Category Archives: Christmas


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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