of Scotland in the 1500’s and the travels of its’ miraculous statue come from the times around the reformation in the British Isles.

Wooden statue of Our Lady of Success was formerly Our Lady of Aberdeen now in Brussels
Our Lady of Success was formerly Our Lady of Aberdeen now in Brussels… Photo by Ron Smith
Photo of bridge currently where original 7 arch bridge over river Dee in Aberdeen, Scotland
The site of the original 7 arch bridge, this current bridge has been rebuilt many times. Photo by Peter Ward
A photo Unclear if this is the original statue, it is labeled as Our Lady of Good Luck...researching if this is a mis-translation
Notre-Dame-du-Finistere
Portrait of Archdutchess Isabella and her husband
Archdutchess Isabella and her husband Albert
Portrait of Archdutchess Isabella and her husband
The Archdutchess after the death of her husband became a nun.
Photo of the Tower of the church where the statue is today called Notra Dame du Finistere (near Brussels)
Tower of the church where the statue is today called Notra Dame du Finisterr (near Brussels)

Sources for this podcast and for more information:

William J Walsh’s book: Heaven’s Bright Queen

Notre Dame du Bon Succès

MiracleHunter.com

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253- The Madonna during the Lockdown in England

There has been a resurgence of interest in the Virgin Mary in England. This was especially amazing when a long-planned rededication by the Roman Catholic community to her took place during the lockdown when she was in eye of the pandemic storm.

Over 1/2 million people viewed according to The Catholic News Report- March 30, 2020

Video from Walsingham.org.ul of the Rededication- 28 minutes

Interesting insights from John Paul Meenan, Editor @ Catholic Insight- March 28, 2020

Podcast from Father Dylan James on this rededication by ‘Going Deeper’ Feb 2020

Painting of the visitation of Mary to Richeldis de Faverches in the Church of St. Mary of Charity Faversham, Kent painted on a column in 1306ad
Painting of the visitation of Mary to Richeldis de Faverches in the Church of St. Mary of Charity Faversham, Kent c 1306

More info and pictures at Archdiocese of Southwark website

An illustration of Walsingham
Walsingham complex b4 destruction

T.E. Bridgett: Our Lady’s Dowry: How England Gained That Title (1890)

Fr. Matthew Pittam. Aug 25, 2017 – A priest at Our Lady of Walsingham

Christianity to Roman Britian starts w/ Apostle Peter

See Apparitions of Mary in England from MiracleHunter.com

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252- The Virgin Mary visits Walsingham

In the year 1061 there was an apparition of the Virgin Mary in England. For centuries “Our Lady of Walsingham,” was known as the “Nazareth of England.”

Did you know Henry the Eighth visited there many times in his life before ordering it’s destruction in 1538?

Though relegated to obscurity for the following centuries, nowadays the site welcomes pilgrims once again.

Color drawing of Walsingham at its peak
Walsingham at its peak
Photo of Slipper Chapel at Walsingham England
Slipper Chapel – Once again where people stop before taking the walk to the ruins of the Walsingham Shrine and former Abbey structures

For more information about the Slipper Chapel

Photo of Walsingham Abbey ruins
Walsingham Abbey ruins

The pilgrimage site Our Lady of Walsingham is known as England’s Nazareth and it became a wonderful place where for five centuries people went on pilgrimages. Now, after a 400 year pause, people once again are able to go on pilgrimages thanks to the Virgin Mary’s visit in England.

It all came about thanks to a pious woman, Richeldis de Faverches, who experienced an apparition of the Virgin Mary in the year 1061, in the village of Walsingham, near Norfolk, just a few miles from the sea.

Holy House location plaque
Where the original Holy House was located…
Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham
Our Lady of Walsingham

Sources for this program and additional information:

Nice YouTube presentation about the history of Wilsingham

St Seraphim’s chapel- the Orthodox Shrine at Wilsingham

Roman Catholic National Shrine and Basilica at Wilsingham

Anglican Shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham

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251- The Kurst-Root Icon (Part 2)

Part 2 continues from the apparition once known as “Our Lady of the Sign” moving forward a century later to this story about the “Kurst-Root Icon.”

