Jesus . . . asked
his disciples, "Who do men say that the Son of man is?" And
they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and
others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But
who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter replied, "You are the
Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him,
"Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jona! For flesh and blood has not
revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven."
On Monday afternoon the Stothers and I drove to County Donegal, over
the border in the Republic, for a holiday at a self-catering cottage,
my first experience of that type of holiday as they say here instead
of vacation. There are some photos from the trip on my
and if I have time or too many other events do not intervene, I hope
to write about it here later. But first, I'm backing back up to Monday
morning for today's post about a ceremony and celebration that morning
at the Shankill Cemetery. My friend pastor Jack Lamb asked me to attend
with my press card in my cap to cover it, so (though I don't have
a press card with me and the ones I left in California are 30 or more
years old) that's what I did. The coverage follows.
which Mr. Lamb (we always referred to our pastors as "Mister,"
not 'Reverend," in my Presbyterian days) helped put on, was the
dedication of a new professionally sculpted or engraved plaque in
the Shankill district's most historic site, a cemetery that has links
to Saint Patrick himself (it also is called the most ancient site
in all of Belfast). Though there was a light rain ("as usual,"
as Tony Macaulay would say) in the morning, there was a good turn
out for the show, which reminded me of patriotic celebrations in my
above capture many of the morning's highlights, beginning with the
plaque itself. The cemetery also commemorates the local men who died
and were injured in the battle of the Somme, one of the most deadly
battles of World War 1. There is also a statue in the cemetery/park
of Queen Victoria, the monarch who reigned for most of the nineteenth
century and presided over the golden age of the British Empire.
In the video
that follows, I'm especially partial to the portion with the trained
owl, something I never got that close to before in my 71 years. That's
what we in the industry used to call a "teaser," an attempt
to induce more to watch the video. I'm unaware that I've ever gotten
this close to the grim reaper before either, but I might have without
noticing; God knows (literally). And for that matter, I never interviewed
a stilt walker before, so there may be many new things for me still
the > on the video above to play it. After the video launches,
you can double-click the screen to enlarge it to full-screen. If your
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words, makes Him either the Lord, a liar, or a lunatic. Who do you
say He is.
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