The Days of Awe

Today’s Word:

“Lord, teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart” (Psalm 90:12)

 


On This Date..

On September 25, 1963 Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., Archmere’s second headmaster (1936-1945), died in Wisconsin at age 67. He was ordained a priest in 1928 and arrived at Archmere on August 13, 1932, the second teacher of the new Archmere Academy, teaching English and Religion. He became headmaster on August 28, 1936; he resigned in November 1945 due to illness and returned to Wisconsin. He became a pastor and convent chaplain in Alverno, WI in 1947, serving there until his death.

On  September 25, 2014, today, the Jewish People celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Days of Awe, begun last evening by the sound of the shofar.  As The Inquirer noted yesterday, “Jews will take stock of their relationships with God and humankind, and pray for life in the new liturgical year that arrives with Yom Kippur” (October 4).

As we recall the role of Father Hurley in the first days of Archmere, we pray these words of today’s psalm at Mass: “Lord, teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart”, a perfect prayer for the Days of Awe.

 

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– Father McLaughlin

Rosh Hashanah: Reflection & New Beginning

Today’s Word:

I will thank You always for what You have done, and proclaim the goodness of Your name before Your faithful ones. (Psalm 52:11)


On This Date…

At sundown this evening, the Jewish people began the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish New Year 5774. The celebration spans over a period of ten days, known as the “Days of Awe.” It concludes with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

In the Jewish faith, Rosh Hashanah is a time of remembering the creation of the world, God’s covenant with Israel, and the good deeds done to others.

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A shofar is a hallowed-out ram’s horn.

The sounding of the shofar (audio above; photo left) and honey are two symbols of the holiday. People dip slices of apple in honey and offer them to others, wishing them a sweet New Year.

At Mass today, we prayed from the Hebrew Scriptures, “I will thank You always for what You have done, and proclaim the goodness of Your name before Your faithful ones,” – such perfect words for Rosh Hashanah.

– Father McLaughlin