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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011


A faithful Geranium Farmer, Harry Taplin of Chelmsford, MA has for years put together an Advent calendar for family and friends and has been kind enough to send me one - in daily installments - for several years now.

This is a photo he took of The Colosseo at Arles, France: a somewhat smaller version of the Colosseum in Rome and one of many Roman edifices still extant throughout France, especially in the southern region.

The Romans would use these arenas for spectacles : chariot races, gladiator fights, competitions, acrobats and circus performers, theatre pieces.

According to Webster's College Dictionary, a spectacle is: 1) anything presented to the sight or view, especially something striking or impressive; 2) a public show or display, especially on a large scale.

We as Christians await the commemoration of one of the most spectacular events in history - the birth of Christ.

It may be a worthwhile Advent meditation to consider and contrast aspects of  these spectacles: a huge stone structure versus a stable; viewed by hundreds versus viewed by a handful.

If you could have been present at each of these venues, which event would have been more spectacular to you? 

Thanks so much, Harry, for sharing your amazing photography!


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