Blessed Times Seven (left)
3rd Quarterly Sale Chats: Noon Template Challenge
For those of you just tuning in, I went on a mad scrapping orgy last weekend: I spent all day Saturday at the 3rd Quarterly Sale Chat Fest and on Sunday I managed to complete 10 pages; I've been posting those pages every day or so since. Nearing the end of the deluge, Gang, so thanks for putting up with this!
This is a two pager, using Pattie's oh-so-cool freebie template from her Saturday chat, of a wedding that Peter and I attended ~2 (Ugh! Nearly 3!!) years ago. I've been using the photos from that wedding as my go-to photos for most of the sales chats and for the 30MM challenges this year. (Cassie, I can't wait 'til you're done with the anniversary album you're working on, as well as the million other projects you have going, so we can do some more of those challenges--I'm nearly finished with that album! ) I was also experimenting with patterned paper using ideas from Patricia's (iUma) chat. Since their wedding colors were purple and green, I went a bit crazy with the color scheme here!
The journaling below tells the story, but I did want to add one more thing. When I was making this two-pager, I realized that I'd never asked Peter to save the note card on which he'd written the blessing he gave at the wedding! Argh! I should have my Official Memory Keeper decoder ring revoked! On the off chance that he might still have the note card in his suit pocket, I went rummaging through his clothes. I didn't find the note card in his pocket <heavy sigh> BUT I did find $20.00! Not the same thing, of course, but it did help ease the pain somewhat.
On the right page, the journaling is a list of an English translation of the Seven Blessings.
On this page, the journaling reads:
"The Seven Blessings (in Hebrew they are called Sheva Berachot) are recited at traditional Jewish weddings following vows and the exchange of rings. The Seven Blessings are said to be the real heart of the Jewish wedding ceremony. Beginning with a blessing over wine, themes of joy and celebration and the ongoing power of God and love are expressed, culminating in a joyous communal celebration for the bride and groom. David and Jessica’s wedding was a mix of modern and traditional; for the Seven Blessings they asked five of their family members and friends to interpret blessings 2-6 and recite their interpretations to the wedding guests. Peter was asked to interpret the fourth blessing. After reading the translation of this blessing, it seemed like a daunting task, but the “modern hippie” rabbi (David’s description!) presiding over the ceremony gave the participants some suggestions and interpretations. He suggested Peter think of the fourth blessing as a blessing or appreciation for consciousness. Hmm, I’m not sure that helped! Peter did a bit of research, though, and when it was his turn to stand in front of the congregation and give his blessing, he did great. Silly me--I forgot to have him save the card on which he wrote his remarks! When it came time for the seventh and final blessing, the rabbi stood in front of the wedding guests with a wine glass partially full of red wine. He asked that the guests call out their hopes and wishes and blessings for the new couple. As the guests did so, the rabbi pantomimed capturing the wishes and putting them into the wine glass. When the last of the blessings had been captured, the rabbi presented the glass of blessings first to Jessica and then to David, who each drank of the hopes and wishes, the love and the blessings for their new life together from their family and friends."
Credits (for both pages) are shown on the right page.
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| Date: Mon September 20, 2010
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