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Archive for December, 2008

Advent 4 – John 1:19-28

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Revised and shortened from 2004. In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Like all royalty, our Lord Jesus does not simply sweep into the room. He is announced. Jesus is announced first to Adam and Eve in the Garden after they fell into in. Then He […]

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

I my Christmas preparations this year, I have been reading Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, by Kenneth E. Bailey. ?I highly recommend it. I would commend to you one of the opening paragraphs in his essay on the story of Jesus’ birth: A diamond ring is admired and worn with pride, but with the passing […]

Introit confusion for Christmas-Epiphany

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Here is a list of occasions on which one might want to hold Divine Service, all falling between Christmas Eve and Epiphany. Beneath each is a list of Lutheran chant books and hymnals, and which (if any) introits they prescribe for the occasions. One 20th century tridentine Roman source is also included, as a reference. […]

St. John Chrysostom on Phil 4:4-7

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Interesting that Philippians 4:4-7 is given to Rorate Caeli instead of Gaudate.  I came across a very nice blog entitled Rorate Caeli  ( www.rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/ ).  The following Chrysostom proclamation on Phil 4 is included there: Rejoice? Fratres: Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus prope est. Nihil soliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione, et […]

Martyrology of Christmas

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Looking ahead a bit, I find it a nice touch to proclaim the Martyrology of Christmas each year. If you’re familiar with the Midnight Mass from the Vatican and/or from Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, you know that the Mass begins with a deacon or priest singing the Martyrology: The 25th day of December In […]