Category Archives: Christmas

Christmas Lyric Changes

Deacon Greg Kandra, swept up in a re-anchorage at Aleteia, muses on those words they changed. I found the link on PrayTell, where Anthony Ruff reminds us that changing hymn texts is not new at all. The deacon’s concluding argument … Continue reading

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Early Singing About Magi

Devin and Liam’s comments about “WCIT” brought to mind an issue of certain Christmas songs. One concern voiced about singing “Wood of the Cradle” at my parish was a third verse that mentioned the magi. “That’s why we never learned it,” … Continue reading

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“Christmas that lasts forever”

From Karl Rahner’s The Eternal Year: Now God says to us What He has already said to the earth as a whole Through His grace-filled birth: I am there. I am with you. I am your life. I am your … Continue reading

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Two From A Gentle Night

A modern Christmas song here. David Haas covered it a number of years ago, but the original has a more nuanced guitar, plus some understated strings. When I was in my grad school days, my music director pulled out a … Continue reading

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The Wexford Carol

The verse for the 24th: The night before that happy tide The noble Virgin and her guide Were long time seeking up and down To find a lodging in the town But mark right well what came to pass From … Continue reading

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Text-Only

OCP’s Rick Modlin explained the policy on Christmas carols for the resources Breaking Bread and Today’s Missal: Lastly, in response to numerous customer requests, we have restored music notation to several traditional Christmas carols … that were shown as text-only … Continue reading

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Mary/Christmas Mash-Ups

It’s holiday time. Mainstream religious (or spiritual) humanity can’t seem to get away from sweets, be it in the goodies we consume or the music we utilize (listening or singing). The Blessed Mother seems a particular target for treacle in … Continue reading

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