Altar of Oslo Domkirke (Oslo Lutheran Cathedral) This is a response to the posts of Allison and diddleymaz asking for prayers for all who died in the attacks in Norway. The vast majority were young. Above is the altar of Oslo Domkirke where a special service was held this morning. Here is a video of Grex Vocalis , a Norwegian choir under the direction of Carl Høgset, singing When David Heard that Absalom was Slain , music by Thomas Weelkes (1573-1623). When David heard that Absalom was slain he went up into his chamber over the gate and wept, and thus he said; My son, my son, O Absalom my son, would God I had died for thee! Based on 2 Samuel 18:33, Authorized Version (King James Bible): And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!
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(photo by Jan Johannessen, AFP/Getty Images / July 23, 2011 ) Vi sørger med deg, Norge. (We grieve with thee, Norway.) Kan dine barn hvile i fred. ( May thy children rest in peace.)B By Allison Salerno If our family's experience over the last 10 years is any guide, I urge you to pray for Norway, the land of the midnight sun. They are suffering from the worst violence in their land since World War II. Stop pontificating. Pray for the souls of the departed, pray for their families, pray for those who survived these attacks too. Believe me, their lives will forever be altered by this violence. I'm the wife of a man who narrowly escaped Tower One of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2011. He and his colleagues climbed down the stairs from the 68th floor within 11 minutes of the tower falling. We did not fi