Yesterday, we celebrated our Patronal Feast and Father Christensen’s Feastday as well as mine. The children, teachers and I had a great day due to kindnesses on the part of many. Mass, the Eucharistic Procession, spiritual bouquets, adoration and the delicious Polish lunch were topped off by a surprise for Father. While Christensen does not sound Polish, Father is! Never have I met a man prouder of his ethnic heritage, than Father of his Polish blood, and I do know Father Barr. It is close, but in my estimation, Fr. C wins.
“The Trumpeter of Krakow” was originally played to warn the residents of the city of a surprise attack by the enemy. While the surprise attack was thwarted by the trumpeter, his life was ended in the middle of the song by an archer, thus the abrupt ending of the song mid measure.
Yesterday, one of the students who is a trumpeter, surprised Father at the end of lunch by playing “The Trumpeter” in the lunchroom unannounced. In the video below, which begins just before the music starts, there are several things to note:
- The turn of the head by Father several seconds into the video as he hears the trumpet music.
- He says the words, “The Trumpeter”, which you cannot hear, but you can see him say.
- Known for never rarely breaking a smile, you see him suppress the temptation to smile repeatedly.
- Unable to keep the joy under wraps, we have the best recorded smile in the history of the man.
- The closing photos of Father and The Trumpeter…..you have to love it.
Enjoy the video http://vimeo.com/107731293 .
In His Love,