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SMC choirs to sing Christmas carols

first_imgThis Sunday, the 28th annual Lessons and Carols event will take place at the Church of Loretto at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Campus Ministry, the Department of Music, the Department of Communication, Dance and Theater and the Church of Loretto. Regina Wilson, assistant director of Campus Ministry, said Lessons and Carols is a gathering of prayer that was started by the Church of England. Readers recite scripture, and Saint Mary’s and the Church of Loretto’s choirs sing sacred songs of the season, she said. “The readings and lessons are readings that we carefully select based on theme,” Wilson said. “This year we picked readings that convey or represent images of Mary. And they aren’t all scripture. For instance there’s a lovely poem by Hildegard Von Bingen that we’ve used several times and that we are going to read again this year,” she said. The event begins with a procession of the choirs singing a congregational song. Readings and lessons with either choral or congregational signing alternate, Wilson said. The choirs include women’s choir, liturgical choir, collegiate choir, Loretto choir and Hand Belle Choir. A candlelight ceremony featuring “Silent Night” closes the event, she said. “We invite different people from the College to do the readings. We have seven different lessons and readings,” she said. “… Of the seven readers there are two faculty members, one student, two sisters, a couple of ministers so it is a representation of the College.” The readings often relate back to the mission of Saint Mary’s and to the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Wilson said. “It is very connected with the mission of the sisters of the Holy Cross so the readings often have something to do with justice,” she said. “And this year in particular to Mary and justice to Saint Mary’s to some of the thematic elements.” After participating in Lessons and Carols in 2012, sophomore Maria Wesler said she chose to participate for a second year as part of women’s choir because the event was a lovely experience. “[The Church of Loretto} is just so beautiful,” Wesler said. “The way you can hear everyone sing in there and [the way it] echoes is gorgeous,” she said. Saint Mary’s students also recognize the importance of keeping tradition and the value it has for the College, Wesler said. “It’s a part of maintaining the culture and also maintaining the values of Saint Mary’s,” she said. “I would say Lessons and Carols would probably be a good part of the Saint Mary’s tradition because it does keep alive the certain values that our school holds sacred like religion. Wilson said she believes the event is a celebratory occasion for the community to be in prayer together. “I find it to be an experience of prayer,” she said “… There are a lot of people that have been coming for years. This is their advent thing to participate in.” Contact Alex Winegar at [email protected]last_img read more

Guardiola hails ‘incredible’ Foden after Man City winning start

first_img Loading… Guardiola’s side could not afford to slip up at Molineux if they wanted to keep pace with the champions and they raced into a two-goal lead before half-time thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s penalty and Foden’s cool finish. City’s swaggering first half gave way to an anxious spell as Wolves dominated after the interval and they had to cling on afer Raul Jimenez got one back before Gabriel Jesus sealed the points in stoppage time. Foden’s goal was a welcome morale boost in his first match since the midfielder was sent home in disgrace, along with Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood, after the pair invited local women into the England team’s hotel. The breach of coronavirus protocols after England’s Nations League match in Iceland was publicly condemned by City, but the 20-year-old retains Guardiola’s trust. “For the goal and in the second half Foden played incredibly well, he helped us keep the ball,” Guardiola said. While City equalled Aston Villa’s record of winning 10 consecutive opening fixtures to a top-flight season, there is little doubt Liverpool remain the Premier League’s preeminent force for now. Pep Guardiola labelled Phil Foden as “incredible” after Manchester City survived a scare to start their Premier League title challenge with a 3-1 win against Wolves on Monday night. City’s delayed start to the campaign — due to their involvement in last season’s Champions League — had allowed Liverpool to build a six-point lead over them before they had even kicked a ball. Read Also: Barcelona, Suarez part ways, nears Atletico switch It feels like a crucial season for City and Guardiola as they look to regain the title they won in 2018 and 2019. Guardiola says he needs to “deserve” an extension to his City contract rather than just be handed one as he enters the final year of his current deal. After finishing 18 points behind Liverpool and suffering a shock Champions League quarter-final defeat against Lyon, City need to push the champions harder this term and the early signs were encouraging. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 But Guardiola was delighted to open with a victory given the shorter than usual pre-season. “We could not run much because we are tired in our legs but in general we did a good game,” he said. “The period that we are in, the situation that we had this last two weeks, I expected some moments where we suffer but in general we controlled it well. “It was a good performance. We know how difficult it is in this stadium. “Sometimes we need more time to get to our best condition but it was a good start to come here and win.” Promoted Content8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were AmazingWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?last_img read more

