Lift Every Voice (French With Translation)


Eng

French

Soulevez chaque voix et chantez
Jusqu’à ce que la terre et le ciel sonnent
Bague aux harmonies de Liberty
Que notre joie s’élève
Haut comme le ciel qui écoute
Laissez-le résonner fort comme la mer qui roule
Chante une chanson pleine de la foi que le sombre passé nous a enseigné
Chante une chanson pleine d’espoir que le présent nous a apporté
Face au soleil levant de notre nouvelle journée commencée
Marchons jusqu’à ce que la victoire soit remportée
Stony la route que nous avons foulée
Amer la tige de châtiment
Ressenti à l’époque où l’espoir à naître était mort
Pourtant avec un rythme régulier
N’avons pas nos pieds fatigués
Venez à l’endroit pour lequel nos pères ont soupiré?
Nous avons parcouru un chemin qui a été arrosé de larmes
Nous sommes venus, marchant sur notre chemin à travers le sang des massacrés
Hors du sombre passé
Jusqu’à présent, nous nous tenons enfin
Où la lueur blanche de notre étoile brillante est projetée
Dieu de nos années fatiguées
Dieu de nos larmes silencieuses
Toi qui nous a amené jusqu’ici sur le chemin
Toi qui, par ta puissance, nous a conduits dans la lumière
Gardez-nous pour toujours sur le chemin, nous prions
De peur que nos pieds ne s’éloignent des lieux, notre Dieu, où nous t’avons rencontré
De peur que, nos cœurs ivres du vin du monde, nous ne t’oublions
A l’ombre sous ta main
Puissions-nous rester debout pour toujours
Fidèle à notre Dieu
Fidèle à notre terre natale
Notre terre natale

English

Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun
Let us march on till victory is won
Stony the road we trod
Bitter the chastening rod
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died
Yet with a steady beat
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered
Out from the gloomy past
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast
God of our weary years
God of our silent tears
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way
Thou who has by Thy might Led us into the light
Keep us forever in the path, we pray
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee
Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee
Shadowed beneath Thy hand
May we forever stand
True to our God
True to our native land
Our native land

https://youtu.be/ONgOH_tq7-Q

Prayer: Examination Of Conscience


Before I begin this communal prayer, I would like to preface this presentation by saying a few things.

In the Roman Catholic Church and its liturgical traditions, an examination of conscience is a reflective activity where one sets aside quiet time to reflect on and call to mind the sins, imperfections, and moral failures he has made over a period of time, with consultation of the Holy Spirit. It is usually given by a priest prior to the Sacrament of Confession, which allows the person to “confess his sins” before a priest, who will offer him an act of “penance” (or reconciliation.)

It is worth noting that I am not a part of the Catholic Church, nor am I a supporter of the idea of confessing to man to absolve one’s sins. It is Jesus Christ alone who forgives us for our sins when we confess and repent.

In the wake of the two year anniversary of the tragic murder of 46-year-old George Floyd, the style and methodology of this particular composition is not meant to endorse any one denomination over another, rather to expose you to different styles and methods of spiritual expression, specifically the rite of prayer and lamentation through the eyes of other Christian sects, while communicating the core messages of the Gospel.

The nature of this writing style is to cohesively communicate the gravity of the generational sins which plagues America. This is not so much for Floyd and his family alone, but for the country, its allies, and the surrounding nations which have witnessed this evil, and partook in the systemic oppression and African-Americans and other creeds. To further protray the reality and universality of racism and systemic oppression as a generational sin, America is protrayed as a mother birthing children, representing the coming generations since slavery. The following prayer is translated in both English and Latin. Supplemental illustrations are linked at the end of this portion of the protest.

Prayer (Latin)

