Archive for December, 2006

The Ascent of Mount Carmel continues with a chapter on the dos and don’ts of rejoicing in things of the senses.

Chs. 24-26



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Fatherless Fanny continues. The odious Lord Somertown manages to rise from his sickbed in order to pay a call — and begins to muster his forces against Fanny.

Chapter 15: A Morning Visit.


Due to my continuing throat and time problems, I’ll be skipping Gerusalemme Liberata again this week. Sorry, folks. I’ll catch up on the epic poetry once things slow down at work again, and I stop having to stay late and such….

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The Nebuly Coat continues with a pivotal chapter.

I know not many of you have been following this book, but the mystery plot, the romantic plot, and the small town plot all pay off in this ominous chapter. The intertwined points of view are so well done that you hardly notice what a difficult and intricate thing the author is doing. This book only has 23 chapters, so go download and catch up!

Chapter 18


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If you want to hear some real folk religious hymns, Sonific has samples of a couple as performed by Aine Minogue.

“Caoineadh na dTri Muire” (The Keen of the Three Marys) is an old Irish song from the POV of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, as she stood at the foot of the Cross with Mary Salome and Mary Magdalene. Very few keens survive, as they were usually improvised and thought to be extremely unlucky to imitate or repeat in non-funeral situations; but this unusual hymn is an exception.

“A Iosa, B’im Chroise” is the harp tune of an old Irish hymn.  This sort of “slow air” is unjustly neglected by most non-Celtic musicians striving to “sound Celtic”.

“Deus Meus” is some kind of setting of the 7th century Latin/Irish hymn “Deus Meus, Adiuva Me”.

The album is full of unusual stuff like that. A few have New Age-y or Enya-style arrangements of Celtic music, which I usually don’t like, but they don’t seem lame (for once), so this album seems worth making an exception. The problem is that the liner notes, although interesting and useful, also contain large helpings of Deep Thoughts. But the selections are so good, and so unusual! Sigh. This is how I ended up with quite a few other albums with annoying liner notes…..

Btw, it seems that Minogue’s holiday albums also have some nice rare material on them. Argh! My poor screaming wallet!

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Hymn VII definitely puts the flesh into Israel’s anticipation of Christ’s Advent and Incarnation.

St. Ephrem of Syria is known for his really awesome hymns. I’m betting this one never makes it into a modern church, though! (Amusing as it would be.)

Hymn VII


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Pastoral Care continues with the best approaches to use with the slothful and the hasty, and the meek and the passionate.

Book III, Chs. 15-16


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Against Heresies continues to answer Gnostic objections with a look at why Jerusalem’s destruction doesn’t disprove that God is God. Also, Irenaeus points out Jesus’ sayings about Abraham, and that Jesus did teach that He was Abraham’s God.

Book IV, Chapters 4-5


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