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February 17, 2019
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They Had Heard No Thunder
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Glory to the Exiles
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Nativity According to the Flesh
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The O antiphon for December 23rd: O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio Gentium, et...
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He Will Baptize With Fire
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The People who Don’t Exist
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A Season of Darkness and Joy
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One Crying Out in the Desert
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Hallowed Be Thy Name
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