Tattoos Gone Awry


From the guys over at  A grammar lesson for tattoo artists everywhere.The Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab explains the problem: "A" goes before words that begin with consonants.a cat a dog a purple onion a buffalo a big apple"An" goes before words that begin with vowels:an apricot an egg an Indian an orbit an uprisingExceptions Use "an" before unsounded "h." And yes, God is awesome. … [Read more...]

He’s Coming! The Great O Antiphons

He’s coming!  And as the Church anticipates the coming of the Messiah at Christmas, we sing the joyful O Antiphons at Vespers during this last week of Advent.Each of the O Antiphons reminds us of a different title for Christ, highlighting one of his attributes; and each refers to Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the coming Messiah. *     *     *     *     * The O Antiphons are:December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom) December 18: O Adonai (O Lord) December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse … [Read more...]

THE O ANTIPHONS and the Beatles: Great Secrets Revealed?


First, I mean no disrespect—but if you are a theologian or a historian or a liturgist, please pop in here to explain something for me.I’ve been reading about the O ANTIPHONS, those profound anticipatory verses from Isaiah which, in the Catholic tradition, are read at Vespers from December 17 through December 23, leading up to the Christmas season.  Lovely prayers, most certainly!  But over and over in the literature, as an after-note, I read that the first letters of the seven Antiphons, wh … [Read more...]