Friday, September 17, 2004

The Meaning of the Card s

Dear Mouse,

My mom was a fan of Johnny (Lundagin mo Baby) De Leon . I have never asked my mom why the monicker, "Lundagin mo. "To her, he was the Noli Boy De Castro of today; associated with the masa, loved and idolized by the masa. From the biography of Vice-President de Castro, I read that he was a protegee of the late broadcaster.

What made my mom listened to Johnny de Leon was not the news before supper but it was the angelus. Sometimes she was so busy to prepare dinner that she forgot the time. It was her habit to stop and pause for prayer at six o' clock.

She had mentioned to me about the Cards Spiritualized recited during Angelus. She requested me to look for a copy. I did not know what to look for. But the search continued even when she was gone. Last month, I was lucky, I found it. But then I need playing cards to go with the blog.

This is it:

Richard Middleton, was a soldier who was brought to the mayor for playing cards during church service. Before the Mayor and the magistrates, Richard drew out his pack of cards and said:

"'When I see an Ace, may it please your honour, it reminds me that there is only one God;

and when I look upon a Two, it puts me in mind of the Father and Son;

and when I look upon a Three, it puts me in mind of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost;

A Four calls for remembrance the Four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

A Five, the five wise Virgins who were ordered to trim their lamps; there were ten, indeed, but five, your worship may remember, were wise, and five were foolish.

A Six, that in six days God created heaven and earth.

A Seven, that on the seventh day he rested from all that he had made.

An Eight, of the eight righteous persons preserved from the deluge; viz., Noah, and his wife, with his three sons and their wives

A Nine, of the Nine lepers cleansed by our Saviour; there were ten, but only one returned to offer his tribute of thanks

And a Ten, of the ten commandments that God gave Moses, on Mount Sinai, on the two tablets of stone.'

When I see the Queen, it puts me in mind of the Queen of Sheba, who came from the furthermost parts of the world to hear the wisdom of Solomon, for she was as wise a woman as he a man, for she brought fifty boys and fifty girls, all clothed in girls' apparel to show before King Solomon, for him to test which were boys and which were girls,--but he could not until he called for water to wash themselves; the girls washed up to their elbows, and the boys only up to the wrists of their hands, so King Solomon told by that.

And when I see the King, it puts me in mind of the great King of Heaven and Earth, which is God Almighty."

The soldier then continued as follows;

"When I count the number of dots in a pack of cards, there are 365, --so many days as there are in a year.

When I count how many cards are in a pack, I find there are 52, --so many weeks are there in a year.

When I reckon how many tricks are won by a pack, I find there are 13, --so many months are there in a year.

So that this pack of cards is both Bible, Almanack, and Prayer Book to me."

The Ca t sez, "What happened to the Jacks?"

The Ca t


At 3:54 PM, Blogger ting-aling said...

Ca T, siya ba yung tinatawag na Johnny Midnight noong araw? May kakalase akong tinawag na Johnny Midnight dahil sa dilim..pero di ko alam kung bakit.

Ano nga nangyari sa Jack? hulaan mo nga sa cards na hawak mo, please? o kay Madamme Auring kaya?

At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buhay pa yata si Johnny Midnight Ting. Si Jonhny ay patay na yatang matagal. Si Noli na ang naririnig kong nagbabaalita. Narinig ko sa aking matandang tiyahin na mahilig kay Johnny Midnight yong tungkol sa toning.

At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May ibang meaning of playing cards ko. Sa choice cat blog ko ilalagay. Abangan...

At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Jack or Knave is the Devil.


At 6:27 PM, Blogger TECHGUY (hinde guapo pero medyo bastos) said...


naabutan ko yan (nahalata tuloy na mature na ako) si Johhny de leon ..hehehe...siya ang boss announcer dati ni VP Noliboy

At 10:18 PM, Blogger cathcath said...


So narinig mo na itong Angelus na ito?

Polo, pwede.

At 12:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Johnny Midnight and Johnny De Leon are two different personality.

Austin, Texas

At 12:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Si Johnny Midnight ay Spin Doctor na nangagamot ng lahat klase ng sakit, in short medyo class na Albularyo. Si Johnny De Leon naman ay Magic Man na nagdarasal tuwing alas 6:00 ng hapon, in short din class na mangkukulam..


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