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I just wanted to thank you for your explanation of the meter system for singing the psalms. I had just purchased a psaltery for using modes but I couldn't quite get my head around that. I came across the Scottish psaltery online and that made good sense to me but still nothing really explained the meter system satisfactorily.

Your explanation gave me a grasp of what is really going on. It also made me realize that I have a major treasure in my old 1940 Episcopal Hymnal that gives the meter for every song. I always wondered what those notations were for and now I not only know but I can now put them to good use.

Thank you so much for opening up a whole new world for me.

Admin reply: Wow, you made my day! I'm glad I created that article. Thanks!

Added: June 10, 2015
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こんにちはラスさん! :)

I visit the Catholic Answers forums, and somehow managed to run into your profile there, and within your signature there, I saw a link to your conversion to the Catholic Church! I read a lot of what you wrote there, and just wanted to say "thanks" for posting it, as I'm sure it'll be a great help to others. Also, thanks so much for all you do in your evangelization efforts! I'm sure the Lord is very pleased by them.

Do you have any of your puppet shows on Youtube or any other place? I'd love to watch one of them if you do!

Anyway, take care and God bless, and I hope you are having a blessed and joyful Easter season!

Admin reply: Thanks for your message! Very few videos were taken during our puppet ministry unfortunately, and none were digital, so I never thought abot Youtube until you mentioned it!

Added: April 18, 2015
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Hello, Russ! I enjoy all of your detailed and informative pages about sketchbooks, supplies, scenes in Tokyo, etc. Thank you so much for sharing.

Do you ever teach a class or workshop on sketching and/or watercolor painting, in Tokyo?

Thank you in advance,

Admin reply: Thanks! I have never given any thought to teaching sketching or watercolor, but that shouldn't come as a surprise since you are the first one to even suggest it! Not much of a demand in these parts...

Added: March 31, 2015
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I love the sketches and I would have believed that a bird was sitting in the middle of the rock garden,as I find birds the perfect portal to the Divine!

Admin reply: Ah, you must be referring to the sketch on this page:


T hanks for the kind words!

Added: March 24, 2015
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Hi Russ, thanks for telling about the prayer book. I have been feeling the need for some structure and direction and I believe the little book of morning and evening prayer will help. My friend became catholic and seems well satisfied, I am still a seeker and just want to be able to experience God as brother Lawrence did, practicing His presence....
blessings to you and your family

Admin reply: Thanks for your message. I'm sure you will love using a prayer book. And I will pray for your journey!

Added: March 7, 2015
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Great! If you send a postal address to my e-mail, I will send a copy to you.

I read your fascinating material on the Kirishitans of Japan. Very inspiring. Do you know the Nikolai-do, the Japanese Orthodox cathedral in Tokyo? It was built by St. Nicholas (Kassatkin), a Russian Orthodox missionary to Japan, who later became the first Orthodox Archbishop of Tokyo. He helped to convert about 30,000 Japanese to Christianity through his amazing missionary structure, based on training catechists to train other new catechists. He spent his first ten years just studying the language, but he learned Japanese so well, that he translated all the voluminous Orthodox liturgical service books into Japanese, which are still in use, as I understand. Sadly, his work seems to have languished after his death, and the isolation of the Japanese Church in the wake of the Bolshevik revolution. I don't believe there are many more Japanese Orthodox today, than there were at the time of his death, in 1912.

Admin reply: I'll send you my address in a few minutes.

I've been to Nikolai several times back when I was exploring the possibility of joining the Orthodox or Catholic Church. Amazingly beautiful Church -- and the music was amazing! I didn't understand a word, though. It must have been Slavonic or very old Japanese.

Added: March 6, 2015
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I just stumbled upon your two-part article on Psalters. I have spent a lot of time over the years looking at Psalter material on the web, and don't know how I managed to miss yours before now. I don't believe I have ever before encountered such a wealth of good Psalter information in one place. Thank you!

I wonder if you would consider reviewing "A Psalter for Prayer" for your section on Orthodox Psalters? It is available at Amazon.com, and I would be happy to send you a review copy.

In any case, you have inspired me to dust off my copy of St. Dunstan's Plainsong Psalter and finally learn to chant the Psalms, as St. Athanasius says one really should. You might consider pointing your readers to his excellent "Letter to Marcellinus".

Best regards,
David James

Admin reply: Thanks for your message. Sure, I'd love to see and write a review for that Psalter! This year I'm using the local Japanese Psalter in my regular prayer time, and it's a real challenge!

Added: March 6, 2015
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I was wondering if you can possibly help me out. I have a 1974 MYU and the cap of the pen unfortunately has acquired some dog teeth marks (it's a long story) from being chewed on. The pen is fully functional otherwise and is still a great writer.

Can you give me any advice on possibly finding a replacement cap only? The complete * * * are currently way out of my price range and I'd like to keep it as a daily writer.

Admin reply: Sorry to hear about your problem. I wish I knew of a source of MYU caps but there doesn't seem to be one!

Added: February 18, 2015
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Admin reply: As I recall, it was an old book, but I can't remember which one!

Added: February 10, 2015
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Do you have a list of the longer scripture readings for the morning and evening prayers as they appear in the one-volume edition of Christian Prayer?

Admin reply: I'm afraid all that I have is already on the web page.

Actually, I don't even own the American one volume breviary! I have an African version plus the one I'm currently using which is the Japanese! (Morning prayer can take up to two hours if there are a lot of unfamiliar words...)

Added: January 18, 2015
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