Our 2012 Chaucer Celebration   

Congregation at Chaucer Mass

We gather each year at the request of Geoffrey Chaucer. At the very end of his last work--the Canterbury Tales--he asks for prayer. These are Chaucer’s words--
Now preye I to hem alle that herkne this litel tretys or rede, . . . I beseke yow mekely, for the mercy of God, that ye preye for me that Crist have mercy on me and foryeve me my giltes . . . so that I may been oon of hem at the day of doome that shulle be saved.

The readings, this year, were done in Middle English.
1s t Reading from 1 Jermiah 31:7-9
First reading from 1 Jeremiah 31:7-9

 For the Lord seith these thingis, Jacob, make ye ful out ioye in gladnesse, and neye ye ayens the heed of hethene men; sowne ye, synge ye, and seie ye, Lord, saue thi puple, the residues of Israel.

Lo! Y schal brynge hem fro the loond of the north, and Y schal gadere hem fro the fertheste partis of erthe; among whiche schulen be a blynd man, and crokid, and a womman with childe, and trauelynge of child togidere, a greet cumpeny of hem that schulen turne ayen hidur.

Thei schulen come in wepyng, and Y schal brynge hem ayen in merci; and Y schal brynge hem bi the strondis of watris in a riytful weie, thei schulen not spurne therynne; for Y am maad a fadir to Israel, and Effraym is my gendrid sone.
Second Reading from 2 Hebrews 5:1-6
The second reading comes from 2 Hebrews 5:1-6

For ech bischop takun of men, is ordeyned for men in these thingis that ben to God, that he offre yiftis and sacrifices for synnes.

Which may togidere sorewe with hem, that beth vnkunnynge and erren; for also he is enuyrounned with infirmytee.

And therfor he owith, as for the puple, so also for hym silf, to offre for synnes.

Nethir ony man taketh to hym onour, but he that is clepid of God, as Aaron was.

So Crist clarifiede not hym silf, that he were bischop, but he that spak to hym, Thou art my sone, to dai Y gendride thee.

As in anothere place he seith, Thou art a prest with outen ende, aftir the ordre of Melchisedech.
Fr. George O’Brien proclaimed the Gospel. Mark 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,  sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,   he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, son of David, have pity on me." And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me." Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you." He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see." Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you." Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.

Fr George O'Brien proclaims the Gospel
Chior
Many said this year’s music was the best ever.  Compliments to all the dedicated singers and instrumentalists.

Set Up TEam
Sandra and her helpers set out all the refreshments before the guests came in procession from the church to the hall.
Our musicians led the crowd to the hall. And Granddaughter Rachel’s children were poised and ready to hand out programs of the evening’s activities Muscians lead crowd into the hall
Glasses raised for annual toast
When all the guests had their libation in hand Grandson Matt delivered the annual toast to Chaucer.
vidographer Videoographer videographer
And Mr Arnold, the videographer, seems to be here there and
everywhere.
               
We Prepare for our party piece — The Story of Chaunticleer
Our Cast
Allison w/painting of Chaucer
Alison, our eloquent narrator
Ray and Karen
Ray and  Karen, our leading man and lady, Chaunticleer and Pertelote

the pilgrims of the exemplum
The pilgrims of the exemplum.
Suzanne as Fox.
Suzanne (dual role) also our treacherous fox.
Applying Beards
Beards "professionally" secured by Scotch tape.

Our Performance

Pilgrims' Cameo w/chaunticleer & Pertelope The pilgrims make a cameo appearance.
Chaunticleer gestures approvingly toward his lovely Pertelote.
Chaunticleer gestures approvingly toward his lovely Pertelote.

Chaunticleer outsmartes fox
The sly fox is about to be outsmarted by Chaunticleer.


The videographer is pleased. There is a plan afoot that our event will make it to the TV screen!
We’ll keep you posted.
Author signs books
Signing a few books is always a pleasure.
             
At the end of the evening, when folks are ready to pack up and head for home, the children (these are from the new generation in our family) are still full of energy.

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It's been 10 years plus that we’ve had special Chaucer celebrations.  The first was in the year 2000, the 600th anniversary of the poet’s death.  In 2005 we finally took pictures! Earlier celebrations can be seen by clicking on the year: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 20092010 and 2011.