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Mrs. Hartnett writes,
‘Tis the Season, again….
Last weekend was one of those ideal Spring weekends that I am certain all of us love so much: the confluence of azure blue sky, warm sun, cool breeze, and moderate temperature put a stamp of “just perfect” on the weather.
Springtime is a time of year when I always think a lot about my mother. A widowed and fiercely independent woman, my mother resisted our most sincere attempts to leave her home in Chicago and come to live with my family and me in Saint Louis. When a massive stroke took away all of her memory, she came to live with us here, frail, uncertain, and completely unknowing. And in the thirteen months that she was in my home before she died in my arms, she never knew who we were.
Springtime at my childhood home always meant spring cleaning, the way it was done in the days of my mother’s youth. Every shelf in every room was emptied and every item washed and dried by hand – no dishwashers in those days. Every vertical and horizontal surface in the house was cleaned, as was every rug and curtain. My mother had a wringer type washing machine all her life and never owned a dryer, and so everything was hung on the clothesline outside to dry.
My brothers never participated in this annual springtime rite, but I wouldn’t have traded all that work for anything in the world. For during those long hours of scrubbing and ironing and re-arranging and dismantling and rebuilding, my mother and I began and continued a close relationship and friendship that I have always cherished. We shared our dreams and hopes. We admitted to our fears. We told secrets. We laughed together. Thus there are special, special memories for me that are associated with Spring and with my mother, memories that helped in the healing following her death.
And so, welcome to Spring. I’m thinking of you, Mom!
SPRING CHORAL CONCERT AND FINE ARTS FESTIVAL
Please do read this important information from Choral Director Mrs. Stephanie Allee:
Attention all 7th grade parents, and parents of 8th graders who took vocal music this year:
The annual Spring Choral Concert and Fine Arts Festival will be on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kevin Kline Theatre. Please note that this is a change from what was printed in the course description and on some calendars early in the School year. All 7th graders and those 8th graders who took vocal music this year will participate. The concert is free and will last about 90 minutes. Following the concert, refreshments will be served and art work from the visual arts classes will be displayed. Dress code is coat and tie. Warm-up will take place in room 111 in the High School at 6:45 p.m. for 8th graders and 7:05 p.m. for 7th graders on the night of the concert. There will be a homework exemption for all participants for the following day. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if there is a conflict that will not allow your son to participate or if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you all there!
DISMISSAL FOR EASTER BREAK
On Wednesday, April 12, School will be dismissed at 3:00 (2:50 for Form II boys who are coming up from sports.) Any Junior School students who have not been picked up by 3:15 will be sent to the High School lobby to wait for rides home.
Classes resume on Tuesday morning, April 18.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE FOR THE ABBEY CHURCH
Please join the Monastic Community in the Abbey Church for the Holy Week Liturgies:
|Sunday, April 9
|10 a.m., Mass
|Thursday, April 13
|7:30 p.m., Mass of the Lord's Supper
|Friday, April 14
|12 p.m., Stations of the Cross
3 p.m., Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
8 p.m., Tenebrae
Tenebrae is part of the Divine Office celebrated by the Church during Holy Week and involves the gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms are chanted. The candles are in the sanctuary, in a stand called the hearse. Finally, the last candle is removed from sight, ending the service in total darkness. The strepitus (Latin for "great noise"), symbolizes the earthquake that followed Christ's death. Following the great noise, the candle which had been hidden from view is returned to the top of the hearse, signifying the return of Christ to the world with the Resurrection, and all depart in silence.
|Saturday, April 15
|Easter Vigil 8:00 p.m.
|Sunday, April 16
|Mass of the Lord's Resurrection 9:00 a.m.
|Wednesday, April 12
||Dismissal for Easter Break
|Thursday-Monday, April 13-17
|Tuesday, April 18
|Friday, April 21
||Priory Field Day
|Thursday, April 27
|| 7:30 p.m.
||Spring Choral Concert
|Friday, April 28
||the next newsletter
The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven -
All's right with the world!
Excerpt from the dramatic poem Pippa Passes, by Robert Browning
Robert Browning (1812 –1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.
Browning’s fame today rests mainly on his dramatic monologues, in which the words not only convey setting and action but also reveal the speaker’s character. Unlike a soliloquy, the meaning in a Browning dramatic monologue is not what the speaker directly reveals but what he inadvertently "gives away" about himself in the process of rationalizing past actions, or "special-pleading" his case to a silent auditor in the poem. Rather than thinking out loud, the character composes a self-defense which the reader, as "juror," is challenged to see through.
In The Ring and the Book, Browning writes an epic-length poem in which he justifies the ways of God to humanity through twelve extended blank verse monologues spoken by the principals in a trial about a murder. These monologues greatly influenced many later poets, including T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.
Ironically, Browning’s style, which seemed modern and experimental to Victorian readers, owes much to his love of the seventeenth century poems of John Donne with their abrupt openings, colloquial phrasing and irregular rhythms. But he remains too much the prophet-poet and descendant of Percy Shelley to settle for the conceits, puns, and verbal play of the Metaphysical poets of the seventeenth century. His is a modern sensibility, all too aware of the arguments against the vulnerable position of one of his simple characters, who recites: "God's in His Heaven; All's right with the world." Browning endorses such a position because he sees an immanent deity that, far from remaining in a transcendent heaven, is indivisible from temporal process, assuring that in the fullness of theological time there is ample cause for celebrating life.
Thank you to all of you for all that you do for the boys and for the School. We are grateful indeed.
Diana B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School
And just because I can’t resist, here is a riddle for you:
April showers bring May flowers. What do May flowers bring?