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Diane Ravitch shared this on her blog.

I thought it might bring some joy to people here.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

    by teacherken on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 01:37:39 AM PDT

  •  Talk about upstaging the principals! (0+ / 0-)

    Marriage is between a man and a woman. The person officiating is supposed to be merely a witness to the contract.

    But then, churchmen are in the habit of claiming more importance than they have. Jesus Christ was content to see there was enough wine at the feast.

    http://hannah.smith-family.com

    by hannah on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 01:55:08 AM PDT

    •  I don't know the background (2+ / 0-)
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      of this couple's wedding, their family or friends, or the priest. Perhaps you do -- but I'd assume friends/family members organized this on behalf of the couple, who from what I can see are delighted. http://www.dailykos.com/

      As to "Marriage is between a man and a woman": Our society has in large part come to agree that marriage is between two people who love and commit to each other.

      I often read your comments, hannah. But I'm at a loss here to understand your jumping in to make the first comment in teacherken's diary a disparaging one (not, I know, disparaging the diarist, but disparaging the wedding video).

      Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

      by Miniaussiefan on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 04:04:49 AM PDT

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      •  I have no idea why that (0+ / 0-)

        dkos link appeared in my comment; I was too quick  to hit "Post."

        Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

        by Miniaussiefan on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 04:06:14 AM PDT

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    •  what you are not aware of is that this priest (0+ / 0-)

      from ireland does this frequently - he surprises those he marries with something special - and his parish loves him for it.

      it is a shame that you missed the beauty and love emanating from him to them - and that you didn't realize that leonard cohen's song (the original words) are all about the realization of love between a couple.

      this priest made that wonderful song very personal for the bride and groom and the entire gathering of the families and friends.

      i appreciate teacherken sharing the joy within this video - and i am sad that you missed that joy.

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 03:28:23 AM PDT

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      •  oh, and for me, it was especially poignant as i (0+ / 0-)

        chose this song for my mother's memorial just BECAUSE it described the deep love between my mother and father.

        i am very grateful to have seen this at the beginning of a couple's life instead of marking their reuniting after this life.

        EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

        by edrie on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 03:30:09 AM PDT

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  •  Father Kelly does such a great job (5+ / 0-)

    with the melody! What a lovely wedding song he turned it into--and now viral with over 11,000,000 hits. I can listen to this song in any version.

    He does absolutely transform Leonard Cohen's lyrics to do this, though--really transforms them. Somehow the melody is so moving, it can transcend the words.

    For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future. (JFK)

    by begone on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 02:17:41 AM PDT

  •  For those concerned with the liturgy, (4+ / 0-)
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    Fr. Ray does not do this before the mass and exchange of vows. This is the closing song.  He is a talented singer who has been singing on stage and in the church for more than twenty years.

    He does it again just a couple of weeks ago. You Raise Me Up. This song touches me because my Letha loved it. She would have liked this.

    Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

    by Otteray Scribe on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 03:31:25 AM PDT

    •  i just posted how much this meant to me because (0+ / 0-)

      i chose the leonard cohen song for mom's memorial - it so summed up my parents relationship from start to finish - and i love that father ray gave this couple the gift at the beginning of their lives together.

      thanks, otteray scribe, for also adding more information.  i was very disappointed to see any negativity posted about this very beautiful expression of love.

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 03:31:54 AM PDT

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  •  Well played Father Ray, well played indeed! (0+ / 0-)

    I can't force you to do anything, I can just make you regret it!

    by restondem on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 07:59:54 AM PDT

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