The place where the miraculous “Kurst-Root” icon was found is for pilgrims in this region known as the Russian “Lady of Lourdes.” Even though the original icon currently resides elsewhere. (Part 2 of 2)

Kurst-Root icon-original
The Kurst-Root Icon (original)

Some of the story information comes from the following Blogs and websites where A LOT MORE details about this icon’s miracles can be found:

More history about this icon can be found at Orthodoxwiki.org

The icon over the last 200 years- St. Justin the Martyr Orthodox Church

The InterFaithMaryPage views the icon from a slightly different facet

The Cathedral of the Sign website

Kurst-Root Hermitage
Kurst-Root Hermitage- Considered to some the Russian “Our Lady of Lourdes”

The Kursk-Root Hermitage- Orthodoxwiki.org

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250- The Virgin Mary & “The Sign” (Part 1)

This is the first of a two-part story focused on “Our Lady of the Sign.” Part one uncovers an apparition of the Virgin Mary in a time of great duress in the medieval Republic of Novgorod. (Part 1 of 2)

Miraculous Icon of the Virgin and Child
The origin of this icon is unknown, and it was touched up many years ago.
Image of treeline on berm outside city
May be the area where the icon had been placed during the battle.

Some information for this podcast and for more about the history:

Novgorod Republic – Wikipedia

Veliky Novgorod | Russia | Britannica.com

Znamenie ikona Novgorod – Our Lady of the Sign (Novgorod) – Wikipedia

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign (NOTE: click through several times)

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249- Lady of the Golden Fountain

St. Leo the Great met the Virgin Mary while attempting to save the life of an old man who was about to die of thirst.

This apparition of the Virgin Mary came about at a place called “The Life-Giving Spring.” A church was eventually built there and dedicated to the Most Holy Theotokos in the countryside outlying Constantinople.

Leo I (from Wikipedia)

Church of St Mary (Leo I built, not in the story)

Christ Has Risen! Indeed He Has!

Thank you for listening as Christians from East and West continue to celebrate the Risen Lord Jesus Christ!

So great it is to be alive on this day as Spring continues to extend light into our days and colors into the world around us!

The buds on trees are giving way to leafy forests of green.

Colorful flowers continue to blossom as chirping birds zip around seeking food for new hatchlings. The newly born can be heard crying for more to eat!

Welcome to Spring 2021!

May is the Month of the Virgin Mary!

Endless horizons
Something greater beyond life’s horizons

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248- The Month of Mary

This is a replay from a 2017 event. Every year on October 13 the final apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima is celebrated around the world.

Four year’s ago, while attending a local celebration by Our Loving Mothers pilgrims at “The Farm” in Conyers Georgia, I witnessed a remarkable event there.

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Installment 95 read from my book Constant Procession about Conyers, GA

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I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93-110)

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247- er, podcast 169

This weeks episode got off to a rocky start. My house got hit by lightning and recording studio in basement flooded on Monday late afternoon.

My computer system, internet router and hard drive with podcast information went down and currently in repair shop for evaluation.

So if you received a podcast labeled 169 Constant Procession instead of this weeks expected 247 Constant Procession, the mix-up was my attempt to get at least a section of this weeks podcast to you in a timely manner.

Either number tells the beautiful story about Saint Aldegone and the Virgin Mary.

Saint Aldegonde was born into a royal bloodline and to be wed to a noblemen, however she believed in Jesus’s unconditional love and his incomprehensible nobility that none other could be compared with.

Missing elements for this weeks podcast will be added to next weeks installment.

Wish me luck as I attempt to piece together the computer system and basement studio!

God Bless!

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246 Seafarers, Brother Marinus & the Virgin Mary

From stories about the Madonna’s intercessions for seafarers to a bit about the story of Captain Leonard LaRue (aka Brother Marinus), skipper of the Meredith Victory.

