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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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Reno Erat Rudolphus, Nasum Rubrum Habebat

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was written in the twelfth century by a monk of the Abbey of Melk. Or was it? Your guess is as good as mine. I found it on Facebook.

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Thomas Traherne

Thomas Traherne (c. 1636-1674) is someone I have only just discovered, through the cantata for high solo voice and string orchestra by Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) Dies Natalis. This piece, completed in 1939, which I only today received from Boosey & … Continue reading

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