Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The Hippy In Me

I love the 3rd Chapter of Ecclesiastes. As you can imagine it is a great solace to me in my work. It was read as the OT reading at my father's Requiem.

1 All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal. A time to destroy, and a time to build. 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance. 5 A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather. A time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.

6 A time to get, and a time to lose. A time to keep, and a time to cast away. 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew. A time to keep silence, and a time to speak. 8 A time of love, and a time of hatred. A time of war, and a time of peace. 9 What hath man more of his labour? 10 I have seen the trouble, which God hath given the sons of men to be exercised in it.

11 He hath made all things good in their time, and hath delivered the world to their consideration, so that man cannot find out the work which God hath made from the beginning to the end.

-Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

Last night I downloaded The Byrds' version. Just so we're clear: it's fine for an iPod. Not to be played as a post-Communion song. OK?

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Blogger madame evangelista said...

Thanks for posting this song. It was my father's funeral yesterday and I was completely dry-eyed but this has made me cry. I love Ecclesiastes.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...


I'm sorry for your trouble and will say a De Profundis for your father tonight and remember you in our family prayers tonight.

8:04 PM  
Blogger madame evangelista said...

thank you Paulinus

3:06 AM  
Blogger Moretben said...

Not the first time I've found myself unaccountably in sync with you on things musical. I've always loved the Byrds version of Turn. I was born in 1960 (I remember the Kennedy asassinations, Churchill's funeral, and my mum throwing her dinner at LBJ on the 6 o'clock TV news) and maintian a very complicated love/hate relationship with that strange and fascinating decade. The Byrds sum it up for me even more than the Beatles. I just bought a compilation of the first five albums and it's never off my CD at present.

I'm thinking about how it would be to reclaim the 60's - the good bits - from the garbage it all got mired in.

I also just discovered that bass-player Chris Hillman is a convert to Orthodoxy. There's a podcast interview with him on Ancient Faith Radio, here:


11:31 PM  

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