Glaring gargoyle creature seems to exhibit extreme evil intent as seen on its distorted face looking down at passersby on Saint Catherine Street.
It along with plenty of other unique, malicious looking gargoyles carved into the Gothic Revival facade of Christ Church Cathedral are its guardians against real evil that allegedly stalks the downtown street in Montreal.
This member of a gargoyles army adorning the facade is supposed to scare of evil spirits that may want to enter this Anglican church intent on messing around with its parishioners.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GLARING”.
Two Moslem women wearing hijabs place order for “Halal” meals they savor instead of usual restaurant menu offered because their faith prevents eating food considered “haram”, not permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law.
The scene is Saint Catherine Street on Friday July 14, 2017 during the local merchants street long sale and these two hungry young women sit down at a restaurant’s outdoor terrace, a likely place for a nice meal.
Montreal, a world-class city, is home to many different people and cultures from across the globe therefore, prepared food sourced from almost anywhere can be found including specials like Halal and Kosher, both which in many ways are alike.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SAVOR”.
Image depicts members of folk grunge musical troupe delta, where sax player and the female singer eye each other ready but awaiting their cue to join in with accordian player.
The Nulle Part Nord performed on an outdoor stage last Friday on the eve of the annual Saint Jean Baptiste celebrations in Quebec on Montreal’s West Island despite some dreadful wet weather which dampened the amount of audience participation.
Things started to improve when this motley troupe did their gig which happened to be shortly before the awesome fireworks display that came after perhaps, their music had something to do with it because the rain drizzle that plagued most of the day stopped and the skies cleared up helping to salvage the celebrations.
The sparce audience suddenly grew three-fold delighting the food-truck and other vendors meanwhile, giving Montreal’s finest some work filtering the growing crowd and blocking/limiting road access with police cars to celebrations area.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”DELTA”.
Excited children commit much fun on stage during 2016 Saint Jean Baptiste day celebrations in a borough on Montreal’s West Island singing, clapping their hands, and jumping up and down while their very happy parents nearby watch the whole spectacle.
As my picture shows these small children are clearly enjoying their experience being up on stage with an adult animator-moderator (far top left) encouraging them, and leading the children’s chorus singing all sorts of appropriate songs and engaging them in lively activities designed to make it happy and memorable time.
Some of these little guys seem to be dressed up to mark the occasion wearing hats with French Quebec’s provincial heritage emblem, the fleur-des-lys or simply Québec written across the front in large letters.
Each year on June 24th Quebec celebrates the feast day of its patron saint, John the Baptist, or as they call it in French Quebec, Saint Jean Baptiste however, since the fateful election of the separatist Parti Québécois in the 1970’s the holiday became secular “La Fête nationale du Québec”.
This holiday on June 24th, has reverted to being a state sponsored orgy of excessive boozing, drugs, merry-making, inappropriate behavior, and sex by many reminiscent of similar bygone pagan excesses during the dark past like when Herod imprisoned and martyred John.
Instead of being a respected religious day of peace, visits with family and friends, poignant reflection, prayer, and worshiping God in Church meanwhile, also remembering John’s tragic beheading it is just another secular wild party designed to help the government keep power by doling out tax money on the “fête” activities.
Reasons for this slide towards the Abyss vary however, a lion share of blame falls on an influential, small minority of Quebec atheistic, monied, political elite conspiring with other powerful enemies of the Church to exploit certain sick abuses by a small, perverted minority of Quebec’s Roman Catholic clergy, to help rip away many already aimless, ignorant, uneducated, and weak-willed non-practicing Catholics from the Church.
This is incredible considering that it was the Church that kept it all together for the Québécois since the French defeat at the Plains of Abraham near Quebec City, when France abandoned them to their fate with Protestant England, who could have easily assimilated their culture and deleted their existence.
Since then Quebec has been in a free-fall, its monied, political elites leading the way in Canada towards amoral, immoral, and decadent behavior where human life has become to mean very little anymore replaced instead by an emphasis on material gain and wealth.