Misericors Dóminus ómnium géntium;
Oramus pro America, fascinata foemina.
Suum thesaurum libertatis et prosperitatis abdidit
Inferioris hominis carnes comedere.
Memoriae transitus Georgii Floyd;
Deploramus humanae vitae iacturam;
Aer dedit ei Deus inspirare;
Corde suo tenerum: Ecclesia misericordiae;
et lumen quod in pigmento cutis eius refulsit.
Mater America liberos suos prodidit
Sacrum votum solvendo
Esse terram liberorum
Et domum fortium.
Aperi oculos suos, ne se ipsa decipiat;
Excaecavit enim eam Satan in ira furoris sui
Pupillum deridens sibi dissimilem cognatum suum;
Venter eius plenus inimicitiae;
Liberos suos in saltu ferarum proterviam eripi
Propriis manibus systematis innectis
Quod justum non est justum, justum est;
Abnegans dimidium veri et fabulis iniquitatem suam.
Domine, ubi pestilens suspicio et stereotypa infructuosa sunt;
Dilectio alta, pura et prudens;
Odiosa odor evanens odii;
Dolorem perferendis, culpa,
Peperit filiam nomine Reconciliationem;
Quis erit responsabilitas ad tranquillitatem restituendam
Quia primogenito suo spopondit.
Scrutemur ergo conscientiam nostram;
et labore plantandi hortum
Iustitiae et fraternae caritatis fructus metit
Quod per nihilum finitum est, et perpetuum per aeternitatem.
Amen!

Prayer (English)

O Merciful Lord Of All The Nations,
We pray for America, a bewitched woman.
She has buried her treasure of freedom and prosperity
To eat the flesh of the Inferior Man.
As we remember the passing of George Floyd,
We lament at the loss of human life:
The air God gave Him to breathe,
His tender heart: A church of compassion,
And the light that shined in the pigment of his skin.
Mother America has betrayed her children
By breaking the sacred vow
To be the land of the free
And the home of the brave.
Open her eyes, lest she not deceive herself:
For Satan has blinded her with fits of rage–
Mocking the Orphan who is unlike her kin,
Her belly full of animosity,
Enslaving her children to the rowdy jungle of wild beasts —
With her own hands, crafting a system
That just is not true just-ice,
Denying her iniquity with half-truth and fables.
Lord, where there is unwholesome suspicion and unfruitful stereotypes,
Let love be profound, pure, and prudent:
Vanishing the distasteful aroma of hatred,
Enduring the pain of her sin,
Birthing a daughter named Reconciliation,
Who will take the responsibility to restore the tranquility
That she pledged to her firstborn child.
Let us therefore examine our conscience,
And do the hard work of planting the garden
That reaps fruits of justice and brotherly affection
That is limited by nothing, and continual through eternity.
Amen!

To add context to the art displayed, the picture of Minneapolis is colored in a deep red, representing the communal pain of the generational sin of racism.

Generally used in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Confession in the Catholic Church, the purple stole was a special garment that priests wore while members of the Church confessed their sins and performed penance during Lent and Easter. Hence the context of this protest, this is a symbol of national reconciliation and repentance.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ou-7nTZUc1JLfo56353MKJGWDDh_6AAN5E-RXHtWFQE/edit?usp=drivesdk

There is so much pain…


Not just in Florida or in any of the other towns and cities where a terrorist has used a gun to kill people, but all over the world where people are persecuted for the faith no matter what it might be. Pain in hospitals where children who aren’t old enough to walk are trying to fight cancer of one type or another. There is much pain in any one of the war zones around the world because of the death and destruction caused for reasons which few can even recall today.

Why?

This is the question which so many parents and grandparents ask when their child is suffering from a disease that ultimately will end their life. Many of them are suffering from diseases which have had millions of dollars spent on research and yet there is still no effective treatment let alone a cure. Why? It seems that educators and scientists and doctors all believe that if we throw more money at the problem it will work out better in the end…but it hasn’t. In any of those areas, more money has not fixed the dropout rate or the disease survival rate significantly. I know that more children survive some childhood cancers now than they did thirty or more years ago, but what about the new cancers or those which have evolved as they speak about?

Did they change so much that even the treatments from years past don’t even work or are the drug companies just too greedy and they just raise the price of a drug and change its name? Exactly! Greed has driven this industry for far too long. Greed has driven our medical industry for too long as well.

Why am I bringing this up on my site? Because I have had to buy some medication and it was expensive. I have also talked with some friends who have medication which cost nearly $500 for one inhaler!

God did not intend for us to have to take these things in the first place and the companies are making so much money off of them! If we could go back to growing our own food and eat those vegetables exclusively then our need for medication would diminish. God loves us and did not create our world with GMO things to feed us or to plant in our gardens. When He made it, He said it was good and that means perfection!

Find a diet which follows the Bible’s recommendations. I am not talking about eating insects like John the Baptist, but eating wholesome REAL food, not man-made, modified food. This is the type of diet which will KEEP you healthy or possibly cure some of the problems that may be caused by those man-made “foods”. Seek God’s wisdom in your diet as well as in your life so that your eternity will be declared good in God’s eyes.