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Archive for December, 2015

Pope Francis on His Singing

“If I sang, I’d sound like a donkey, because I don’t know how to sing.”

Kandra: “Hark! The Hymn Has Been Re-Written!”

Deacon Kendra: “It appears these and similar revisions have been implemented for one reason: someone presumes that intelligent Christians are too stupid to know that the word ‘man’ doesn’t always mean a human being with testicles.”

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Here, folks, is Gloria in Excel sheets: And it gets better. Tomorrow it will be Gloria in Excel sheets day-old. awr Send to Kindle

Christmas Music from the Abbey

Liturgy and music nerds can start making plans for next year – it is never too early.


Merry Christmas! A liturgical logic puzzle as a gift from me to you

I made this puzzle on a whim to stump my son (so far, it’s working). Use the clues to solve this logic puzzle. No cheating by using information you just happen to know! (There is a downloadable version you can open with a word processor and edit at the bottom.)

There are five churches right in a row from East to West on a little street in Maintown, USA…

It’s Time We Were Moving

During these days of Christmas, there will be families living in rough dwellings, tents and make-do shacks, as we share our family Christmas in the warmth of our comfortable homes.

December 23: “No” and “Yes”

I wonder whether Elizabeth and Mary together don’t point us to a deep truth: namely, that fully saying “yes” to something – especially God’s own vision for this world — always also has to include decisive “nos.”

Viewpoint: The Story of Christmas

Christmas is about Christ coming to us, and our coming to Christ—and most of all about our going out to each other. Most of all, Christmas promises us an imperishable inheritance from Christ who came once in Bethlehem will come again in glory.


“Prophets of a Future That Does Not Belong To Us”: Pope Francis Uses Prayer of Bishop Untener

We are laborers, not master builders,
servants, not the Messiah.

Gift Idea from St. John’s Abbey: Gregorian Chant CD

Selections from the Graduale Romanum and Graduale Simplex for Mass, and the Antiphonale Monasticum and Liber Hymnarius for the Divine Office, that honor Our Lady and her divine Son.