St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Fruits are being harvested in Sierra Leone; WE ALL (both near and far) GIVE THANKS

Harvest of Fruit, Kabala Sierra Leone May 2010

We plow the fields,
Corn Crop, Pa Foday Farm, Kabala, Sierra Leone

and scatter the good seed on the land,
Pa Foday harvesting rice from the farm, Kabala Village, Sierra Leone

But it is fed and watered
Near Kamasorie Village, Sierra Leone

By God's almighty hand;

rugged hands of the working man, Kabala Sierra Leone

He sends the snow in winter,
Grounds of NHA "Meeting of the Lord" Chapel & Hermitage. Louisville, KY

The warmth to swell the grain,
Agricultural Fair, Kabala Sierra Leone, March 2010

The breezes and the sunshine,
Palm Tree at Bureh Beach, Sierra Leone

And soft refreshing rain.

All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
For all his love

City Center, Kabala, Sierra Leone, October 2009

He only is the Maker
City Center, Outdoor Market, Freetown Sierra Leone

Of all things near and far:
Outdoor Market, City Center, Freetown, Sierra Leone

He paints the wayside flower,
Bleeding Hearts Flowers growing wild on barbed wire enclosure

He lights
Night falling on Kabala, Sierra Leone
the evening star;

North Beach, Pt Reyes, California
The winds and waves obey him,
Bureh Beach, Sierra Leone

By him the birds
San Francisco Bay, California
are fed;
Marsh near Inverness, CA

Much more to us,
Roo at Agricultural Fair, Kabala, Sierra Leone March 2010
his children,
St. Laurence House, Freetown, Sierra Leone

He gives our daily bread.
Congo Cross, Freetown, Sierra Leone

All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
For all his love

We thank thee, then, O Father,
Ann Marie & Kadijah preparing dinner, St. Laurence House, Freetown, Sierra Leone

For all things
Kabala Mangoes, May 2010
bright and good,
Mako displaying Mango Harvest, Kabala, Sierra Leone May 2010

The seedtime and the harvest,
Mangoes are here, Kabala Sierra Leone, May 2010

Our life, our health, our food;
Children Ismaia Road, Kabala, Sierra Leone

No gifts have we to offer
Bureh Beach, Kent Sierra Leone

For all thy love imparts
Distribution of rice, Road to Kabala, Sierra Leone April 2010

But that which thou desirest
Pa Foday, James at Farm in Kabala, Sierra Leone January 2010

Our humble thankful hearts
A man deep in prayer, over looking Freetown Sierra Leone March 2010

All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
For all his love

Nazareth House Apostolate
2216 Goldsmith Lane
Louisville, KY 40218

Think of those in need

Photography by James Bombolia Mansaray, Jerry Mako Mansaray, Vicki Hicks, All rights reserved
Hymn: (1940) Hymnal; for Thanksgiving Day; pg 138 by M. Claudius, 1782, J.A.P. Schulz 1800