TODAY is Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement

[Yom Kippur is a very important day for our Jewish brothers and sisters. For some basic information about this Feast please read this article from a Jewish Website.  Repentance is a spiritual practice In most, if not all, major religions.  Today’s offerings includes a quotation I believe to be from a famous Jewish book from the Middle Ages called The Gate of Repentance.  The second is a chanted song from the Greek Orthodox Church.  Take time today to reflect on the need we all have to repent of our sinfulness.]

Now is the time for turning.
The leaves are beginning to turn from green to red to orange.
The birds are beginning to turn and are heading once more toward the south.
The animals are beginning to turn to storing their food for the winter.
For leaves, birds and animals, turning comes instinctively.
But for us, turning does not come so easily.
It takes an act of will for us to make a turn.
It means breaking old habits.
It means admitting that we have been wrong,
and this is never easy. It means losing face.
It means starting all over again. And this is always painful.
It means saying I am sorry.
It means recognizing that we have the ability to change.
These things are terribly hard to do.
But unless we turn, we will be trapped forever in yesterday’s ways.


[In my search for the source of the quotation I came across a Orthodox Chant Recording by the name — Gates of Repentence. It is beautiful to listen to as you pray or meditate.]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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3 Responses to TODAY is Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement

  1. Claire T. Lampert says:

    Beautiful chant…it felt like a prayer.

  2. Kathy says:

    Lovely – it truly is a beautiful meditation. Thank you Fr. Paul for the timely chant.

  3. Matt Smith says:

    That’s because it is a prayer 🙂

    This is prayed after the reading of the fifth gospel on Holy Thursday (Matthew 27:3-32), while the crucifix is processed around the nave, lit only by candlelight. The faithful kneel (rarely done in the East) as the crucifix passes them., then they move forward after it makes it back to the front of the nave, prostrate themselves three times (if health permits), and kiss it.

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