SSF: “Omelette”

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Having spent a significant part of yesterday (and nearly every other Sunday) morning making Sausage-and-Cheese omelettes for the hollow-legged little hooligans known as The Boys, this short really hit home: Love the facial expressions in this one, which comes from Madeline Sharafian, a student at the legendary animation factory, CalArts. It was her 2nd Year [Read More...]

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I’m On the Radio Today! …Run For Your Lives!

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Having a face made for radio’s bad enough. But since I’ve got a Lina Lamont-pitched speaking voice to go along with it, there really aren’t a whole lot of mediums left. (Hence, a blog.) Still, despite what I just said, I’m on the radio this weekend, courtesy of the great generosity (and, perhaps, suspect prudence) of [Read More...]

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SVS: “Lilies of the Field”

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I’m still Easter-ing, because it’s still Easter. So I wanted to come up with an Easter-y film for recommending this Easter Friday. (Also, yes. I’m done turning “Easter” into less liturgically appropriate parts of speech. Stickler.) There aren’t actually that many, come to think of it. Especially if you exclude things like Hop and Yogi [Read More...]

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Lifestyles of the Young and Liturgically Impressionable

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A brief account of my favorite moment from the just-completed Triduum. (Well, OK. Fine. My second-favorite moment. Right after the Paschal Vigil’s tintinnabulous Gloria, which is always my favorite moment. Because I’m a lousy Lent person.) During Good Friday’s General Intercessions, our cantor intoned “Let us kneel!” beautifully, as is his wont. And then, after an [Read More...]

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SSF: “Attenborough’s Wonderful World”

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Yes, this is an advertisement for The Beeb One, as evidenced by the watermark. It’s also pretty much the perfect short for Easter Monday. Wonderful, indeed. (Here’s a live version from Louis the Legend. And here’s a bit more Attenborough.) Attribution(s): All artwork, publicity images, and stills are the property of their respective creators and/or distributors. [Read more...]

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“Jubilate Deo!”

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He is risen! Sound the trumpets! Jubilate Deo omnis terra, quia sic benedicetur homo qui timet Dominum. Jubilate Deo omnis terra. Deus Israel conjungat vos et ipse sit vobiscum. Mittat vobis auxilium de sancto, et de Sion tueatur vos. Jubilate Deo omnis terra. Benedicat vobis Dominus ex Sion, qui fecit caelum et terram. Jubilate Deo [Read More...]

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Emilio de’ Cavalieri’s “Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah”

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I’m unfamiliar with this work. In fact, I’m unfamiliar with this composer. Strange stuff, indeed. Yet that strangeness seems entirely appropriate for the day. Even though they come each year, Holy Saturday’s strange absences are as uncomfortable and unsettling to me as anything I’ve ever experienced. Just as they should be. Attribution(s): “Disciples Running” by [Read More...]

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John IV of Portugal’s “Crux Fidelis”

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Crux fidelis, inter omnes arbor una nobilis: nulla silva talem profert, fronde, flore, germine. Dulce lignum, dulces clavos, dulce pondus sustinet. TRANSLATION: Faithful cross, above all other, One and only noble tree: None in foliage, none in blossom, None in fruit thy peer may be. Sweetest wood and sweetest iron, Sweetest weight is hung on [Read More...]

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SVS: “Ostrov”

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It’s Good Friday. A potentially-awkward day to be recommending a movie, yes. Especially because I’m planning to go film-free today, myself — as, I’m sure, are many of you. But it’s also a day with a surprising number of options. And a day when I can honestly say that I’ve benefited from a bit of [Read More...]

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Gesualdo’s “Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday”

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The name “Tenebrae” — Latin for “shadows” or “darkness” – has been given because this Office is celebrated in the hours of darkness, formerly in the evening or just after midnight, now the early morning hours. There is an impressive ceremony, peculiar to this Office, which tends to perpetuate its name. There is placed in the [Read More...]

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