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Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."
- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Singing the Gospel of Luke

This past week, the nearby university held their annual Christmas Concert. Not surprisingly, most of the music was in a foreign language and that language was Latin. The university fields several choral groups and its seems that each had one or two selections in Latin.

Weeks ago, I was discussing the upcoming concert with one of the singers, who was busy practicing his Latin selection, Regina Coeli. Our young friend was blissfully unaware that Regina Coeli translates as "Queen of Heaven". Regina Coeli is an ancient Latin Marian Hymn that is traditionally sung during evening prayers.

What I really found fascinating while listening to the evening's opening music is, that due to our location in the deep south, much of the choir was likely Baptist and likely unaware of the true meaning of the words they were singing. How many college students today have a background in Latin, particularly those with Southern Baptist backgrounds? So it was with some bemusement that I listened to the beautiful hymn having full knowledge that, outside of the concert hall, more fundamental Baptists were excorating Catholics for using the term "Queen of Heaven." The more Biblically literate know that "queen of heaven is found in both Jer 7:18 and Jer 44:19 and refers in that particular book to a pagan goddess. Not so the hymn.

As part of Regina Coeli, the group also sang the Sanctus. As more liturgical Christians know, the Sanctus is a prayer of worship which generaly precedes the consecration of the bread and wine. Again, our young singers were likely singing with little thought to the origin of the hymn. As a bit of trivia, the word sanctus, or Holy, is sung three times because in Isaiah 6:3 we find that God is thrice holy.

Later, another choral group sang a version of the Ave Maria that I had never heard before. Ave Maria being Latin for "Hail Mary", the traditional Catholic prayer to Mary, which is found at Luke 1:28 and following. The lyrics were faithful to to the Latin Vulgate Bible.

After the performance I spotted a young friend of the family who is a self-proclaimed agnostic. She remarked that the concert was like attending a Catholic mass. She had no trouble following the Latin and was fully aware of how Catholic the selections were.

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Perpetual Virginity of Mary
Scripture Memorization for Catholics: Prayers

Source: Regina Coeli

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