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Everything English Month Concludes

November 30th, 2009, Promulgated by Gen

Well, it has been a month of absolutely anglophilic joys. (Anglophile = lover of English culture)

However, we must move on to something new. In this transition, though, I thought it would be fitting to share in video form one of my favorite hymns of all time. The piece is “I Vow to Thee My Country,” and is absolutely stirring. The actual video below is from Princess Diana’s funeral.

St. David, patron of Wales, pray for us!
St. Andrew, patron of Scotland, pray for us!
St. George, patron of England, pray for us!
St. Patrick, patron of Ireland, pray for us!
All holy English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish men and women of God, pray for us!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmeQ_M7fPMw]

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18 Responses to “Everything English Month Concludes”

  1. St. Edward, patron of Scotland, pray for us!

    Isn't St. Andrew the Patron of Scotland?

  2. Thanks to Gustav Holst we have this awesome piece of music. As a hymn in the United States it is called "O God Beyond All Praising".

    A friend of mines son was attending Eton at the time of Princess Diana's funeral. He was a boy soprano in the choir on this video.

  3. avatar Gen says:

    Padraic –

    You're right. I meant to put Andrew, but I just saw a video recently about Edward the Confessor. I guess I just have him on my mind. I edited the post. Thanks for catching that! You get a nod of the miter for that.

  4. Padraic – I just noticed that you use to live in Rochester. Whereabouts?

  5. avatar Anonymous says:

    Movie about Edward the confessor? Was this a dvd , or on history channel or EWTN/

  6. In the Choir Loft,

    I lived on Flint Street until 1950 when we moved to Trafalgar St, – three doors behind West High (now Wilson Magnet). Went to St. Monica's School, one year at St. Andrew's Semnary and then three years at Aquinas.

  7. Padraic: Did you know the Neary's on Flint. He was a police officer. My music teacher lived on Roslyn Street, between Genesee and Wellington; not quite the Sibley tract. St. Monica's was one of the bonton parishes. Do you remember the Madison Sweet Shop,across from WEst High and Campi's, both on Genesee Street?

  8. The Nearys lived at 502 Flint St. and we lived at 484 Flint. Fred was probably my best friend as we grew up. I believe it was Hazel's Sweet Shop but everybody called it "Mike's'" When I was in High School I worked at Rogers Red & White two doors north of Mikes. How well I remember Campis just across the street from St. Monica's Church. Not so much for the pizza but for the spaghetti and meat balls!

  9. You're right, it was Hazel's. Those Red&White; haven't been around for years and years, like the A&P.; Then you must remember Kelly's Bar and Corrigan's Service Station, Carr's. What was the restaurant about kitty-corner from Carr on the east side of Genesee Street?

  10. Then you must remember Kelly's Bar and Corrigan's Service Station, Carr's. What was the restaurant about kitty-corner from Carr on the east side of Genesee Street?

    I remember Kelly's. I think I was only in there once with my father. I don't recall Carrigan's. Was Carr's on the corner of Genesee and Brooks Ave.? I recall a restaurant/bar across the street but don't recall the name. It has been a long time since I left Rochester – the fall of 1970. I worked for IBM in Rochester when they transferred me to Boca Raton, FL – never left and retired from IBM in 1996.

  11. I just recalled I saw one of the Nearys a couple of years ago. I saw Barbara Neary when I was in Rochester for my Aunt's funeral three years ago.

  12. Carr's was the pharmacy at Brooks and Genesee. It seems to me the restaurant was something like the Torqua Inn, or something very similar. Who was the monsignor that was pastor of St. Monica's. I cannot for the life of me think of his name. I can hear his voice singing the Preface. Did you remember Hugh Dodge, the organist at St. Monica's?
    Corrigan's was a Texaco station. What was the bar/restaurant on Genesee between, I think, Sawyer and Cottage? WAsn't the drug store at Genesee and Sawyer called Angel's? Did you live on Flint during the riots in July of 64?

  13. How about Brooks Bike Shop and those open swims at Genesee Valley Park pool. Sitting on those bench while you waited in line. And the ice skating rink there. Some fun days.

  14. Who was the monsignor that was pastor of St. Monica's.

    It was Msgr. Gerald Lambert.

    Did you remember Hugh Dodge, the organist at St. Monica's?

    Sure do. I was a altar boy for a number of funerals and can still hear him sing, Dies Irae.

    What was the bar/restaurant on Genesee between, I think, Sawyer and Cottage? WAsn't the drug store at Genesee and Sawyer called Angel's?

    That one I don't remember. Too long ago I guess. Periodically I look at the old Rochester neighborhood via Google maps. It seems about the only time I get to Rochester is for funerals. I have told my sister who still lives there that she had better die in the Summer if she wants me to come for the funeral.

    Did you live on Flint during the riots in July of 64?

    My mother and father were living on Trafalgar St. then. I was in the Marine Corps then in MCAS, Cherry Point, NC. My enlistment ended in Dec. of that year and I returned to Rochester.

  15. Interesting memories you have. Thanks for sharing them. I remember walking around the Sibley tract thinking it was a whole different world with those beautiful old homes.

    When you had come home from your enlistment in Dec. had you noticed much of a change in the neighborhood since after the riots?

  16. When you had come home from your enlistment in Dec. had you noticed much of a change in the neighborhood since after the riots?

    Not really. When I returned, my wife and I lived on Shelbourne Rd. in the Strong Memorial Hospital neighborhood.

  17. Immediately after the riot, the market was flooded with houses for sale. As you probably are aware, the city is a shell of what it once was.

    Your last name is Egan or MacEgan or some variation of that?

  18. Your last name is Egan or MacEgan or some variation of that?

    It is Patrick Eagan. This is one of the various spellings with Egan being the most common. My mother married an Eagan and her sister married an Egan. My father and uncle would always argue which was the correct spelling. Actually both are correct.

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