TODAY'S THEME: Some Hallelu
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hallelujah - WordNet (r) 2.1 (2005)

n 1: a shout or song of praise to God


A spiritual teacher was rowing a boat along a lake shore.
He heard someone chanting the word, "Alleluia."

Ah, thought the teacher, they are chanting the most powerful prayer.
They say that if you chant it properly all kinds of powers will be given
to you. Now I have never experienced those powers, but I do know
that the teachers all say you must chant the word, Al-LE-lu-ia
and this poor student is chanting Al-le-LU-ia. I should help him.

So the teacher beached his boat and entered the student's hut. He told
the student that the practice of the chant granted wonderful powers.

But he had also heard that the chant was properly sung as Al-LE-lu-ia.
The student was very grateful for this teaching. And as the teacher left
and returned to his boat he heard the student chanting Al-LE-lu-ia. The
teacher felt very good that he had helped this student. But as he drifted
out into the lake again he heard the chant change. Now the student was
back to his old ways, chanting "Al-le-LU-ia. Ah, the depths of
human sinfulness and ignorance, sighed the teacher.

A few minutes later a touch to his shoulder startled him.
He looked around and saw the student walking on the water.

"I'm sorry, great teacher, but could you teach me the correct chant again?"

A Sufi story excerpted from "Prayer,"
by Richard W. Chilsom
Sorin Books, 2006


Halleluyah! Give praise, you servants of Hashem;
praise the Name of Hashem! Blessed be the Name
of Hashem, from this time and forever. From the
rising of the sun to its setting, Hashem's name
is praised. Halleluyah!

Psalm 113: 1-3, 9
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications


hallelujah - Easton's 1897 Dictionary:

praise ye Jehovah, frequently rendered "Praise ye the Lord,"
stands at the beginning of ten of the psalms (106, 111-113, 139,
146-150), hence called the "hallelujah psalms." From its frequent
occurrence it grew into a formula of praise. The Greek from of the
word (alleluia) is found in Revelations 19: 1, 3, 4, 6.


Welcome to Paradise
Starring Crystal Bernard and Brian Dennehy
Out of Pocket Films

“Welcome to Paradise,” a film written by Brent Huff and William Shockley and directed by Huff, is a family film that, while long on values, spreads the Good News through kindness between people versus sermonizing on celluloid.

As a matter of fact, “Paradise” directly takes on those religious types to whom the Bible refers to as “stiff-necked people.” Associate Pastor Debbie Laramie (“Wings” star Crystal Bernard) is in trouble at the top of the film for being too folksy in the pulpit. Her rigid male superiors exile her and her teenaged son (well-played by Bobby Edner) to the small town of Paradise, which as it turns out, isn’t. Just like in the big city, there are brittle, agenda-driven people in the small town. But without missing a beat, the new pastor jumps into the fray. Bernard’s Laramie is breezy and warm, and she does the Lord’s work by being her open self, bringing people together one at a time. Bernard skillfully anchors the role with honesty. She carries the film on her feminine shoulders, making it look effortless.

The cast is studded with sure-handed veterans, led by film and stage luminary Brian Dennehy, who lends deep credibility to a film just by walking in front of the camera. It seems he never fumbles a beat as an actor. Ever. Writer Shockley, who deftly pulls double duty playing the high school basketball coach, is a welcome... CONTINUED



To him with trumpets and with
With cornets, clarions and with
With harps, with organs, and with
With holy anthems and with psalms,
With voice of angels and of men,
Sing Alleluia: amen, amen.

Sir John Davies (1569-1626)
Elizabethan poet and politician

*A predecessor of the oboe, a shawm was a musical
instrument made from the late 13th-17th century.
Its sound was piercing and well-suited for outdoors.


And now, the Last Word:

Lord, accept our feeble song!
Power and praise to Thee belong;
We would all Thy grace record,
Holy, holy, holy, Lord!

T. Kelly
Hymn stanza from "Hymns for The Little Flock,"






































Bonus quote:

He is the eternal motion of joy.

Paramahansa Yogananda


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A Sufi story;
The Tanach;

Sir John