As a final reward the “enlightened” converts are guaranteed a cheap cremation of their mortal body remains on the pyre perhaps, to accompany their immortal soul already in the Abyss.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”COMMIT”.
A bright beam of light reflects off top of gold statue of Our Lady of Lourdes and shines while being enveloped by gray overcast sky over the Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes chapel on Saint Catherine east in downtown Montreal.
This little known church designed by famous Quebec architect Napoléon Bourassa was built in 1904, that year represented fifty years since the concept of the Immaculate Conception was finally decided on, formally announced, and established as an article of faith by the Roman Catholic Church in Rome.
Viewed from across the street I saw a simple, modest yet beautifully designed church with a large bright golden statue of Mother Mary resting on a world globe one of her feet crushing a serpent representing the devil.
The whole scene crowned the crest of the chapel’s front facade, something that first caught my immediate attention persuading me to checking it out.
Although I have yet to visit this French Canadian church to see its interior I have however, done some research over the Internet that has fascinated me about this “chapel”, which incidentally it shares this sector of Saint Catherine with another what looks like larger church (Saint Jacques) across the street from it.
Both these churches apparently being incorporated into the downtown campus of UQAM (University of Quebec in Montreal) and are in the process of being renovated and/or upgraded according to some plan.
According to my simple Internet research, the Our Lady of Lourdes chapel is considered one of the finest works by Mr. Bourassa, who apparently was well-known and respected architect in his time and has an extensive list of works in Quebec and even one in Fall River, Massachusetts USA.
Napoléon Bourassa was also consulted for the Quebec Legislature construction project, helped found the National Art Gallery of Canada with fellow artists because he also was an accomplished artist, taught art, sculpture, and architecture, directed a publication, and dabbled in Quebec politics as V/P of the notorious Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society just to name a few of his accomplishments.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GRAY”.
The gargoyle’s unmistakable brain fry look stares down from the front facade of the Christ Church Cathedral on passersby walking Saint Catherine street west.
This old Anglican Gothic Revival cathedral is located between Union Avenue and University Street next door to the famous old now defunct Eaton’s Department store building.
His “mug’ was just one of many gargoyles that adorn the front of this old Protestant church built on its present site nearly 100 years ago with modifications and restorations happening well up to the early 1980’s.
The gargoyles, grotesque carved faces adorning the church front are advertising signs, visual tokens or marks, reminding medieval illiterate people of evil spirits and monsters that they may encounter outside the church, and how lucky the congregation are when inside because it is the house of God and evil fears entering there.
Gargoyles also serve as ‘guardians’ of church property designed to ward off all evil lurking outside.
Gargoyles became popular during the 13th century as fancy drainage waterspouts incorporated into the Gothic architecture projecting from the structure’s upper facade or its roof gutter helped clear rain water from walls and foundation.
In 1988 the Province of Quebec recognized Christ Church Cathedral as historic, listing it in Patrimoine culturel du Québec, soon followed by Canadian federal government designating this very interesting structure modeled after typical 14th century English Gothic-style churches a national historic site.
In addition to being an architectural jewel, Christ Church Cathedral, also has a history with the Canadian military, the Canadian Grenadier Guards, who claim it their regimental church.
This association is very apparent especially each November 11, Remembrance Day, when members of the Guards march from McGill University’s Arts Building on campus to this church for religious services moreover, the church also houses the Guards’ retired regimental colors.
The gargoyle picture depicted is one that I took last summer 2016, while walking along Saint Catherine towards my metro(subway) station.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FRY”.
“Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust..“, words everybody has heard or will hear at least once in their lives probably during burial services for a loved one, a family member, a friend, or someone they knew.
These are words a Christian priest or a minister would say at the grave site of the dearly departed reminding all present that our lives on this planet numbered, very short, and we will all end up dying and get buried (or cremated then buried) ending up just some dirt returning back to mother earth.
My picture depicts a remembrance prayer service by a group of Ukrainian Catholic priests for their own brother priests buried at Montreal’s Cote-des-Neiges Cemetery following another service for Ukrainian community members buried at this cemetery.
