Category Archives: Christmas

Three Kings, One Gift?

One of the more popular Christmas songs gets its due this weekend, if your faith community moves Epiphany to a Sunday. A little wiki background is here. Remember: we all like gold. Some of us are “allergic” to (frank)incense. And … Continue reading

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Riu Riu Chiu

I was looking for a version of “Riu Riu Chiu” to share that I have on vinyl from the early 80’s. Not on YouTube. Maybe someday I’ll record my own version and post it here. The “nonsense” title is thought … Continue reading

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The Non-Festive Lyrics of Christmas

I had a request from one of the group leaders this weekend to omit Edward Sears’s third verse of “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear” which sings: Yet with the woes of sin and strife, The world has suffered long; … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Christmas Liturgy Schedules

By now, the Christmas liturgy schedule at your parish should be set. We all recognize that, over the years, Catholics have drifted to an earlier observance. I noticed in my old Kansas City parish has cranked their Christmas Eve schedule … Continue reading

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Another Father Scrooge

The War on Christmas seems to sprout up every year in a homily at a school Mass somewhere. The Daily Mail reports on one of this year’s priests, Dennis Higgins, has parents in an uproar over consigning Father Christmas (imaged in … Continue reading

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Days To Christmas

My work computer is set to Yahoo as its automatic search page. It gives me a Christmas countdown every time I hop there. 20d 17h 22m 56s when I logged in this morning. So nice that my corporate masters at … Continue reading

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Cold Are The People

Anthony Esolen helps LifeSiteNews break into music reviewing here. He flexes his chops as an English professor, but really: music is more than its text. I won’t say anything about the intentions of the composer and author, or about his … Continue reading

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