Tag Archives: Advent

Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme

So begins the famous cantata of Bach from the Lutheran Advent hymn. Wake, arise, loud call the voices of Watchmen so high in the tower, Wake up, O Jerusalem! I remember this cantata being sung entirely as the anthem at … 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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The Golden Mass

Ember Wednesday of Advent comes up tomorrow. In the middle-ages, it was usually the custom to transfer feasts away from Rorate Wednesday. John XXIII happily restored the predominance of the Advent Ember Days in 1961, but they were done away … Continue reading

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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

Advent arrives once again, and we lose the Gloria and the Ite missa est, at least those of us who follow the Sarum rules. Like the Alleluia silenced in Septuagesima and Lent blooming forth at the Paschal Vigil, the Gloria … Continue reading

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Honey, I Buried the Church!

The only thing is that a film by this name would hardly draw the crowds that once attracted people to comedy stories about inventive husbands shrinking their children! What inspires this article are two pieces, one on the Church of … Continue reading

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