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There will be no posts for a few days other than a Christmas page and some changes in the music and colours which I shall do late tomorrow afternoon. Vox will be pretty busy.
On Saturday at 7:30, we have organised a lovely little Service of Readings and Carols to precede Mass in the Ordinary Form at the church in Toronto where I am Cantor for the Vigil Mass. Here is what the program looks like:
The Huron Carol-All
This is the Truth Sent from Above-Vox
Book of Isaiah: “Comfort, yes, comfort My people. …”
O Come Divine Messiah
St. Luke: “Now in the sixth month…”
The Angel Gabriel
Book of Micha: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,…”
Once in Royal David’s City
St. Matthew: “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows:…”
O Holy Night-Soprano Solo
St. John: “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son…”
Of the Father’s Love Begotten
Mass will begin with the new ICEL text of the Christmas Proclamation sung in its traditional tone and then O Come All Ye Faithful, the Propers from Simple English Propers and the Missa de Angelis. At Offertory, a two part with organ setting of Tu Scendi Dalle Stella (we have quite a few Italians) and Silent Night at Communion with Hark the Herald Angels Sing as the Recessional.
Then at about 9:15, I shall dash to the sleigh and call on Rudolph to lead me 160km to sing the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite at Midnight in Kinkora and again at Noon on Sunday. Please say an Ave for good roads and strong coffee.
It has been quite the year friends.
Finally, ten years after its issue we have the Third Edition of the Roman Missal for the Ordinary Form despite some hiccups in Canada and games being played. It is not enough but it is a beginning. If we could only celebrate it as it was intended, sung, ad orientem, with incense and solemnity and we would make a big mark on the “reform of the reform.”
The Usus Antiquior continues to gain attention and in Toronto, Una Voce has been working hard to promote and sponsor the Mass. A new Una Voce Chapter has started in the Diocese of London, Sudbury now has the Mass as does Winnipeg and the Bishop of St. Catharines has raised the FSSP Apostolate to Personal Parish status and given them a property; God bless Bishop Bergie.
Serra House in Toronto is full to capacity and while next year will only see one diocesan ordination in Toronto, things are looking much better. The Archbishop and the Vocations Office are doing the right things.
On the cultural front, we continue to battle. The Catholic-In-Name-Only Premier of Ontario continues to “bully” Catholics as he himself succumbs to the homo-fascists and this battle has only just begun. On this fight, the Bishops of Ontario have let us down.
Friends, this blog has been saucy and a little irreverent at times. One person wrote that it is an “occasion of sin” and one of my bigger “fans” has been very harsh too, but I suspect that I will never hear from him again now. I have tried to stand up and fight for the Church, the truth and our culture. Sometimes I have succeeded and sometimes I have failed. Next year will be better but the battle for the truth and the liturgy and an end to abuses will go on.
On a personal note, it has been very busy. Work has been demanding and fruitful and I’ve been enjoying a relaxing break due to many, many vacation carryovers. Despite a detractor a few weeks ago on this blog who really acted inappropriatly, much was accomplished and I engineered the largest budget and program for my portfolio in over 20 years. My staff performed admirably and I thank them.
On the liturgical front, I am extremely fortunate to work in both Forms of the Roman Rite and with full support from the Pastors. I am truly blest and I thank them both.
May God bless you, Dear Reader this Christmas and always.
May you be happy and joyous. May you be blest with your families and friends. If you are alone, remember that you really never are alone. The LORD and His Mother love you and are with you. At the worst times, the darkest times of sin my life, no matter what my circumstance or my sin, they were there. God came for you and me, for all of us. He humbled Himself to be born of amongst us as a man to save us from sin, from ourselves and to show us the way to Him. Let us remember this truth always.
God love you.
David Anthony Domet
Attacks on nativity scenes become more and more widespread. Not just the opposition to having nativity scenes on public display, but real attacks:
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – It’s become something of an annual tradition in the city.
For the third straight year, the nativity display on the front lawn of city hall has been vandalized. The statues of the infant Jesus, Mary and Joseph were spray-painted red and a cardboard sign was left beside the display with the phrase, “Keep the state separate from religion” written on it.
Vandals have attacked the display several times over the last few years, damaging the statues of animals and wise men, and even stealing a baby Jesus statue.
McMullan said whoever is responsible has mistaken the display as an endorsement of a particular religion by the city. The holiday displays at city hall, which include displays for other religious festivals and a large Christmas tree, are meant to reflect the multicultural nature of the city, he said.
, even when a nativity scene is on private property (including church lawn) – that doesn’t protect it from being vandalized. So it’s not about using public property for a religious display. It’s about public display of Christian faith, Christian traditions and Christian culture – that’s what is being targeted nowadays.
If such an attack was carried out against a display, a parade or an exhibit of some other culture or lifestyle choice – this would be regarded as a “hate crime”. But when it comes to Christianity – it’s presumed that, being a religion of the majority, it can never be a target of “hate crimes” and therefore – doesn’t need such protection.
If anything – the twisted logic of multiculturalism suggests that, for the sake of “equality”, nation’s founding religion, culture and heritage should be held back to make room for others. Vandalism against Christian displays as well hijacking of public spaces by “devout atheists” (with the sole purpose of keeping the nativity scenes out,) derive from the very same principles.
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