This has been a tradition followed by the Montreal community since the 1950’s to visit the graves of their deceased and attend the special service during the month of June each year to remember and pray for the souls of those now sleeping the eternal sleep here.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”EARTH”.
Methodical, thorough, and tenacious Louis Pasteur also took calculated risks experimenting even when others criticised his work and detail-oriented methods making some of our modern world’s most important advances in microbiology and immunology.
Pasteur, a devout Catholic, lived by his faith proving biogenesis, life giving life, leading to the practice of sterilization in the fields of medicine and food preparation.
He proved that certain bacteria causes disease in humans and animals, while others cause spoilage in foods and drink providing the basis of our modern methods in “pasteurization” in both our medical and food production industry.
Young Pasteur started off an average, rather slow, student giving no sign of the true intellect residing in him never-the-less, despite appearances he did study diligently although without much enthusiasm however, all changed after he obeyed his trusting father’s suggestion he become a professor.
Countless millions are alive today owing it all to his vigorous approach to work leading to important discoveries because Pasteur never rested until he had rigorously re-tested things several times ensuring positive results.
Whenever Pasteur was fascinated by a problem he would systematically, whole-heartedly, investigate it without reservation to find a possible solution , a trait that finally also helped shorten his life at age 72.
My picture depicts Louis Pasteur’s bust on a pedestal resting in a small courtyard near the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) on Berri and Saint Catherine streets in eastern part of downtown Montreal.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”TENACIOUS”.
Object of denial during this time of year, sometimes rich, dark, delicious, chocolate cake covered with tangy lemon butter-cream icing and lemon custard cream center combined with some creamy butter-pecan ice cream is temptation just too hard to resist.
Presently, Jewish members of our multicultural, politically imposed secular society are celebrating Passover while Christians Easter, yet both religions require some fasting and denial in preparation to their holy day, at least for a brief time, stuff most of us like and enjoy eating and drinking.
Perhaps, another good reason to abstain from enjoying our cake and ice cream may involve your diet maybe, you are trying to lose or maintain a certain weight to remain healthy.
Then again, it may be that you don’t like cake or ice cream or the type and flavors depicted and prefer eating fruit or even beet borscht soup because high calorie desserts are something you abhor or are not accustomed due to your background.
Denial is very important for our spiritual well-being because we are after all, mortal and everything ends in a very short time although this is hard to believe especially if our circumstances are better than everybody else around us never-the-less, we must be mindful everything is truly only temporary.
I have selected a number of quotes about denial that you may like:
“Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.”
“Have you found honey? Eat only what you need, That you not have it in excess and vomit it.”
“So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh– for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DENIAL”.
Today, love expectation is high because of Saint Valentine, a Catholic patron saint, martyred for his faith in ancient Rome loving his executioners.
On the day he was to die, he gave a note to his jailer-executioner’ formerly blind daughter, whom he miraculously restored eyesight to which said a few famous words, “Your Valentine”.
Saint Valentine was brutally martyred during the reign of Emperor Claudius Gothicus for helping convert pagan Romans to Christianity meanwhile, refusing the emperor to sacrifice to Rome’s prescribed pagan idol gods.
While imprisoned he gave testimony and through fervent prayers healed his jailer’s blind daughter when asked to by him, who promised to intervene asking clemency of the emperor yet failed to get it resulting in Saint Valentine’s death.
Apparently, because of lack of written records or others lost since those times our information is mostly based on oral testimonies of Christian survivors however, sufficient, scant, information exists showing there may have been more than one martyr named Valentinus (Valentine).
Because of this uncertainty, the Roman Catholic Church removed his name from their General Roman Calendar, leaving his liturgical celebration to local calendars although the Church continues recognizing him as saint listing him in the Roman Martyrology authorizing his liturgical veneration on February 14 each year.
This early Christian martyr’s feast day on February 14 however, has since been subverted by our secular society commercializing it into their type of “love”, financial gain.
My short animation reflects what Saint Valentine means today for those who celebrate it in our modern world, hope you get a chuckle out of it.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”EXPECTATION”.