Saturday, December 31, 2011

Music For the Seventh Day Of Christmas

The Clancy Brothers, The Lovely Far Off City

George Winston, The Holly and the Ivy

The Chieftains, The Holly She Bears A Berry

Jethro Tull, Bouree


My Father's Twenty-Second Anniversary

My father, George Thomas Senior, died twenty-two years ago this morning. He had just returned from 9:30 Mass with my mother, and went around the corner to chip ice away from the door of an elderly neighbor. Moments later, there was a frantic phone call that he had collapsed. I dressed and rushed to the scene and arrived just in time to see the ambulance crew carry him in. Efforts to revive him failed.

V. Requiem aeternam, dona ei Domine.
R. Et lux perpetua luceat in ei.
V. Requiescat in pace.
R. Amen.

Deus, qui nos patrem et matrem honorare praecepisti: miserere clementer animabus patris et matris meae eorumque peccata dimitte: meque eos in aeternae claritatis gaudio fac videre. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.

Enjoy George Donaldson of Celtic Thunder performing, The Old Man

In your charity, please pray for the repose of his soul.


Friday, December 30, 2011

Music For the Sixth Day Of Christmas

Loreena McKennit, The Holly And the Ivy

Celtic Woman, In the Bleak Mid-Winter/The First Noel

Loreena McKennit, The Gloucestershire Wassail

The Clancy Brothers, Angels We Have Heard On High


Friday At the Foot Of the Cross

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the king,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary!

Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear; for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you;
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The babe, the son of Mary!

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh;
Come, peasant, king, to own Him.
The King of kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise the song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby;
Joy, joy, for Christ is born,
The babe, the son of Mary!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Music For the Fifth Day Of Christmas

Christmas with a French touch for today.

Il Est Ne

Loreena McKennitt - Noël Nouvelet!

Bring A Torch Jeanette, Isabella

Pavarotti, O Holy Night

The Chieftains, The Breton Carol


Saint Thomas a Becket

From The Golden Legend

From Catholic On Line

Remember the especial vehemence with which English protestants attacked the cult of Saint Thomas a Becket, because Henry VIII saw it as a potential rallying point for anti-royal Catholic revolt. So celebrate this great martyred with special emphasis.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Music For the Fourth Day Of Christmas

The Deller Consort, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

The Boar's Head Carol/Here We Come A'Wassailing

Pavarotti, from the famous 1978 concert at Notre Dame du Montreal

The Clancy Brothers, The Christ Child Lullaby


The Slaughter Of the Holy Innocents

The Coventry Carol

1. Lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child.
By, by, lully, lullay.

2. O sisters, too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day;
This poor Youngling for whom we sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

3. Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young, to slay.

4. Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee,
And ever mourn and say;
For Thy parting, nor say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

In Herod's time, a slaughter of holy innocent babes was an outstanding once-in-a-lifetime event. For us, the murderous sin of abortion has made the slaughter of holy innocents a daily, constant massacre. God help us!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Music For the Third Day Of Christmas

Annie Lennox, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Bangers and Mash and Fezziwigger Dancers, Sir Roger de Coverley

The Clancy Brothers, The Holly Bears A Berry

The Chieftains, Past Three O'Clock


Saint John the Evangelist

This is the feast of one of my special patrons, Saint John the Evangelist. John is my confirmation name.

From The Golden Legend

A prayer to Our Blessed Lady and to her adopted son, Saint John (translation by Michael W. Martin):

O Intemerata

O UNSPOTTED and forever blessed, unique and incomparable virgin Mary, Mother of God, most graceful temple of God, sanctuary of the Holy Spirit, gate of the kingdom of heaven, by whom next unto God the whole world liveth, incline O Mother of Mercy thy ears of piety unto my unworthy supplications, and be merciful to me a most wretched sinner, and be unto me a helper in all things.

O most blessed John, the beloved and friend of Christ, which by the same Lord Jesus Christ was chosen a virgin, and among the rest more beloved, above all instructed in the heavenly mysteries, for thou wast made a most worthy Apostle and Evangelist: thee also I call upon with Mary, the mother of the same Lord Jesus Christ our Savior, that thou wouldst vouchsafe to afford me thy aid with hers.

O ye two celestial jewels, Mary, and John. O ye two lights divinely shining before God. Chase away by your bright beams the clouds of my offenses.

For you are those two in whom God the Father through His own Son, specially built His own house, and in whom the only-begotten Son of God as the reward of your most sincere virginity confirmed the privilege of His love while hanging on the Cross, saying thus to one of you: "Woman, behold thy son," and then to the other, "Behold thy mother."

In the sweetness therefore of His most sacred love, through which by our Lord's own mouth, as mother and son you were joined to each other, I, a most wretched sinner, commend this day to you my body and soul, that at all hours and moments, inwardly and outwardly, you would vouchsafe to be unto me steadfast guardians and devout intercessors before God.

I indeed firmly believe and accept beyond any doubt that one who wants to be yours will belong to God and one who does not want to be yours will not belong to God, for you can obtain whatever you ask from God without delay. By virtue of your most powerful worthiness, beg, I beseech you, for the well being of my body and soul.

Plead, I beseech you, plead for me by your holy prayers that the loving Spirit, the best giver of graces, may vouchsafe to visit my heart and dwell therein, the self same Spirit who may thoroughly purge me from all filth of vice, lighten and adorn me with sacred virtues: who would cause me to stand perfectly and to persevere in the love of God and my neighbor, and, after the course of this life, may this most benign comforter bring me to the joys of His elect, He, who with God the Father and the Son is co-eternal and consubstantial with them and in them, liveth and reigneth as Almighty God, forever and ever.


Monday, December 26, 2011

Hunting the Wren

Liam Clancy in an early solo version

And just so that your Irish Christmas needs don't go unfulfilled, here are the Clancy Brothers singing Jingle Bells In Gaelic:

The Chieftains, The Bells Of Dublin

The Clancy Brothers, Curoo, Curoo

The West Clare Wren Boys. West Clare: I wonder if the assembly includes any Fitzpatricks from Lahinch, or Shanahans from Letterkelly

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Saint Stephen the Proto-Martyr

The Catholic Encyclopedia

The Golden Legend

Saint Stephen, please pray for us!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Music For Christmas Day

Sting, I Saw Three Ships

Celtic Woman, Carol Of the Bells

The Clancy Brothers, Christmas In Carrick

Mannheim Steamroller, Silent Night


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