Category Archives: Sweetness'n'Light

Holy Week

This is Holy Week in Christendom both East and West (as we agree on the date of Easter/Pascha this year).

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010. It delivered me a few surprises. I’ll let the stats helper monkeys speak and then comment a bit after that:

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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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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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Is Christianity “a Religion”?

I know the title question will produce “Well, duuuuuh!” from some quarters, but I’ve heard it argued on and off for years that Christianity is not a religion. Yesterday, I read something that seems to frame the question differently. I … Continue reading

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More poetry (omitted inadvertently)

Oops! Somehow I overlooked these three when I posted this morning.

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