His bravery with this freighter in 1950 earned the Guinness Book of Records award for rescuing the most people (14,000!) during a single voyage. Now in the works is a cause for possible sainthood for him.

Also here’s a shout out to the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church’s around the world who’s Pascha (Easter) services culminate on May 2, 2021.

Photo of the Sculpture of stone sails at Our Lady of Guadalupe appariton site
This stone sail sculpture located at the apparition site of Our Lady of Guadalupe by sailors who prayed to the Madonna and were rescue at sea
Photo of the Korean Refugees aboard the SS Meredith Victory (US Navy)
The Ship of Miracles, Christmas 1950 aboard the SS Meredith Victory (US Navy)

Captain Leonard LaRue (Brother Marinus) and the Meredith Victory

Links to the documentary trailer and book both entitled ‘Miracle of the Sea’

Guided By God’s Own Hand– Story by Ned Forney, Writer

President of South Korea about the Meredith Victory- blog by Lawrence B. Brennan

Korean War Memorial Foundation article about the “Ship of Miracles”

Information about the Apostleship of the Sea of the United States of America

Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea in the United Kingdom)

Poem & the quote in the podcast are by Meg Matenaer- Catholicmom.com

From my book The Constant Procession– overlooked aspects of the voyages of Christopher Columbus

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245- Selfless Service Yesterday and Today

The Virgin Mary was on the march recently in Paris, plus a story about a miraculous precursor to this recent Paris procession and in my hometown, a mission that is run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

Links are throughout this page as mentioned in the podcast:

From my first book: The Constant Procession– A miracle for the son of Napoleon III (Episode 102)

More About: Our Lady of the Sea:

This earlier story tells about a priest turned amateur architect to rebuild a cathedral housing a miraculous statue of the Madonna in Boulogne sur mer, a coastal city in France. Father Haffreingue built the bell tower “tall as a prayer” to house the relic of “Our Lady of the Sea.”

Lady of Grand Return tfp.org

Our Lady of the Sea; The Grand Return- By James R. Bascom in The American TFP (tfp.org)

From my first book: The Constant Procession – The mysterious appearance of “Our Lady of the Sea” back in 636AD (Episode 104)

The Virgin Mary’s Paris Procession:

(Started at the apparition site of the Miraculous Medal (aka Rue de Bac) to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame on April 18, 2021)

Poster from the April 18 Paris Procession
Statue of the Madonna with child being carried as it leads the procession in Paris on April 18, 2021
More of the pilgrims behind banners of various saints honored in the Paris Procession on April 18, 2021
The Choir and orchestra perform at on the plaza for the Paris Procession

The orchestra rehearsal video is 25 seconds long, but then offers other highlights of the Virgin Mary’s Paris Procession- Enjoy!

More About: Mother Teresa’s Mission in Atlanta:

The Sisters from Missionaries of Charity and one of their other outreach projects.

The Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity visit to the Mission.

Gift of Grace House in Atlanta, Georgia
Volunteers supporting the mission during my visit

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244- Christ & Forgiving Others + Lady of Pilar

This installment looks at the celebration beyond Easter Day, plus an apparition of the Virgin Mary before she passed on! The Virgin Mary was living in the region near Jerusalem but suddenly appeared to St. James the Apostle while he was in Spain! This apparition is known as Our Lady of Pilar or Our Lady of the Pillar in present day Zaragoza, Spain on the Ebro River.

Michael O'Neill 'the Miracle Hunter'
On tour in Zaragoza, Spain at the Our Lady of Pilar apparition site with Michael O’Neill, the Miracle Hunter.
Ancient wall from the Roman outpost of Caesaraugusta just beyond the river bank where the Basilica is located.
Photo includes the Cathedral on the Elba River, the place where Our Lady of Pilar is housed in this Cathedral, that was bombed during the Spanish Revolution
The Basilica Neustra Senora del Pilar in Zaragoza, Spain is on the Ebro River, where Our Lady of Pilar appeared, pillar is inside.
Wider view of the wall…the actual forum is still intact in a museum several blocks from where the Madonna appeared to St John.
2 Bombs hit the Basilica Neustra Senora del Pilar during the Spanish Revolution, miraculously neither detonated.

