Category Archives: Christmas

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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Heartthrob

Heartthrob: pop culture of the past two centuries have given us plenty. It’s a term attributed to a celebrity, and usually a male. If I were to claim such a one from my younger days, it might be this celebrity. … Continue reading

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Giotto’s Comet

Seasonally appropriate, perhaps you know Giotto’s Adoration of the Magi. The star of wonder looks like a comet to me. Europe’s 1980’s probe to Halley’s comet was named for him, because of this painting. Giotto was thought to have been … Continue reading

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Source and Ending, Here Among Us

Of the Father’s love begotten, Ere the worlds began to be, He is Alpha and Omega, He the source, the ending He, Of the things that are, that have been, And that future years shall see, Evermore and evermore!

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Setting The Seasons Straight

I found a comment linking to an old blog post that sort of plants a flag on one of the hills in the #waronchristmas: In general terms, I recommend that “happy holidays” be used in general before Thankgiving, after which we … Continue reading

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Scenes From Christmas Eve

So, there’s this warm-up in the rehearsal room before the first Mass yesterday. I want to see if my smallish choir can pull off an a cappella piece. We’re doing it for the Christmas Eve prelude, but it’s really suitable … Continue reading

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Blessed Christmas To All

Enable us, Lord, to celebrate this luminous feast in peace, forsaking all idle words, acting virtuously, shunning our sins, as you raise us above the darkness of this world.   May we celebrate your birth, and the Father who sent … Continue reading

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On Christmas Eve

I’ve remarked on social media my bemusement on the “obligation” that lies heavily on Catholics to come to two Masses this weekend. It’s not so much that my routine is five, and Christmas adds but three more and gives me … Continue reading

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December Colors

One of the seasonal tussles of which we see less in some circles thanks to the war on the war on Christmas is over the proper colors for decorations. As most every Catholic knows, before December 24th evening the right … Continue reading

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