Tag Archives: Nativity

Sunday, 12/10/17

A little late because I decided to delete some same-old same-old political rants. Continue reading

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Annual Auden Adventure

I fulfilled my self-imposed Advent discipline, reading W.H. Auden’s For the Time Being, Sunday evening. Would that all disciplines were so delightful! I have excerpted it more extensively in 2014 (Here’s my part 1 and part 2 comments), and perhaps earlier … Continue reading

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The Righteous Reaction

All Joseph wanted to do in this situation was: 1. protect Her from public disgrace, and 2. dismiss Her “quietly.” Continue reading

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The Logic of the Incarnation

I was talking this week to someone who formerly had a socially respectable degree of Christian faith, but seems to have lost it to a socially acceptable degree now. He was patiently alluding, for the benefit of the folks he knew … Continue reading

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For the Time Being

Last year, I serialized excerpts of W.H. Auden’s Christmas Oratorio, For the Time Being, late in the Nativity Fast/Advent. This year is 100% reprise, but in a single blog rather than serialized. Enjoy! And have a very blessed feast.

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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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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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