My Songbird: Saints and Scripture Sunday

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Saints and Scripture Sunday
Psalms 66:1-2
Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise

When I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, I prayed that God gave her plenty of musical talent. He heard me and answered beautifully.

abigail mattingly playing piano

Rachel and I went to hear Abigail sing with the University of Louisville Honor Choir last week, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. As I drove through campus to the School of Music, I got choked up, thinking about her going to to college here.

abigail mattingly playing piano

I’m thankful for her talent, and so very proud of her hard work.

This week marks the feast day of Saint Blaise, who is the patron saint for healthy throats. (among other titles!) According to legend, he healed a boy who had a fishbone stuck in his throat.

blessing of the throat

I’m hoping to find a Blessing of the Throats ceremony in our area on Friday to take Abigail. I’ve never attended something like that before, but it’s perfect for my talented daughter.

Join in the link up below to share your favorite saint, or a beloved Scripture. Be sure and link back here to spread the word, and visit other participants along the way.


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  1. I’ve had my “throat blessed” with the fancy candles a few times. It was never a special ceremony though. One was just after daily mass and the other was a time my mom was sick or something and I remember my dad taking all 4 of us (my mom my dad my sister and me) to the church rectory to do the healing prayer on all of us.

    • Dianna Kennedy says

      I’ve never seen it done — so I may be thinking it’s some giant ceremony, when it’s really not! It just sounded like a great idea for a singer. 🙂

      Thanks for coming by!

  2. Abby looks so beautiful and grown up! I remember Holy Spirit doing it as part of the mass on the weekend nearest St. Blaise’s feast day. I just checked the OLOL bulletin from last night and they don’t have anything scheduled, but I bet you could call Fr. Scott and get something worked out.

    • Dianna Kennedy says

      I know, right? How in the heck is she 17 in a few weeks? Eek!
      Well … I suppose I will be calling Lourdes today. Plus, maybe I can talk to Fr Scott about baptizing the newest mini me. 🙂

  3. I only had the blessing done once. It was during a confirmation class when I was in high school. The priest showed up to the class, blessed all our throats and we went on with class.

  4. I’d never heard of the blessing of throats but the story of the fishbone reminded me that when I was growing up whenever we ate fish my mother would pick through it thoroughly before giving it to me to eat to be sure there were no bones in it. She was always concerned about a fish bone getting stuck in my throat.
    I know you are very proud of your daughters, and rightfully so. I’m glad you chose to share this with us on Spiritual Sundays.

    • Dianna Kennedy says

      Wow! Only thing I remember about bones in fish when we were small were the tiny bones in canned salmon. Those were generally pretty soft.

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  5. I clicked through and read about your daughter. She is beautiful. Thanks for sharing that story with us.

  6. We had family over today and I almost forgot to link up!

    I’ve had my throats blessed a few times, but I don’t know many parishes that have kept that tradition anymore. I’m hoping I can find a parish near me, because I’d love to have my son’s throat blessed, too.

    • Dianna Kennedy says

      So glad to see you drop in today!

      We have a very traditional parish located downtown that still have many of the ‘old’ traditions … Latin Mass, First Friday devotions, etc, that will be having a Blessing on Friday. I’d like to find one a little closer to home, but I love that parish as well too. My daughter thought it was a fun idea!

  7. How proud you must be! She is beautiful and I’m sure she is quite the songbird. I am really enjoying learning about the saints from you. My protestant church does not give me much by way of an education in these matters and I find the information tender and fascinating. Thank you.

    • Dianna Kennedy says

      Thank you, Laura! I’m pretty proud of her!

      We have an endless supply of Saints to turn to — for me, one of the most wonderful things to learn is that a lot of them struggled with the same issues that we do — anger, impatience, etc. In other words, life wasn’t always easy for them, either. It helps so much to have someone in our corner!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. You daughter is beautiful. I know you are proud of her talent. She may even start writing music one day. 🙂 I did after taking lessons for years. Blessings ~

    • It’s funny you should say that — I think she DOES dabble in that a little bit, too.

      I’m thrilled …. since I have NO musical ear, talent, etc. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  9. such a nice post.

  10. nice post.

  11. I hope you can find a service to attend with your daughter. That sounds like a lovely thing to do with your songbird!

  12. Your daughter is beautiful and you should be proud!

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