A glimpse at the “hip hop Mass”

The photo above is now making the rounds on Facebook. It appears to come from an Episcopal liturgy that first became popular in the United States about a decade ago. Check out this article on the hip hop Mass from 2004:  It’s a religious form of hip hop which includes the publication of a hip hop [Read More...]

This never happens at my local Trader Joe’s

I wish it would. This was staged in London a couple years ago. For some reason, it slipped by my Flash Mob radar. Enjoy! [Read more...]

An amazing rendition of “Amazing Grace”

Someone sent this to me this afternoon, and it’s too good not to share. From Carnegie Hall a few years ago. Just watch. You may never hear this particular hymn the same way again. Image from U.S.DreamAcademy.org [Read more...]

RIP, Andraé Crouch

The gospel legend is going to see The King. He died Thursday at 72. From The Los Angeles Times:  Crouch, a Los Angeles native, died about 4:30 p.m. at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications after having a heart attack on Saturday, according to Brian Mayes. “Today my twin brother, womb-mate and [Read More...]

“Sorry, ‘Silent Night,’ but nothing was calm about the night Jesus was born…”

Writer Sarah Thebarge unloads over at Huffington Post:  I was on staff at a church for a year, and I understand the pressure people must’ve been under in past Christmas seasons to bang out a new song their people could sing to celebrate baby Jesus. But it seems that in their haste, they have created [Read More...]

Must-see video: “The 12 Days After Christmas”

Image: “The Twelfth Night” by David Teniers (17th century) Very cute. From those jolly folks who comprise the Mormon Tabernacle Choir—believe it or not. Enjoy. I think we’re all about ready for this now, don’t you? [Read more...]

Give yourself this CD as an early Christmas gift. You can thank me later.

A couple months ago, I got an email inviting me to hear parts of a new CD from the only Catholic boys school choir in the United States. That piqued my curiosity. Hearing the selections clinched it for me. What I heard was a little slice of heaven on earth. The CD, “Christmas at Harvard Square,” by [Read More...]

“I Am the Very Model of a Biblical Philologist”

Well, I’m not. But I know some of you out there will love this: an inspired re-interpretation of Gilbert and Sullivan for Bible geeks! This is pretty hilarious, even though I don’t understand most of it. Enjoy. [Read more...]

Christmas music: Do you hear what I hear? Again and again and again?

From Nate Silver’s website comes this interesting look at the music we keep hearing during this time of year:  Radio’s wall-to-wall holiday format is a recent development. Of course, stations in the past played some Christmas music on Dec. 24 and 25, but the vast majority of soft-rock stations began switching to all-holiday soundtracks in [Read More...]

Sister Cristina meets Pope Francis, gives him a copy of her album

Two of the most famous Catholics in the world finally met. Details:  Italy’s famed singing nun met Pope Francis this week and brought him a gift: a copy of her first album. Sister Cristina Scuccia, who won the Italian version of The Voice in June, presented the Pontiff with her debut CD during his general audience on Wednesday, [Read More...]