Advent Vespers w talk on Difficult Christmas

First the Advent Conspiracy! H/T Deacon GregVespers for tonight - it's flying by the seat of my pants; I knew what I wanted to say, but didn't write it down, then found the dog and Buster both intruding...if I sound a little disjointed toward the end, it's because as I was trying to speak, Buster was pacing around the desk waiting to show me a gift for his girlfriend. So, I have no idea if this will be any good, but here is the podcast of Vespers for tonight, with a short talk on how … [Read more...]

Vespers for Dec 15, no talk (iTunes UPDATE)

Kind of downer Vespers for today. Not the readings and psalms, they're fine, but I'm not quiet "with it" in this podcast, sorry. No talk, and I even screw up and forget the final blessing, "may the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil, and bring us to eternal life."Vespers for December 15.Sorry. I'll try to do better tomorrow, and the beautiful O Antiphons begin on Wednesday the 17th, so...hang in there. Those are worth tuning in for.If anyone is downloading this via iTunes (I see … [Read more...]

Thank you for your condolences

Please accept my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have left comments or emails of condolences on the passing of my brother John. I have been immensely touched by the prayers, the very kind and thoughtful messages - even by one person painting a nativity set and dedicating St. Joseph - patron of the dying - to John's memory. I have been exceedingly moved by so much generosity of spirit, and pray God blesses all of you, especially in this season of hope.Someone wrote, "Anchoress, this is the … [Read more...]

"But who may abide…"

The remarkable, effortless, bell-like clarity of soprano Emma Kirby makes this one a stunner: … [Read more...]

Gaudete Sunday; Rejoice!

After two weeks of readings prompting us to "clear a pathway" and "make straight" the wilderness of our hearts, that the Lord might come, today we take rest from the interior work, that we might dance off a bit of that anticipatory energy in joy - a dance of the heart.The readings are especially comforting. Isaiah reminds us of Jesus proclaiming himself in the synagogue:"The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; he has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the … [Read more...]

You don't mess with the Mother of God

(Mother of God Icon written by Jan Isham, available here)Lots of emails from outraged folks wondering why I haven't commented on Playboy's putting a nude image on its cover and suggesting it is the Virgin Mary.The headline reads, "te adoramos, Maria," or, "We adore you, Mary."Playboy released the edition on the Feastday of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In Mexico.Is it vulgar and insulting? Sure is. Is it worth my ire? No. And I'll tell you why.Because the people responsible for that … [Read more...]

Compline in Advent w/ ‘homiliette’

The day got away from me today and I ran out of time for Vespers, so I've recorded compline, the prayer to close the night, with an advent/restoration themed "homiliette."In my talk, I call myself an derogatory term, which I am. So, you're warned. If you don't like that word...well...cover your ears! :-)Goodnight. … [Read more...]

Incarnation: "The Mystery IS the Gift…"

Have you ever read something and then said, "damn, I wish I'd written that?I do it frequently, but especially today with this piece, especially, by the renowned skeptic, Vanderleun:Theirs was the Age of Myth; a world where night was not dimmed by the web of lights that now obscures the stars. Their nights were lit by flaring torches, dim oil lamps, guttering candles; by the phases of the moon and the broad shimmering river of the Milky Way. As the sun declined and night ascended, life … [Read more...]

Obama/Blagojevich or Podcasts?

In preparing to record Vespers for today I thought instead I should ask you folks what you prefer. So far, the most popular podcasts seem to be the Rosanne Rosannadanna impression w/homiliette at the end, the podcast with no prayers, just a talk on the Immaculate Conception, and the Office for the Dead which I did on for 9/11, and was one of my earliest efforts.Would you like to hear Morning Prayer instead of Vespers, or would you like me to mix it up with Midday Prayer or the Office of … [Read more...]

Bush, Christianity; O Divine Spark

Many people were talking, yesterday about this interview with President Bush, wherein ABC's Cynthia McFadden seems to be going out of her way to try to start something controversial in Bush's religious beliefs.Hot Air has the video of the interview in two parts, I like the second part, not only because Bush seems less wary of McFadden than in the first (he seems to know know he's being set-up to say something that the press can use to beat him with - or to further divide the GOP and the … [Read more...]