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Midnight Mass

Here’s my chapel and Crib at this most magical feast of the liturgical calendar. CHRISTE, Redemptor omnium, ex Patre, Patris unice, solus ante principium natus ineffabiliter,1 JESU, the Father’s only Son, whose death for all redemption won, before the worlds, … Continue reading

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Saint Claus

This says it all. It’s his feast today. The name Claus comes from the German Klaus, meaning Nicholas.

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Sol Invictus and the Rite of Spring

We Christians usually come out with the same gripe each year when supermarkets start selling Christmas goods in October and Easter eggs and chocolate for children are on the shelves before the Epiphany Octave is over! Perhaps there is something … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas!

I’m sending out this somewhat secular e-Christmas card to all my readers, but depictions of the Nativity of Christ can be found in my greeting postings of previous years. So I have found this nice painting of Saint (Nic)Claus transposed … Continue reading

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O Sapientia

It all starts today in the Use of Sarum, because we have an extra O antiphon, O Virgo virginum. Here is an article on The Other Major Antiphons for the End of Advent which contains a link to another fine NLM … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

We find ourselves in something of a quandary this year about the concurrence of the fourth Sunday in Advent and Christmas Eve. My Sarum ordo by Dr William Renwick quotes the following from the Pie: 4th of Advent All of … Continue reading

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The grotesque side of Christmas

It is not difficult to understand the captions: – Le village du Père Noël – The village of Father Christmas, the dark satanic mills of China where children labour excessive hours with about the equivalent pay of children in the … Continue reading

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Christmas Greetings to all Readers

I send my Christmas greetings to all who read this blog. For those of us who have celebrated Advent and meditated on the great Prophecies of the Messiah, it is a moment of quiet, of forgetting the barrage of commercial … Continue reading

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The Christmas Build-up

Most years, Christmas seems to have become something gruesome and obscene, going by the sights we see in our supermarkets and shopping centres. For them, Christmas has already begun. Lights and signs are already in place in our towns, and … Continue reading

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Merrie Christmass

I convey my Christmas greeting to all those to whom I have not been able to write individually. May this feast of the Nativity renew the joy and hope of Christ in us all. All hosts, above, beneath, Sing the … Continue reading

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