Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday in the Octave of Christmas with Commemoration of the Holy Innocents

  • Mass: Dum medium silentium tenerent omnia. In my parish church the Christ Child goes under the baldacchino in the high altar's reredos where the crucifix or monstrance usually goes; the crucifix is then moved down to the mensa. (Architecturally we're a Victorian exposition chapel with Gothic trappings.)
  • The hinge of fate. A long article about Christmas and Holy Innocents' Day. Obviously a pro-life feast; what's now considered peculiarly Catholic socially was generally Christian 100 years ago.
  • Celebrating Christmas at Christmastime. A usual purist's complaint, not without merit. When I looked out on the feast of Stephen, on my usual walk through a nearby town, I saw TWO trees on the curb.
  • Out and about: Lambertville, NJ, and New Hope, Pa., with hat tips to MiX Gallery for a nice little selection of '50s furniture, hats, and ties (got a tie), and Villa Vito Ristorante, right on Bridge Street but not tourist or rich-liberal New Hope, at least not in the summer: family-run friendly and cozy with satisfying Italian-American favorites including cannoli.

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