Thursday, December 27, 2007

‘Hot gospel’
On the naffness of ‘contemporary Christian music’ as recognised and parodied by many: Pious Riot (‘The Simpsons’) and I Found the Lord and Lost My Talent (P.J. O’Rourke — met him)

BTW outside of liturgy (where chant is No. 1, polyphony second and sturdy, singable, orthodox hymns third) I love black gospel music.
’Twas the middle of that sacred time of year when all Americans pause to remember what is most important — Christmas Shopping Season.
The grinch that stole Advent: it began here around mid-November (it used to wait until after the harvest festival, American Thanksgiving, but not any more) and just ended really with the retail industry having one more toss yesterday. Secular society’s keeping its octave more or less: the decorations are still up.

Real Western Christmas has just begun of course. It continues past its octave-day (the Circumcision on New Year’s, Jesus’ bris also prefiguring his sacrifice) through Epiphany (Twelfth Night), the manifestation of Christ’s divinity to the gentiles, and then only tapers off, ending at Candlemas in February, his presentation in the temple in which the priest Simeon says what has happened.

From Chronicles.

The mainstream media on the meaning of Christmas
From GetReligion

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