Monthly Archives: December 2010

You can’t make this stuff up

I recently stumbled upon a fundamentalist site, so absurd that it has lingered with me, explaining “why the Apocrypha isn’t in the Bible.” It’s absurd as any patent circular “reasoning” is absurd: the Apocrypha isn’t in the Bible, in substantial … Continue reading

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Hymns from the Matins of Nativity

All the hymns of the Orthodox Church are remarkably rich theologically, especially in paradox and in typology. Rarely does one get the sense that the hymnographer is trying directly to play on the hearer’s emotions; any emotional “uplift” comes from contemplation … Continue reading

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Stopping START

Republicans in Congress and the conservative movement are capable of dissenting from bipartisan foreign policy consensus, but only when it would be the most foolish and harmful to do so. Bipartisan consensus on foreign policy is very often destructive and … Continue reading

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The Summons of the Star

Father Jonathan Tobias at the Second Terrace blog appears to appreciate Auden’s For the Time Being, too.  Here, he quotes and comments on passages that I savored, but that I don’t think I passed along or commented on earlier this … Continue reading

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Arose .. and worshiped

So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of God and worshiped Him. II Kingdoms 13:5 (Septuagint; II Samuel 13:5 in KJV and others)

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Simeon

From W. H. Auden’s For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio, musings of the Righteous Simeon, who held the Christ child at the temple and then prayed the Nunc Dimitis: “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to … Continue reading

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Inflict Thy promises …

From W. H. Auden’s For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio, excerpts from further into the poem than prior days’ excerpts:

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The Star and the Wise Men

From W. H. Auden’s For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio, excerpts from a section on The Nativity Star and the Three Wise Men:

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Annunciation

From W. H. Auden’s For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio, excerpts from a section on the Annunciation. This is not a hack writing sentimental doggerel; the poetry deeply probes this foundational mystery of the Faith, and the indispensable role … Continue reading

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We who must die demand a miracle …

We who must die demand a miracle. How could the Eternal do a temporal act, The Infinite become a finite fact? Nothing can save us that is possible. We who must die demand a miracle. W.H. Auden, For the Time … Continue reading

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