Merry Progressive Holiday!

Progressive Christmas

It's that time of year--when we sing about the birth of the newborn King.... or else we don't.If you are irritated this year by the disappearance of Christmas' religious significance in the public square, you'll get a chuckle listening to these "Progressive Christmas Carols." God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen We wish you happy holidays, whoever you may be So merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, or heck all three We've modernized these jingles for the massive bourgeoisie Love, The Updated … [Read more...]

“Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom”: Hymn for the World Meeting of Families

On Sunday, November 30, worshippers at a Mass at Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul heard for the first time the hymn that will be played at Pope Francis' Mass during next year's World Meeting of Families."Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom" was co-written by Norbertine Father Andrew Ciferni and Normand Gouin and was selected from 20 entries which were submitted by invitation only.  The hymn opens with an allusion to Philadelphia's Liberty Bell, and traces the life of Je … [Read more...]

St. Peter’s Square Prepares for Christmas With Unique “Twin-Trunk Tree” and Opera

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  The Vatican's tree, always a beauty, has just arrived in St. Peters Square.  This year's tree is different in that it's got a "double trunk"--that is, two trunks growing together.  There's a homily in there, I'm sure:  A twin-trunk tree would be a great metaphor for married  love, for example, or for the family. Another interesting thing:  This year's Nativity display in St. Peter's Square will have an opera theme, with life-size terra cotta figures … [Read more...]