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Tilman Riemenschneider of the Day: Saint Stephen

How do images of the saints bear witness to the paschal mystery?

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December 22: O Rex Gentium

Come and bring heaven to earth, to that earth from which you formed humanity.

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A Homely Reminder of How Rote Ritual Is

So much of the analysis of liturgy remains focused on the words in the books or even the words recited or repeated in assemblies, and this with an uncritical, unarticulated assumption that the discursive content of those texts impact/shape the ideas or imaginations of most of the participants. The individual performances and ongoing practices of a rite/ritual/liturgy are so much more and most often a matter of non-discursive, semiotic (if you will) patterns …

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“No More Boring Homilies!” – New Vatican Document on Preaching

Let’s hope the document isn’t a boring one either.

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December 21: O Oriens

You are the brilliant promise of light. Your justice is luminous and clear. Come and dawn on us.

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Tilman Riemenschneider of the Day: Blood Altar

Very unusually, the central figure of this composition is Judas.

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December 20: O Clavis David

Come and unlock our prison doors, dissolve the shadows of death in the light of your presence.

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What Time is Midnight Mass?

Now, “Midnight Mass” is for the most part just one more piece of Catholic lore that has bitten the dust. The holdouts are getting to be few and far between.

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So Great a Silence

When I was a child, stillness prevailed in our home on Christmas Eve. Bedtime was early and quiet was counseled, despite the excitement. I’m sure I was more excited about the coming of Santa than the coming of the Christ Child, yet I learned to be silent and still before so great an expectation.

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December 19: O Radix Jesse

Come, life-giver, free us to flourish, come now.

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