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Back in my days of entertaining, we always had an invitation to an Irish Coffee party that was in the form of a Christmas tree in calligraphy. There was a shop that would create those cards every year as the date and day changed. I wish I had some copies of them now.Merry Christmas.The invitation reminded me of it.
Great idea. I remember as a small boy burying my nose in my mother's coat sleeve to avoid the noxious reek the priest was filling the Midnight Mass service with. I remember leaving the same service to find that it was snowing. A bit of Christmas magic that I'll never forget, and perhaps a reminder that you have to suffer a little to appreciate a little joy.
It's like the old days of smoking and non-smoking sections. Remember when they had those on planes.
Incense and peppermints, trip of that kind.
The incense at Mass, combined with the overflowing throng of twice a year or visiting congregants who reek of too much perfume and way too liberally doused cologne, put me right out of the Christmas spirit some years. My eyes water and my nose starts running without fail. My sister has asthma and she simply has to get up and leave. The no incense is a great idea - one less air pollutant to suffer through. This may be one of those times where your 'no smell' may be an advantage, Professor. Merry Christmas.
"No incense" for cafeteria Catholics who like to pick and choose what they like.
Merry Christmas Althouse and Meade!
It's an Episcoplal church.Nobody ever says "cafeteria Episcopal."
Even when we have incense, the priest usually opens windows near the front and tries to go light on it--- it's just too hard on people with respiratory problems. Before we knew my kid had asthma, she used to do this weird thing where she'd be fine in Mass, scream like a demon when the incense came out, go outside, calm down, go back in, normal...until the incense.So, incense free Masses are polite-- especially if you have an older congregation with a lot of COPD lurking.
Sting singing I Saw Three Ships
It is sad that even holiday wishes must be moderated. But still, Merry Christmas to all! And if I dare add in these latter days, Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men!
Anglicans like to overdo it on the incense during high mass, in my experience.
I hope there were bellsEven if there weren't smells.And lots of candlelight And no men in shorts.
"It's an Episcoplal church."I never new Protestants used incense - even late at night. What do i know. "Nobody ever says "cafeteria Episcopal."" - because it's an oxymoron.Happy holidays to Ann and Mead.
Merry Christmas Ann. > Remember when they had those on planes.I remember when you could smoke in the lecture hall. And some of my fondest memories are using the branch physics library in Pupin (Columbia University) late at night. I had a key and would let myself in, sit down in the leather upholstered chair by the table, pull over the ash tray, and study Landau and Lifshitz, Quantum Mechanics, into the small hours of the morning.
Climate changes. Always has, always will. Mankind affects climate, locally and on a larger scale. Cities are filled with concrete, see "heat island," and farming and de-forestation activities changes ground albedo too. But it's known fact that the most significant atmospheric contaminant for climate us water vapor. It has a relatively short stay time in air compared to, say, CO2 but the impact and quantity of water vapor is hands-down the single most important "greenhouse gas." Water vapor in jet exhaust is also pretty significant, NOAA says it can by itself explain all temperature increases to date.EPA says on average 2 gpm of water evaporates for each kWh used, and there are 16,076 TWh internationally produced in the steam cycle. And by the way, CO2 discharge pretty much tracks electricity production.http://www.dailywire.com/news/2071/most-comprehensive-assault-global-warming-ever-mike-van-biezen#.Vnrfzk_kZlk.twitter
72 now.. around DC; we want snow!
Merry Christmas to A&MEnjoy the incense. The Maronite church I attend has the best. A heavenly sent scent.
For what's the sound of the world out there?What is that sound?Those crunching noises pervading the airYes, all aroundIt's man devouring man, my dearAnd then who are we to deny it in here?These are desperate timesAnd desperate measures are called for(Here we are, now, hot out of the oven)What is that?It's priest, have a little priestIs it really good? Sir, it's too good, at leastThen again, they don't commit sins of the fleshSo it's pretty freshAwful lot of fat only where it satHaven't you got poet, or something like that?No, y'see, the trouble with poet is'Ow do you know it's deceased? Try the priestHeavenlyNot as hearty as bishop, perhapsBut then againNot as bland as curate, eitherAnd good for business tooAlways leaves you wantin' moreTrouble isWe only get it on SundaysLawyer's rather niceIf it's for a priceOrder something else, though to followSince no one should swallow it twice....Enjoy your means on Christmas eve';'n' we'll see what tomorrow brings.God bless us, everyone.Tiny Quayle
Thank you for that reminder C Emcee. I'm trying to will myself into getting ready and going to Latin Mass tonight and that helped. I know once I get there there will be joy, it's just the getting ready and going alone that is difficult. Merry Christmas all, and thank you for letting me hang out here once in awhile, I truly appreciate it.
Remember that silly poll about bombing Agrabah that you noted prior? WPA Research, a Republican polling group, pulled the same prank except this time asked if we should accept refugees from Agrabah. 44% of Democrats said "yes."Frankly, if they all look like Jasmine then I'm all for it.Merry Christmas!
