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This is a beautiful Christmas Day as also Eve just past. Holy Christmas Eve Mass from Saint Peter’s Basilica as celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI has been broadcast and now rebroadcasted today on EWTN, and, the meaningfulness and profound love of Christ with us are magnified to our senses, glorified in our souls among all who believe.

This Christmas morning arrived with utter peace and unusual quiet after one of the first clear, starry nights I can ever remember experiencing in Southern California, as also the overall peace from the surrounding environment, quiet enough last late afternoon, Chirtmas Eve, to hear the chiming of distant church bells and throughout today, Christmas Day, to hear nothing more than doves and crows and their wings outside. A strong and scrubbing wind overcame the area in the early dawn light but departed as soon as the air was even more clear, an emphasis from Heaven that the Day is without blemish.

Exceptionally beautiful to hear was the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception presentation of the 19th annual Christmas Concert for Charity, rebroadcast today (and Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 10 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 29, at 3 a.m.) on EWTN:

Program of the Christmas Concert for Charity

Advent Responsory – Johann Sebastian Bach/Richard Marlow

In dulci jubilo – Robert Lucas Pearsall
Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child – Kenneth Leighton
Nova, Nova: Ave fit ex Eva – Richard DeLong
Behold a Mystical Rose – Peter Latona
The Lamb – John Tavener
I Wonder as I Wander – Andrew Carter
The White Dove – Johannes Brahms
Make We Joy – David Morgan
Hodie Christus natus est – Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Siegfried Idyll – Richard Wagner
Adagio for Strings – Samuel Barber

Fanfare for Christmas Day – Martin Shaw
O beatum et sacrosanctum diem – Peter Philips
Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben – Johann Sebastian Bach
Quelle est cette odeur agréable? – Leo Nestor (Première)
Wassail Song – Ralph Vaughan Williams
Three Carols – Peter Warlock

Blessed Christmas good wishes to all who hear the Good News and believe, and, for those who do not, I pray with good wishes that you do.


Dot-Black-SML.gif Pope Benedict XVI’s Homily from Saint Peter’s Basilica (Christmas Eve Mass Homily); and,

Dot-Black-SML.gif Here is the text of the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi message (Christmas Day message):

“But first, what is the Urbi et Orbi thing all about?

Urbi et Orbi means literally ‘to the City [In Latin Urbs is by default Rome] and to the world.’ Originally this was how papal proclamations began. It now denotes a blessing with a message delivered on certain occasions, such as Christmas, New Year and Easter, for papal elections, etc. It is delivered from the center balcony of the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica. The heart of the Urbi et Orbi blessing is the concession of a plenary indulgence for the remission of all temporal punishment due to sin.”

Urbi et Orbi text is here.

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  1. Absolutely beautiful post. I can almost feel the breeze and hear the flapping of the doves’ wings as I read.

    You live in a beautiful place.

  2. -S- says:

    Thanks, “American Daughter,” for the kind comments. And it’s nice that you’d visit again (long time, no talk to!).