Insightful Looks at Our Lady of Pilar and Zaragoza, Spain:

Spiritual Travels– blog article by L. Erickson

Zaragoza, Spain– blog article by ‘Grace in the World’

Walking Without A Donkey– Blog article by T. Grainger

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243- The Most Joyful Time

Now continues the most joyful time in the Easter season! This is the start of the 50 Day Feast! Though for the Orthodox communities, the celebration of ‘Pascha’ (pause) is still 4 weeks away. But in the West, things are in high festivities. I’ve heard a bishop once say this is the season of the Resurrection and is a wonderful time to celebrate one’s trust in God’s pure love for each one of us.

Photo of Icon mentioned in this weeks podcast- Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation; Atlanta, GA- atlgoc.org

Hand colored Easter eggs one with a cross imprinted on it
Bringing Christian History Alive Through Easter Egg Traditions– Crosswalk.com

Articles About the Great 50 Day Feast of Easter:

Doing Easter Right- 50 Days of Joy– Alastair Sterne; stpetersfireside.org

Embarrassing Details Concerning the First Easter– Pastor Brian Chilton quotes Craig Evans

50 Days of Easter- Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, mqhr.org

Why is the Easter Season 50 Days Long– United Methodist Church, umc.org

The Free App mentioned in the podcast:

Forecast® podcast MP3 encoder with chapters- https://overcast.fm/forecast

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242- Holy Week + injecting a bit about my town

Holy week is here as we draw closer to the death and new life of Jesus and it’s the main focus of this podcast. But as injections are a focus in 2021, I’m also injecting a bit about Corona and my town.

A young teen girl at base of an outdoor cross with lifesize Jesus
Now I know how Mary felt- LifeTeen.com article by Teresa Nguyen

In spite of the punishment meted out to an innocent Jesus as demanded by weak leaders and approved by the crowd of people, their plan backfired when they put to death the man their leaders did not like.

Olga Christine's Icon of the Crucifixion with the Mary's
Olga Christine’s Icon of the Crucifixion- OlgaChristine.com

And through his rebirth, he lives on and is celebrated as a victory of God. ‘Stop Doubting And Believe.’

Painting called Mary meets Christ's 4th sorrow
Our Catholic Prayers.com- The Fourth Sorrow

Inspiring Easter Week Blog Posts:

As We Grieve Corona Look to Mary– by Vanessa R. Corcoran American Magazine.org

Crucifixion Cancelled by Corona– ManilaStandard.net

Mary Magdalene at the Cross– Moina Arcee blog

Some 2021 Easter Week Readings- Kevin Carson.com

My Poem ‘Ode To Corona’ from this weeks podcast:

As I return to the streets of my little village

Now a shell of its former self

With a growing line up of ‘For Rent’ signs

In storefronts with empty shelves.

I venture into my favorite restaurant

Now devoid of patrons and devoid of Life

But full of unused tables

Neatly arranged six feet to the left and right.

The corner where the busker once sang

And celebrated the end of the week

Now has a table behind a Plexiglass barrier

By far it is now the eateries safest seat

And the haunting eyes of the restaurateur

Head of this once busy place

Now he waits on our table, his wife and son

The only other workers this once jovial space.

A child, member of the only other family here this night

Entertains herself by looking at a mirror

That reflects back to her

The only other child here this night.

And though I may be thinner

Since I so rarely go out to dinner

My hope is that these experiences like the 1918 Spanish plague

Also will too, just fade away…

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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241- Thinking of THIS Easter celebration

Spring equals renewed life as we contemplate a ‘do over’ in how to use small celebrations for Easter 2021, as we keep our isolation vigil during Corona- Round 2.

Looking for New Ways to Celebrate this Year?

