Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day? --well, in actuality that should be September 3, or something like that

The Federal "Facts for Features" page sez: On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

So, just to remind you --this really isn't Independence Day --it's Declaration Day. And, just to remind you, you really missed the holiday --true Declaration Day is July 2 --the Declaration of Independence was penned to explain the decision.... just sayin'.

John Adams, President, wrote his wife:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
There we are... Wiki sez the Declaration of Independence wasn't completely signed until August 2....

AND --we probably wouldn't have won the war if France hadn't joined us, and Spain and the Dutch Republic hadn't started wars with Great Britain on distant shores....

Cornwall surrendered in Yorktown Virginia on October 19, 1781 --why don't we celebrate that day?
And, the Treaty officially ending the war was signed September 3, 1783 --why not celebrate that day?

See --we've been fed lies from the very beginning....

So, keep that all in mind as you play today --we're celebrating NOTHING!!! OR --we're celebrating something all wrong!!!

(C'mon --if we can't laugh and tease, what's there to life anyways?)

So, I'm headed out to a Powwow in Iron Lightening --they want to begin the Powwow with a church service --cool, heh?! And then I will stick around to see a little dancing. Maybe go in the ring if they invite an All Nations dance.... (all dancing at Powwows are forms of prayer btw).

And --Just remember. The Fourth of July is NOT a major feast of the church... as a matter of fact, readings and a collect for the Fourth were never in any prayer book ever until 1979. Just sayin'.... May be because so many of our "Founding Fathers" were Church of England types, and they knew we needed to be celebrating on another day....

From the Lectionary for Independence Day (Matthew 5:43-48)
Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
Joel says this selection was just PC.... I am remembering the early and mid-seventies when the BCP was pulled together. I think it was rather more than bold for the church to publish this as the reading in the midst of all that heat.

I remember.

Hey God. I remember. Help us. Lead us. Guide us. Forgive us. Redeem us. Amen.


kishnevi said...

Rabbinic exegesis of the refrain of Psalm 136, which depends on the fact that the idiom meaning "forever" means, literally "unto the world"
--ki l'olam Chasdo. "For the Mercy is forever/unto the world"
The Rabbis: and how is His Mercy unto all the worlds? By sustaining all things, and giving them existence, good or evil, whether they deserve it or not.

Linda Ryan said...

Hey, Margaret -- Yorktown DOES celebrate October 19th. :) In our family alone there are two birthdays on that day as well :)

it's margaret said...

Yes, indeed kishnevi --all things. Amen.

Linda --party hearty my friend. Glad some one is dancing on the right day!

rick allen said...

Just for is the memorial of Elizabeth of Portugal, whose story isn't entirely irrelevant:

(this from Wikipedia):

"Elizabeth would serve as intermediary between her husband and Afonso, during the Civil War between 1322 and 1324. The Infante greatly resented the king, whom he accused of favoring the king's illegitimate son, Afonso Sanches.[3] Repulsed to Alenquer, which supported the Infante, Denis of Portugal was prevented from killing his son through the intervention of the Queen. As legend holds, in 1323, Elizabeth, mounted on a mule, positioned herself between both opposing armies on the field of Alvalade in order to prevent the combat. Peace returned in 1324, once the illegitimate son was sent into exile, and the Infante swore loyalty to the king.

"After Denis' death in 1325, Elizabeth retired to the monastery of the Poor Clare nuns, now known as the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha (which she had founded in 1314) in Coimbra. She joined the Third Order of St. Francis, devoting the rest of her life to the poor and sick in obscurity. During the great famine in 1293, she donated flour from her cellars to the starving in Coimbra, but was also known for distributing small gifts, paying the dowries of poor girls, educating the children of poor nobles, and was a benefactor of various hospitals (Coimbra, Santarém and Leiria) and of religious projects (such as the Trinity Convent in Lisbon, chapels in Leiria and Óbidos, and the cloister in Alcobaça.

"She was called to act once more as a peacemaker in 1336, when Alfonso IV marched his troops against King Alfonso XI of Castile, to whom he had married his daughter Maria, and who had neglected and ill-treated her. In spite of age and weakness, the Queen-dowager insisted on hurrying to Estremoz, where the two kings' armies were drawn up. She again stopped the fighting and caused terms of peace to be arranged. But the exertion brought on her final illness. As soon as her mission was completed, she took to her bed with a fever from which she died on 4 July, in the castle of Estremoz."

Joel said...

Thank you Kishnevi! I love the way the Rabbis read their Scriptures. Why do so many of us get so upset when we so joy in ours, when even Jesus did so? I will never say Ps 136 again without thinking of you.