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Lenten Reflections

Our Lenten Reflections

As a Lenten observance several members of our congregation have written personal reflections on the daily scripture readings.
We all have insights into God's message. We hope you find daily inspiration from one of our own.

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If you are interested in writing a reflection, please contact Mary Lou Crifasi.


Thursday, March 15


3/14/2012 by Admin Admin
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Herbert Howells (1892-1983) was an English composer, organist, and teacher; most famous for his large output of Anglican Church music. At the age of 23 he was diagnosed with Graves’ disease and was given six months to live. His poor health prevented him from being called to the Front in World War I. He was subsequently cured by the previously untried treatment of radium injections in the neck, administered twice a week over a period of two years. He continued to produce numerous orchestral, chamber and choral works over a long period of his life and career. He joined the staff of the Royal College of Music in 1920 and remained in that post until 1979. During this period, in September 1935, his beloved nine-year-old son Michael contracted polio during a family holiday, dying in London three days later. Howells was deeply affected and continued to commemorate the event until the end of his life in numerous works. One of these works “Like as the Hart” is based on the soothing text of Psalm 42.

“Like as the Hart desireth the water-brooks, so longeth my soul after thee, O God.” And ending with the affirmative statement of faith: “Put your trust in God: for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.”

Herbert Howells led a troubled life in so many ways and found sustenance in the Psalms. So may we.

Bill Hunter