Begin Advent With Joy, Courtesy of Scott Hahn

Lowly shepherds.  Skilled astronomers.  An evil king.  An unaccommodating innkeeper.  A pregnant virgin.  A nurturing foster-father.  A host of heavenly beings.  Some cows, and a baby. *     *     *     *     * This cast of seemingly unrelated characters is brought together in an unlikely pastiche that has become one of the most familiar stories of all time:  the Christmas story.   And it's possible--even likely--that you simply accept this improbable story without challenging its veracity.  Bu … [Read more...]

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He Comes in Silence

Softly, like the newly fallen snow, He comes.  In the stable, He is laid in the humble manger; but He longs to live in our hearts.Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence is sung in churches on this, the most holy night of Christ’s birth.  It reappears during the Easter Vigil, when the body of Christ lies silent in the tomb.The hymn was composed in the fourth century as an Offertory hymn in the Eastern rite Divine Liturgy of St. James.  The ancient chant is based on words from Habakkuk 2:20 … [Read more...]

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