Joseph Bottum, Man of Letters, Pens New Carols for Christmas

Joseph Bottum is one of the nation's most widely published and influential essayists--in fact, earlier this year I reviewed his recent book An Anxious Age (spoiler:  I loved it).But did you know that he's also a composer?  Apparently,  Jody has been writing Christmas carols for several years.  In a recent column on "The Font" at Patheos, Bottum explained why he writes  Christmas songs: "...We need what we lack, here in late modernity—a living connection with the past, a density of referenc … [Read more...]

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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...]

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“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...]

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