Ideas for Lent 2021 by Katie Cassady- BlessedIsShe.net

Also, March 25 is the Virgin Mary’s Annunciation feast day that’s celebrated as the victory of a human being giving of herself to God’s will.

Contemporary color illustration of the Annunciation
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Svitozar Nenyukk at Pixels.com

Eastern Orthodox Annunciation- Anydayguide.com

Hopefully this can inspire us as we continue along on our unusual Lenten journey 2021, towards the recognition of the great gift Jesus Christ gave us, his life for ours.

Lent + (the) Annunciation- SacredOrdinaryDays.com

May this unique time in society of repeated Easter self-isolation afford us all a renewed hope for living a better life in this springtime of our lives.

Easter table setting by onekindesign.com
Great Table Designs by julieblanner.com- OneKindDesign.com

Oh, yes, I thought I’d share my notes when I went for my 2nd shot- spoiler, there’s a follow up at the end of the podcast episode!

Photo of Covid tent by bluepeaktents.com

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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240- Remembering When for Lent 2021

Part of today’s installment is guaranteed to surprise to you! Also, will the unusual circumstances with our continuing in the Corona times during 2021’s Lenten season help you find a closer bond to Jesus?

I know the folk song in this installment surprised me…a song from yesteryear as they say. And as I’m sure you’ll agree came out of left field.

Ideas for a more meaningful Lenten season from Orthodox Motherhood.com

Orthodox Lent began March 15, Pascha (not ‘Easter’) is May 2

Photo of Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame
March 24, 2018 shows French Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame who was killed after swapping himself for a hostage in a rampage and siege in the town of Trebes, southwestern France, on March 23. Beltrame, 45, was among a group of officers who rushed to the scene in Trebes, near Carcassone, on March 23 after a gunman who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group, stormed a supermarket and fired at shoppers. Beltrame offered to take the place of a woman the gunman had taken hostage and was shot. He died on March 24 of his wounds, becoming the gunman’s fourth victim. / AFP PHOTO / LA GAZETTE DE LA MANCHE / –/AFP/Getty Images
Home on the Range cabin from SE 1

Home on the RangeThis Cabin is on the location of where the poem originally called ‘My Western Home” was written by Dr. Brewster Higley with music composed by Daniel E. Kelly sometime around 1875.

Home on the Range– Wikipedia (Simple English version)

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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239- Flashback! 1 Year Later.

Looking back 1 year ago to my projections of how long sheltering in place would be & how my outlook may have changed from Lent 2020 to Lent 2021.

Who would have thought as we reach the one year mark, that some still may not permitted to attend a March 2021 Sunday service! Never mind the reality that for many, the offering of communion would still not be offered?

10 Ways Christians Can Exemplify Faith and Peace During Corona– Joel Ryan, Crosswalk.com

Interior of a row of pews in a church with the purple cloth of the passion spread down the rows
Making time for Public and Private Prayer

Surviving Corona; Survivors Guilt- Michael Merschel AHA Association News

97-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Recovers from COVID After 3 Weeks of Battling Illness: ‘She’s a Fighter’ – Katie Campione at People.com

Ways To Prevent the Corona Virus– WebMD

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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238- Going Deeper By Going Without

As the milestone of isolation grinds on, this season of Lent takes our Easter journey on a course that differs from all the previous Lenten experiences

By this I mean everyone, Christian believer or not, has been involved in some form of social isolation for an entire year. So our spiritual goal to pull back from the day to day social interactions in order to get closer to Jesus takes on a different feel this year 2021.

Because isolation is the byword for everyone this year. So our personal journey requires a different sort of individual contemplation. The prevention of having to physically attend church and come together in our common pilgrimages towards the great Easter moment is not like any other year.

Contemporary color illustration of the Risen Christ embracing Mother Mary
The Resurrected Christ with Mother Mary

TIPS ON HOW DIFFERENT CHURCH COMMUNITIES APPROACH THE FAST FOR LENT (from Learn Religions.com)

More about the website Learn Religions.com

With the trauma of life coming from all sides this year, the Lenten journey offers many specific prayers for personal reflection. We can, as did Mother Mary, witness the journey Jesus took and a way through our trials of today.

