Daily Archives: 26 December 2010

Some Books

This is not a commercial to buy science fiction books. Just some thoughts. Connie Willis’ publisher came out with part two of her enormous tome Blackout/All Clear a few months ago. This one story about time travellers in 1940 Britain … Continue reading

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What It’s All About

I don’t really follow the NBA, but I like this comment: I think the NBA is so important to Christmas that what we really need to do is increase from five games to 10, and we need to start them … Continue reading

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The Better, The More?

I had a nice chat with a parishioner after 10:30 Mass this morning. Her dad came up from the Des Moines area for Christmas, and the family attended Midnight Mass with Lessons and Carols here. (I wish I could have … Continue reading

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More Annunciations: Dreaming of Exile

Some musicians get pretty literal about the texts of the songs they sing during the Christmas season. In some musical repertoires, no mention of the Magi is permitted until Epiphany. Somebody tell that to the framers of the Lectionary. Today’s Gospel … Continue reading

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OCF 343-346: Part III, Texts of Sacred Scripture

Let’s have a location check. OCF Part I covers the primary rites: prayers at death, vigil and related rites, funeral liturgy, and committal. Part II concludes with OCF 342–the last post in this series that covered rites and adaptations for … Continue reading

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