RSCM Camp 2018

For the last two summers, Turkey has attended the RSCM St. Louis summer camp…this year, Bunny and Ladybug joined him!

After a week of singing, singing, and more singing (plus some other fun activities!), they sang for the Choral Evensong service at 1st Presbyterian in Kirkwood last night.

They accompanied the congregation in singing one of my favorite hymns, “Christ, Mighty Savior.”

They sang another favorite of mine, the Magnificat:

This morning, they sang at the 10:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis. After the service, the Archbishop even commented that while they were singing, it sounded like the gates of Heaven had opened up, and I agree!

One of the pre-service pieces they sang was “Praise the Lord, O My Soul.”

Anglophile that I am, I couldn’t help but love hearing them sing “I Was Glad!”

We really missed having them at home all week, but it was very exciting to hear them sing, and hear all of their stories once they returned home!

Another Morning at the Cathedral Basilica

As we did last summer, yesterday we attended Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis to hear Turkey sing with the RSCM St. Louis Training Course. It was a lovely service, and the choir sounded beautiful…just like angels! And no matter how many times I visit the Cathedral, I am always amazed by its great beauty!

We’re already hoping that we’ll have the chance to go back next summer, and maybe even hear more than one of our children in the choir!

A Morning at the Cathedral Basilica

This morning, we had the opportunity to attend Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, and hear Turkey sing with his choir from the RSCM St. Louis training course. The service was interesting…there were some very familiar things in the liturgy, and some very different things, especially in the prayers. The choir sounded beautiful, and I’m very glad we were able to be there!

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The New Cathedral

We’ve visited the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis before, but every time you go, you see something new, or see something in a different way. Our latest visit was no different…I was astounded by the absolutely breathtaking beauty of the building!

I wonder what new thing I’ll notice the next time we visit?

2014-15 School Year–Week Seven

Whew! It’s been another busy week! In a lot of ways, though, it was actually pretty easy. Turkey and Bunny have moved on to geometry in math, which they both like and breeze through. They also really enjoyed getting a chance to use their protractors, so it was a good math week for them! Ladybug has been working on counting by eights, and adding three-digit numbers with carrying, which she seems to have mastered.

We abandoned our history studies this week so we could really focus on The Hobbit. We’ve met the dragon now, and nobody wanted to stop reading this week. I figured since we were slightly ahead of where we’re supposed to be in history, taking a week off wouldn’t hurt!

We wrapped up study of fruit in science. Even I learned a lot about the different types of fleshy and dry fruit…it’s very interesting! The children are wanting to try some more exotic fruits just so they can see what the inside looks like, so it’s the gift that keeps on giving. I think we’re going to try to find a star fruit first.

Friday we took a field trip to the St. Louis Art Museum. We saw a special exhibit about Louis IX, and we also saw an exhibit about calligraphy in Japan and China, which was timely, since we recently learned about both countries, and calligraphy, in school. The pieces displayed were beautiful, and we learned a lot. Even I didn’t know how big a calligraphy brush could be, and I also had no idea there were so many different kinds of calligraphy script.

While we were out, we also visited the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. I had promised the children we would find a time to go view the mosaics there (the largest collection in the world!), after we learned about mosaics in history several weeks ago. It’s not the first time we’ve been there, but the magnitude of the work that went into making the mosaics, and their beauty, take your breath away every time. A lot of people may not realize it, but St. Louis really is a wonderful place to view all different kinds of art!

Next week we’re taking our fall week, and I’m really looking forward to it, because I have some housework that’s been piling up that really needs my attention!

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

We drove into the city today, so we could tour the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. It’s an amazing church!

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I was very interested in the coat of arms over the door. I can’t quite identify it…I think it’s the diocesan coat of arms, impaled with the Cardinal’s personal coat of arms, and possibly something else as well, in addition to the papal regalia.

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Speaking of the papal regalia, we also saw the umbraculum, the tintinnabulum, and the cathedra:

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The children were amazed by the size and height of the pulpit…it’s pretty incredible!

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There are several chapels in the Cathedral Basilica, which completely mystify the children:

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There is also a crypt, which is the final resting place for Cardinals Glennon and Ritter, among others:

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The real beauty of the Cathedral Basilica is the mosaics that grace nearly every surface. The mosaics cover 83,000 square feet, and have more than 8,000 shades of color in them (I didn’t know there were that many colors!). It took twenty artists 75 years to complete them all. They depict scenes from the Bible as well as church history, in addition to the many different crosses and patterns that are to be found. Photos really don’t capture how intricate and beautiful they are, as well as how much they gleam, even in a fairly darkened church.

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The baptismal font was also ornate and beautiful:

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After we toured the inside of the church, Turkey, Bunny, and I walked around the outside.

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It was Turkey who noticed that they wings of this angel are made of wind chimes (I was too busy being scared to death by a nun to notice it myself…you can imagine how bad I felt!):

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Even the back of the building is lovely:

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It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon right before Christmas, and reflect on the true Reason for the season!