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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 1,2014 Saint Olaf Haraldsson of Norway by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Martyr and King of Norway, Olaf Haraldsson was the son of King Harald Grenske. In his youth, he lived the life of a Norse raider (Viking) until he was baptized at Rouen in the year 1010. In the year 1013, he journeyed to England and offered his services to King Ethelred against the invading Danes. Returning home in 1015 after succeeding to the throne, he embarked upon a war to free Norway from the domina- tion of the Danes and the Swedes, defeating Earl Sweyn at Nesje in 1016. He also immediately requested .that missionaries be sent from England to advance the Christianization of Norway. Owing to the strict nature of his rule, he faced a rebellion of nobles in 1029. Through the aid of the formidable King Canute of Denmark, the rebels over- threw him and drove him into exile in Russia. Olaf returned in 1031 but was slain in battle at Stiklestad, Norway on July 29, 1031. He ruled Norway for thirteen years. (1015-1028). Most memorable among his accomplishments as King was the development of what came to be known as St. Olafs Law. Ahead of its time, Olafs Law prescribed prayer to Christ for ' peace, 'f required newborn babies to be allowed to live and not abandoned in fields or forests, slaves were to be ransomed each year, polygamy was forbidden, and i severe penalties were exacted for rape and kidnapping. Olaf him- self traveled the length of Norway promoting his new Chris- tian Law, and he insisted that it be applied equally upon both rich and poor. This new concept, equality before the Law, and the Christian ideas which surrounded it, were too much for some of the clan leaders, they betrayed Olaf and supported Canute of Denmark in his successful attempt to unseat him. In his two years of exile in Russia, he prayed and fasted. Then one night in a dream, he heard God calling him to return to Norway, to reconquer it for Christ. And so with a small band of warriors, Olaf re-entered his homeland, but outnumbered two to one, met his death on July 29, 1031. Immediately, he was revered as a martyr and his tomb became a holy shrine. Within a year, the faith which he had labored so hard during his lifetime to instill, with little effect, began to flourish and grow after his death. Norway became Christian. He was posthumously given the title Rex Perpetuus Norvegiae (Norway's Eternal King). The belief in his sanc- tity spread widely in Norway especially in Nidaros (Trondheim) by Bishop Grimkell, one year after his death his remains were enshrined. Olaf was made a saint of the Church in 1164 by Pope Alexander III, his feast is celebrated on July 29 th. He is the patron saint of Norway. 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She will be joined on stage by Gail Bennett as Mary Poppins original Broadway cast member Tony Mansker, playing Bert. Flying by Foy, theatrical flying experts will be helping to create much of the special effects for this run. It will be tough to top "Billy Elliot", but the folks at the Playhouse are certainly capable of doing that. If you want to see Broadway quality theatre without the ex- pense of traveling to the big city, hop in your car and take the short trip north for this show. Parking is free and the town is beautiful. Ogunquitplayhouse. org Opera North Opens with "My Fair Lady," "Street Scene," and "La Traviata" Branch Fields, will be return- ing to the New England stage at Opera North in Lebanon, NH beginning August 2 "d playing Alfred Doolitfle in "My Fair Lady." Two years ago Branch was unforgettable when he starred in the Ogunquit Playhouse pro- duction of "South Pacific." He played Emile de Becque, a role he was born for. Emily Brockway will be Eliza Doolittle opposite Mark Womack in Ihe role i of Henry Higgins. i During the same period, Branch will be the lead in the Branch Fields i x Brammer as Rose Maurrant. The play, set in mid-1930s New York, takes place in a very hot twenty-four hour period. It is intense and emotional. Please note, this play contains gun- shots and is not recommended for children under the age of 10. Rounding out the season is Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" starring Yeshishei Manucharyan, Angela Mortellero, and Anton Belov. Opera North is located at the Lebanon Opera House in Leba- non, NH very near to Hanover, rarely seen "Street Scene" with music by NH. There are many beautiful sights and Kurt Weill, lyrics by Langston Hughes, and! restaurants to visit before and after a show. book by Elmer Rice. What a combo that is. The Opera North season goes on only in Branch will play Frank Maurrant with Audra August. For more information go to Casebier as Anna Maurrant and Hanna Cady Huffman in "Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter" Okay, that is a strange title for a play, and I have been trying to find out just what it is about. I have listened to the music which is very good, but the more I read about the play the more con- fused I became. I Cady Huffman asked Cady to explain it to me, so I will let her describe it: "It's not an easy show to define. It's based on an Icelandic pop album about the Ice- landic financial crisis. There's a central love triangle and towns- folk and it all takes place in the elbow a man." 1 of For some rea- son, that ac- tually makes Revolution sense to me, though I still don't quite know what will be seen on stage. It certainly is intriguing though, and I would recommend taking it in if you are in the NYC area. Opens July 31 st at the Minetta Lane Theatre, NY. For more info go to Kuhner Country Turns Out Big (Continued from Page 1) his plan look mean-spirited and uncaring toward the plight of the poor from Central America. Here's a great quote trying to rev up liberal guilt, "In 1939, we turned our backs on Jew- ish children fleeing the Nazis and it remains a blight on our national; repu- tation. The point is that this good nation is great when we open our doors and our hearts to needy children and diminished when we don't." When he is trying to send us on a guilt trip of late, he has been surrounding him- self with members of the clergy, quoting the Bible and comparing the children in question as Baby Jesus. Please, this is over the top stupid stuff, isn't it? By the way, whatever happened to that dreaded firewall between church and state that liberals throw at con- servatives over a number of social conservative issues? I have listened to our gov- ernor and respectfully dis- agree. I remember what President Reagan said long ago, "A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation." Kudos to Jeff Kuhner from WRKO 680AM who organized last week's rally in Boston. Congrats to all the speakers and the thou- sands who showed up to sup- port this "Stop the Invasion' rally. Like many others, I agree that the kids flooding across our border are being used by pro-illegal immigrant advo- cacy groups and liberal poli- ticians as a wedge for full Amnesty for all illegals, those already here and those breaking and entering into America. We are a nation of laws and there are too many liberals out there who seemingly have no respect for the law. With them, it is mob rule. Our constitutional-based democratic republic is being assaulted and it was good to see so many make the effort to get into Boston to join up with Jeff Kuhner in support of America. Here government is our business because here We the people are its sovereign. We fought the American Revolution right here in Bos- ton to throw off government leaders too distant from us. The peasants are restless again. God bless the USA!