Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas review
Where I was: my favourite local shrine church for Vespers, Compline, Matins, High Mass (English Missal with music by Haydn done by choir and orchestra) and after that Lauds. Got home about 2.30 in the morning.
What I got: Bishops at Large, Peter Anson’s classic cautionary tales for frustrated high churchmen and no, the person who gave it to me wasn’t trying to tell me something. (Actually I’m acquainted with a bishop at large. He has a ministry which he describes as not competing with the big churches but filling in the gaps in their coverage. And he has a theological education from real schools: he is fluent in Hebrew.)
What some friends got from me: Kindzmarauli (never mind that Stalin loved it; it’s the best, самое вкусное вино в мире) and for one person with two adorable moggies a drinking fountain for cats.

To sum up yesterday:
People were out late last night attending services, singing hymns and welcoming in the incarnation of God. Today is subdued, businesses are closed and people can enjoy time to themselves.
- Reverend Ref

Finally from Ship of Fools:

It just wouldn’t be traditional if crackers had good jokes

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