TORONTO  COMMUNITY  OBSERVES  INTERNATIONAL  WOMEN'S  WEEK

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 5, 2006 (Sunday) (PHNO NEWS SPECIAL) by Lee Quesada - Sunday masses at Our Lady of Lourdes Church (the QUIAPO church of Toronto) opened the celebrations of International Women's Week. Women of different nationalities came to mass in their native dresses. The barongs and the saya were most visible. This  year's  theme  is  "Standing in Solidarity with the Victims of Human Trafficking".

The opening prayer for an end to human trafficking: "O, God, our words cannot express what our minds can barely comprehend and our hearts feel when we hear of women and girls deceived and transported to unknown places for purposes of sexual exploitation and abuse, because of human greed and profit at this time in our world. Our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry, that their dignity and rights are being transgressed through threats, deception and force. We cry out against the degrading practice of trafficking and pray for it to end. Strengthen the fragile-spirited and broken-hearted. Make real your promises to fill these, our sisters with a love that is tender and good and send the exploiters away empty-handed. Give us the wisdom and courage to stand in solidarity with them, that together we will find ways to the freedom that is your gift to all of us. Amen".

 A song written by a victim's brother, a young Toronto songwriter, was sung at the morning mass by the Our Lady of Lourdes Charismatic choir. The songwriter, himself sang it at the 10 A.M. Youth Mass. The song is called ROSE OF JERICHO (A Rose of Jericco is a 'club moss (Selaginella lepidophylla), native to Mexico and Texas, which has a rosette of flattened branches and is capable of growing if it has not been dry too long'. Some say they are found in the desert, dried dead pieces of plant but if you gather them and soak them in WATER they instantly bloom again to life. It is also called the 'Resurrection Plant'.

Here is the song by Liam Titcomb:

It's been a long walk down the cold dark street
She doesn't remember the faces of the men she meets
She stops by the dumpster, looking for something to eat
Stops by the laundromat looking for a bit of heat.

OH! ROSE OF JERICHO, HOW MANY TIMES MUST YOU BE BOUGHT AND SOLD
OH! ROSE OF JERICHO, MAYBE IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO COME ON HOME, COME ON HOME!

I know she swears he had the bluest eyes
Before he took her in the middle of the night
She's just an angel caught in the undertow
She ended up on the dark side of the road;

OH! ROSE OF JERICHO.....

Only sixteen she's still a girl
She's living on her own in this stone cold world
She's the only thing for sale in the street tonight
You can say what you want, but it's just not right
Well, you know it's just not right!

She's gone as far as she can go
She couldn't help it, she just didn't know
She's someone's baby, she's someone's daughter
Some mother's heart still waits with the WATER.

OH! ROSE OF JERICHO, HOW MANY TIMES MUST YOU BE BOUGHT AND SOLD
OH! ROSE OF JERICHO, MAYBE IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO COME ON HOME!
OH! ROSE OF JERICHO, HOW MANY TIMES MUST YOU BE BOUGHT AND SOLD
OH! ROSE OF JERICHO, MAYBE IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO COME ON HOME! COME ON HOME, COME ON HOME......

Link: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/iwd/index_e.html

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Rose of Jericho, by LIAM TITCOMB (Copyright LIAM 2006)
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