By now going without and prayer most likely is becoming a more significant part of your day. The conscious considerations should provide a greater meaning, especially when we sometimes waiver from our long term commitment to honoring our Lenten practices.

And as prayer is becoming a more significant part of our day, we find ourselves with fewer distractions because of the restrictions still in place for everyone anyways.

So this may be requiring different considerations for our daily Lenten practices than from all our years before 2021. But it should provide a greater meaning.

And regardless of your level of success, the reality remains that there is a constant process of consideration and reflection that is daily taking place within us now.

What is happening is a cementing into place of the need to look into ourselves in a deeper way than ever before and to look to Jesus in his last days on earth as a human as well as the Godly approach he practiced as he faced the challenges of his life as a human being.

Which makes me want to reflect on how the experience of the Virgin Mary as she raised Jesus may have continually returned to her mind as she witnessed the last days of his life on earth.

TODAYS COMMENTARY:

Face Mask Hack using a Toy Monkey
Tips from Luz Maria Silverio, MD at aliem.com

WHAT ARE YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR NOSE MASK SLIPPAGE?

Today, I have a curiosity about those masked people out there who can’t keep their masks secured over their noses. Now while it is true that an occasional loosening of a facemask does plague us all, never the less it will soon be one year since the concept of wearing a mask has become part of everyone’s day to day awareness.

Tips from Kristen Davis, Cleveland.com

Tips from Luz Maria Silverio, MD

SARAHMAKER.COM- Add A Nose Wire Face Mask

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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237- Lenten Starts, New Beginnings and Locomotion

This week episode includes the Virgin Mary during the early days of the Christian community as I contemplate the early days of my Lenten journey.

Also in this installment are several ways to offer acts of charity within our continued isolation in year 2021.

If you’ve have cabin fever and needing to step out into your community for service work, here’s an idea for you.

Also I have an observation about the effects of the plague on our American society in motion.

And I appreciate your thoughts on how to host a procession against the plague in one’s community. All this is here in podcast 237 as we continue on the Constant Procession.

Text "Preparing for Easter"
How can you prepare yourself for a more meaningful Easter this year?

Meals on Wheels FAQ’s

How One Local Area (Tulsa OK) Handles Meals on Wheels

From the Commentary section- From Trains to Cars to Computers…A country in motion yesterday and today…

Great poster of a the passenger train 'Golden State'
From Erin Kelly’s Blog- Poster of the Golden State steamer

Unusual Religious Train Pilgrimage in India back in 2017

Movie Memories vimeo of See the USA in Your Chevrolet

A fun series of commercials that glance back when the car replaced the train… via ‘See the USA in Your Chevrolet‘ courtsey of Movie Memories

Infographic of computer posture tips by Dr. Neal

And then there’s today. Here are some great tips from Dr. Neal Malik on how to optimize your computer time courtsey of Optimal Living Daily

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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236- Beyond ‘Fat Tuesday’

This podcast includes a Bishop’s thoughts on why to participate in the Lenten season, plus in this episode are the experiences of the Virgin Mary during the cruel event that created the cause for Easter over 2000 years ago.

Also there are my observations on today’s corona isolation and the obvious but overlooked reason why many people don’t want to get vaccinated.

Thought Provoking articles for ‘DOING LENT’

6 Reasons to Observe Lent (Even If You’re Not Catholic)- beliefnet.com

What is Lent and why does it last forty days- United Methodist Church umc.org

Are Sundays a Part of Lent (in the Catholic Church)- aboutcatholics.com

The Great Lent- OrthodoxWiki.org

Check out this movie trailer about a new movie about Saint Philothei the Athenian. This woman, an orthodox saint from the 16th century has an amazing story.

Photo of St. Philothei
St. Philothei the Athenian started the first school for women in Europe, a hospital for people from all religions and helped the oppressed before being martyred.

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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