St. Anne’s Feast

St Anne and Mary

Photograph taken in the iconic church of St. Anne, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

26 July is the Feast Day of St. Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In Malaysia, the St. Anne’s Feast of Bukit Mertajam happens to be one of the 20 biggest Catholic pilgrimages in the world, and is celebrated at St. Anne’s Church, Bukit Mertajam on the mainland of Penang.

It regularly attracts an estimate of about 100,000 pilgrims from Malaysia as well as neighbouring countries, who gather to pray or thank her for prayers answered and petitions granted through her powerful intercession.

Spread over a period of ten days which includes the actual feast day on 26 July, celebrations include a candlelight procession, a nine-day novena and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

A prayer to St. Anne:

Dear Saint Anne, 

I praise god and honor you for having been given the grace to be the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandmother of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Many who have implored your help have felt the happy effects of your goodness and powerful intercession. Encouraged by this thought, I humbly implore you, O good Saint Anne to hear my request:

(here mention your petition)

O loving Saint Anne, whose heart is ever full of human sympathy for those in trouble, pain or anxiety, have pity on me and grant me your favour as you have done for others in so many wonderful cases for the greater glory of God. Help me to know, love and follow Jesus by being a concerned citizen and an active member of His Church and to reach Heaven, there to praise God with you forever and ever.

Amen.

An Officer & A Gentleman — Expressions by VAL

My darling daddy returned to the Lord on 19 April 2016 at the age of 93. It will be two months since that fateful day, on 19 June 2016 – which coincidentally happens to be Father’s Day. Every year, I used to create a card for him – one that he would print out and […]

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Upcycling Project: A Jade Necklace And Bracelet

I enjoy working on at least one creative project daily or every other day. As I always say, there is never a dull moment!

The creative process is all-consuming and keeps me busy, focused and at the end of it all, the lovely results keep me on a natural high!

One of my many creative, hands-on activities is to string together my own jewellery pieces. I have been doing it for years, and I even teach others to do the same, if anyone is interested to learn.

Suzanne at work on necklaceRecently a head-rest made out of jade had come undone, scattering all these cool-to-the-touch rectangle pieces all over the place. My first thought was to piece them back together, but then when I ‘saw’ the prettier alternative in my mind’s eye, I got to work immediately.

With the inspiration edging me on, I completed the upcycling project all in one afternoon and voila! I had fashioned a new necklace and bracelet set with the jade rectangular pieces. As the jade pieces were too heavy for the ears, this set, when worn, would have to be complemented with other jade earrings.

Suzanne with necklace and bracelet set

Every morning before leaving my room, I am always completely dressed – and that means with a full set of jewellery too….many of which are of my own handiwork of course.

Amen.

Suzanne

Palm-combing Activates Blood Circulation

Palm-combing Suzanne at 91

For years, I have been reading about the activation of blood circulation using various methods.

In traditional Chinese combing or brushing therapy, the focus is on the head (which I have discussed in the post :100 Brush Strokes A Day (please click here to read it).

Some books advise the pressing of the teeth of a comb on the fingertips, thumb and across the reflexes on the palm, while others have advised the combing of the palm and the back of the palm.

Personally, I find that using the comb to lightly comb the palm from the wrist out towards the fingertips and the same on the back of the palm, is an easy and effective way to awaken the reflex points across the palm surface and the back of the palm surface.

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Suzanne combing her palm - for blog

Suzanne combing the back of palm - for blog

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I hope you too will find this simple method easy and effective in helping with blood circulation.

Amen.

In The Mood For Love

In view of Valentine’s Day and its focus on love, the well-known blogger Lily Fu of http://www.seniorsaloud.com, has written a post entitled “To Have And To Hold, To Love And To Cherish Forever”.

Please read it for yourself by clicking on the following….Seniorsaloud.com – To Have and To Hold – 14 Feb 2015

Over the years, Lily has made reference to us (Suzanne and I) in a few relevant posts, including the one on the above-mentioned topic. The image below appears in her latest post on love.

Suzanne 90+ and Tony 92.

Suzanne 90+ and Tony 92.

We are truly honoured to be mentioned in her well-written articles. Thank you dear Lily.

Since we are still on the subject of ‘love’, let us wish everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day, everyday of the year…..

God bless,

Suzanne and Tony