Reynolds spokesman now says Tupac email not tied to ouster of DHS director

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A spokesman for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds now says a mass email praising rapper Tupac Shakur wasn’t the reason Reynolds ousted an agency director.Reynolds spokesman Pat Garrett was asked last week whether the June 14 agency-wide email from Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven was tied to the governor’s request that Foxhoven immediately resign the next work day.Garrett said only that a “number of factors” prompted the governor’s decision, and that she wanted to take the agency in a new direction.On Thursday, he told the Des Moines Register that “of course” Foxhoven’s love for the rapper didn’t factor into his dismissal.Foxhoven’s practice of listening to the rapper’s music in his office on “Tupac Fridays,” marking the artist’s birthday and quoting lyrics had won him praise from some employees. But at least one also had previously complained to lawmakers.last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Jamie Vardy double downs Liverpool, Arsenal draw and Manchester United win

first_img1 Jamie Vardy Leicester 2-0 Liverpool A Jamie Vardy-inspired Leicester continued to top the Premier League table after a convincing win over Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.After an exciting, attacking, end-to-end first half which provided no goals, Vardy made up for it with a fantastic hit on the hour mark, in front of England boss Roy Hodgson.Leicester punted the ball over the top for the England man to chase and Vardy waited for it to bounce once before smashing a looping volley over Simon Mignolet and into the top corner.And Vardy doubled the lead ten minutes later with a real poacher’s finish after Shinji Okazaki’s blocked shot fell into his path and he lashed the ball home with his left foot.Norwich 0-3 TottenhamTottenham boosted their top four hopes further with a 3-0 victory at Norwich.Mauricio Pochettino’s men go third and above local rivals Arsenal on goal difference.  Dele Alli put the visitors ahead inside two minutes when Christian Eriksen’s shot was parried by Canaries goalkeeper Declan Rudd and the England youngster was there to tap home from close range. Alli was all set to net another when he followed up Harry Kane’s shot, before he was fouled by Sebastian Bassong.Kane coolly converted the resulting spot-kick to double Spurs’ lead after half an hour. The England marksman doubled his tally and sealed the win in the final minute as Eriksen won possession and gave it to the England striker to fire home.Manchester United 3-0 StokeManchester United returned to their entertaining ways at Old Trafford as they beat Stoke 3-0.Louis van Gaal’s men have struggled to score at home this season but they were two up at half-time, with thanks to Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.Lingard put the home side 1-0 up with just 14 minutes on the clock as he headed home Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s low cross.Martial looked dangerous and lively and he added a second with a superb curling effort to beat Jack Butland.Wayne Rooney had a goal harshly disallowed in the second half as he shoulder barged Glen Johnson before finishing well and the foul was awarded.The Manchester United and England captain was soon on the score sheet though, tapping home a good team goal for his seventh goal in as many games.West Ham 2-0 Aston VillaAfter a miserable January transfer window, Aston Villa kicked off February in the Premier League with a 2-0 defeat at West Ham.Remi Garde failed to add any additions to the ranks at Villa Park and the French boss is reportedly considering his position. This match will not help the cause and neither did Jordan Ayew, who was sent off early in the game, the striker clearly elbowing Aaron Cresswell.Michail Antonio headed the home side into the lead early in the second half before Cheikhou Kouyate fired high into the roof of the net with minutes remaining.The Villans remain rooted to the bottom, six points behind 19th-placed Sunderland.Sunderland 0-1 Manchester CityManchester City held off a strong second-half performance by Sunderland to leave the Stadium of Light 1-0 winners.Just a day after it was announced that Pep Guardiola will be replacing Manuel Pellegrini in the summer, the Citizens kept their cool as they stay three points behind leaders Leicester.City have slipped up against Sunderland in previous years but Sergio Ageuro soon but any nerves on ice as he put the Black Cats in front with a neat finish. With 16 minutes on the clock, the Argentinian controlled Jesus Navas’ cross in the box and, with the outside of his boot, he finished across goal. New boy Lamine Kone nearly drew the home side level as he headed past the post and Joe Hart made a stunning save to deny Jermain Defoe before the interval.Sam Allardyce’s men put on an impressive show in the second half but they could not find an opening.Crystal Palace 1-2 BournemouthBournemouth moved seven points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace.Scott Dann put the Eagles ahead with a neat finish before Marc Pugh, who scored in the FA Cup at the weekend, drew the Cherries level just seven minutes later.January addition Benik Afobe – from Wolves – scored the all important goal shortly before the hour, heading home after Wayne Hennessey had parried.West Brom 1-1 SwanseaWest Brom scored late on to rescue a point at home to Swansea City.Gylfi Sigurdsson finished well at the far post after 64 minutes and it looked like Francesco Guidolin’s men were heading for back-to-back victories before the Baggies’ late equaliser.  With two minutes of added time played, Salomon Rondon managed to divert the ball home following a corner.The point leaves Tony Pulis’ side 13th, while Swansea are 16th.Arsenal 0-0 SouthamptonArsenal were booed off at the Emirates after failing to break down a stubborn Southampton side.Olivier Giroud had a number of efforts on the Saints goal but Fraser Forster was brilliant on the night.His best moment came when Mesut Ozil poked a toe at Giroud’s knockdown header but the Englishman reacted fantastically to keep the Gunners at bay.The result means Arsene Wenger’s men drop to fourth in the table, behind rivals Tottenham and only five points ahead of Manchester United in fifth.Results in fullArsenal 0-0 SouthamptonLeicester City 2-0 LiverpoolNorwich 0-3 TottenhamSunderland 0-1 Manchester City West Ham 2-0 Aston VillaCrystal Palace 1-2 BournemouthManchester United 3-0 StokeWest Brom 1-1 Swansealast_img read more