Second hand incense is better than no incense. God likes clouds a lot. Moses says He rides on them in his majesty, and underneath are the Everlasting Arms. ( great boxer's image) and he will drive out our enemy before us saying "Destroy him." Deuteronomy has great stuff.
Nobody ever says "cafeteria Episcopal."Because it's redundant.
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Hand Bells. Why no Hand Bells. Maybe they are too much practice this time of the year.
In seventh grade I was an altar boy at Easter midnight mass. I was the thurible holder. Luckily, there were two priests concelebrating the service, because the parish priest was just drunk as a skunk, and needed all the help he could get. The priest needed to insert four wax "nails" in the Paschal candle. Out of seven tries, he got three in.What this meant was that everything moved very slowly, including the incensing. I stood there holding the thurible as the incense smoke wafted upwards. By the end of Mass, I was essentially a frankincense-smoked ham.
On Christmas Eve, my youngest kids like to watch "Elf" with Will Ferrell. It's still a pretty sweet and funny movie.
Some incense can sometimes be something of a physical irritant. Then again, we also live in a hyper-sensitive age, and for some, there is always something to grouse about -- it's too noisy, it's too crowded, the music is too modern, the music is too old, look at the way people are dressed, the people are too touchy-feely with that hand-holding at prayer, the Mass/service is too long, come on I've got a football game to watch, this is boring, yada yada yada. Then there are those who pride themselves on their devout Christian faith who close their churches on this day saying, "Christmas is about family."The incense itself is supposed to signify the offering of our prayers, with the smoke rising up to God. There is also an old saying about things that annoy you -- offer it up.Of course, this being Christmas, we could always go for the historical and have the church smell like a stable.
Snowing in Reno. Forecast for overnight temperatures in the single digits.
Everyone is incensed about something these days.Merry Christmas to Althouse and Meade. I appreciate the blog and all I learn from it. Thanks for that.
Merry Christmas to everyone, and especially to Ann and Meade.
Lux fulgébit hodie super nos; quia natus est nobis Dóminus: et vocábitur Admirábilis, Deus, Princeps pacis, Pater futúri sæculi; cujus regni non erit finis. (Ps. 92. 1) Dóminus regnávit, decórem indútus est: indútus est Dóminus fortitúdinem, et præcínxit se. v. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. Amen. Merry Christmas.
In the spirit of the season, let us join in with the cast of Walt Kelly's Pogo cartoon:Deck us all with Boston CharlieWalla Walla, Wash, and Kalamazoo!Nora's freezin' on the trolley,Swaller dollar cauliflower Alleygaroo!Don't we know archaic barrel,Lullaby Lilla Boy, Louisville Lou.Trolley Molly don't love Harold,Boola Boola Pensacoola Hullabaloo!Merry Christmas!
I went to Christmas mass in Salzburg. We were late, and surprised to see that we could still have seats in the front of the cathedral.We began to understand why the seats were available, when the priest reloaded the thurible for the third time.
Full disclosure. I am a Methodist. My wife, and children are Catholics. I was hoping they would have known better.
Merry Christmas Althouse, Meade and all the Althouse acolytes everywhere- God bless us, every one!
Definition: Acolyteone who assists a member of the clergy in a liturgical service by performing minor duties.I am NOT an Acolyte and this blog is not liturgy.
Merry Christmas Meadhouse. And thanks Ann for your gift of your blog, which I receive every day! Couldn't ask for a nicer present.
I've never heard the term "cafeteria catholic." What does it mean?I was raised in the Episcopal church. I always enjoyed the incense at Midnight Christmas service. I also liked the congregation congregating after the service in the Parish Hall (with the lighting dimmed, and illumination provided by candle light) for egg nog ("with" and "without") and fellowship before heading home to wrap or place gifts under the tree, or to sleep.
Robert Cook: I've never heard the term "cafeteria catholic." What does it mean?I cafeteria Catholic is someone who is nominally a member of the Roman Catholic Church, but who picks and chooses which of the Church's teachings to follow. Like ordering off a menu at a cafeteria - "I'll have the no meat on Fridays, but hold the no abortions, please."
I was also a thurifer. Quite the promotion from boat boy. I love the smell of ecclesiastical incense. Maybe that's why I throw stalks of fresh rosemary directly on the coals while grilling a leg of lamb?Merry Christmas to all, but especially to Ann and Meade.
"I cafeteria Catholic is someone who is nominally a member of the Roman Catholic Church, but who picks and chooses which of the Church's teachings to follow. Like ordering off a menu at a cafeteria - 'I'll have the no meat on Fridays, but hold the no abortions, please.'"Ah, I see.Well...it's amusing, but moot anyway, as so much of the Catholic Church's theology (and to a lesser extent, the Episcopal Church as well, it being derived from the Catholic Church), is invented whole cloth and has no basis in Jesus' teachings.
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