Category Archives: Christmas

War On Christmas: HOA Theater

The annual War on Christmas seems to be especially muted this year. Or that could be because the fam has switched off cable for good with our recent move, and we don’t even have a newsprint subscription any longer. I suppose … Continue reading

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Mary Did You Know You Would Be On A Christmas Stamp?

That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. Almost as heralded as the Hallmark Christmas Movie event is the release of seasonal stamps by the US Postal Service. If they ever get to your little house in the country, that is. … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Major Feast On A Sunday

A handful of major feasts (pardon, solemnities) can bump a green Sunday from the liturgical calendar. Some are non-obligatory when they fall on (most) weekdays. In the US, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin occurs on a Sunday. Next weekend’s … Continue reading

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Words And Females

Now that somebody has started off a new culturewar round with “a-women,” I was reminded of popes accepting gifts from girls on this season. Does that make them fe-magi? Pope Benedict XVI endorsed it too: Images from Catholic New Service … Continue reading

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What Star Is This?

Here’s an excellent reflection on astronomy and what the Star of Bethlehem could have been. Convincing was the notion that it wasn’t really a celestial object as notable as The First Noel describes: They looked up and saw a starShining … Continue reading

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Thomas Merton on Christmas

My pastor quoted one of my favorite monastics in his Christmas homily: The mystery of Christmas therefore lays upon us all a debt and an obligation to the rest of the human race and to the whole created universe. We … Continue reading

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Christ Is Here

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 time. I am the gloom of … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Pandemic Christmas

Many American dioceses have permitted earlier Christmas Eve Masses this year. My parish starts at 2pm, which is the most anticipated liturgy I’ve yet experienced. I was noting this word from an Ohio diocese: (A)ttending any mass between Christmas Eve … Continue reading

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Three Or More?

If you are somewhat deep into social media, you’ve seen the seasonal meme. The myrrh and frankincense kings take the third man aside, complaining. “I thought we agreed on a gift limit!” When I was involved with Advent or Christmas … Continue reading

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Epiphany Proclamation

The proclamation for this coming weekend (or, perhaps Monday) has popped up on a few sites I follow. A chant setting from PrayTell is here. Given the ubiquity of calendars in places from church vestibules to walls to phones, I … Continue reading

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On The Pilgrimage

I don’t usually post selfies, but my fam and some fb parishioners liked this image, so I’ll reproduce it here. These ladies were part of three Masses last night; seven singing gigs between them. The lady on the upper left, … Continue reading

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Nativity

For the great and powerful of this world, there are only two places in which their courage fails them, of which they are afraid deep down in their souls, from which they shy away. These are the manger and the … Continue reading

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Something Other Than Merry

If we must greet people with the word “Christmas,” why are some Christians stuck on the word “merry” as a preface? Let’s try another salvo in the war on the war on Christmas … The usage of the term “merry … Continue reading

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Scramble For Christmas Programming

I don’t usually gossip about current parishes. But it’s going to be an interesting one this year, halfway through construction with lots of distractions on the side. It’s hard to believe that tomorrow night will be the second-last full rehearsal … Continue reading

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War? What War?

A fb friend poked some at former Wisconsin guv Scott Walker on his attempt to resuscitate the War on Christmas. Commercial radio has begun to broadcast seasonal fare in my area. I heard bits to most of five songs in … Continue reading

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