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The Calm Before the Storm: Rose Sunday 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Rose garden outside of Jewett Hall, Judson College, Marion, Alabama

Happy Monday Morning, My Lovelies!  I'm hopeful that Florida didn't sustain as much damage from Hurricane Irma as was predicted.  We are bracing for tropical storm force winds and rain here in Central Alabama from 6:00 this morning until 6:00 tomorrow morning.  The schools in our area are closed (including classes at Judson College), and I'm hoping we don't lose power or have any damage. We live on a mountain, so the winds are expected to be higher up here.

Yesterday was the 102nd Annual Rose Sunday at Judson College.  Judson College was founded in 1838 by members of Siloam Baptist Church, and all of her presidents have worshipped there.  The relationship between church and college has remained close throughout the years.

To emphasize this tie between the church and college, Rose Sunday was first observed on September 19, 1915.  Each senior wears a red rose on her cap and gown as a tribute to Judson's founders.  The seniors march between ivy chains made by the Freshmen, and they are followed by the other classes to Siloam Baptist Church to take part in the Rose Sunday Service.  This service of worship is a time of thanksgiving to God for the visions and labors of Judson's founders.

Our daughter pinned a rose on her Big Sister Molly's gown.  Molly sang a solo at the Rose Sunday service; she sings like an angel!

Underclassmen procession to Siloam Baptist Church

Judson College students line up for processional

Judson College President Dr. David Potts preached a lovely sermon on faith.  It was a beautiful service, and the day couldn't have been more pleasant.  Last year it was so hot, but it was unseasonably cool and breezy yesterday.

The reading from the service was Psalm 11 which was an appropriate choice:

Psalm 11
For the director of music. Of David.

1 In the Lord I take refuge.
    How then can you say to me:
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain.
2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;
    they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
    at the upright in heart.
3 When the foundations are being destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
    his eyes examine them.
5 The Lord examines the righteous,
    but the wicked, those who love violence,
    he hates with a passion.
6 On the wicked he will rain
    fiery coals and burning sulfur;
    a scorching wind will be their lot.
7 For the Lord is righteous,
    he loves justice;
    the upright will see his face.

A clip of Judson Singers performing Cantate Domino at 102nd Rose Sunday Service on Sunday, September 10, 2017 
Siloam Baptist Church, Marion, Alabama

It's my prayer that our extended family and friends in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama remain safe today.


Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. What a lovely service and idea. Don't you love those beautiful smiles on those girls. Oops. Young women!

  2. How lovely, I know you are so proud of your girls! Sounds like a perfect day too~

  3. Beautiful post, so proud that we have traditions and we are strong enough to keep them.


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