Oh my, I’ve been very lazy about blogging and most other things as we continue our Christmas celebration at the home of the Vox. Still on vacation until next Monday and basking in the glow of the still fresh Christmas Tree on this dark and cloudy morning, perhaps it is about time to post something at least.
The tree went up on the 23rd and after the branches fell nicely into form it was grandly decorated on Christmas Eve. That night, Vox was at the Toronto parish and with the help of Natale on the organ and a soprano who joined us we put on a lovely little service of Readings and Carols. I opened it with the powerful, This Is the Truth Sent From Above and she closed it with O Holy Night until all the congregation sang Of the Father’s Love Begotten just prior to Mass. The weather was good for the 160km. drive to the bucolic countryside for the Traditional Latin Mass at Midnight and again the next day at noon. A lovely lunch on the priest’s family farm and then back to Mississauga to my sister’s for dinner. After a few days of recovery, Vox’s Roast Turkey Christmas Dinner was held with much enjoyment by all including singing for over an hour after dinner as Natale regaled us with his accordion.
Well, there is so much to write about and comment on that I just don’t know where to start.
Liturgical work extraordinaire: Here is a great column by Jeff Ostrowski on the New Liturgical Movement about the difference between the Antiphons in the Roman Missal and the Gradual. If you are not familiar with Mr. Ostrowski’s wonderful work, then you must visit Corpus Christi Watershed and even consider his Vatican II Hymnal.
Crisis, what crisis? Well, if the His Disgrace Raymond Lahey trash was not enough, we should also consider some prayers, if it is not too late, for Karl Clemens, a suspended priest from the Archdiocese of Kingston who left the priesthood of Christ to slander the Church and live on the gay-track of “Church Street” in Toronto who when 70, “married” his 28 year-old lover, he died a few weeks back in December.. And let’s not forget the Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles and the people there who will now bear the cost of educating his “children!” Well, at least it was a woman!
Of course the RealProblem besetting the Church is Michael Voris and RealCatholicTV, right?