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Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly by Kate Rusby – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 30

New Year’s Eve (or Hogmanay) falls during the twelve days of Christmas.
A carol that refers directly to the change of year is Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly.
I like Kate Rusby’s rendition from 2014’s Angels And Men.
“Fast away the old year passes,
Hail the new, both lads and lasses…”

Blessed New Year everyone.


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2019 Hide And Seek Champion, Along With Every Other Year Since 1983 (via Cannot Unsee)

As Cannot Unsee points out, this could be a record, although no one knew he was hiding.


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Of The Father’s Love Begotten by John Michael Talbot – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 29

In the twelve days of Christmas December 30 can also be a feast of the holy family.
Here’s John Michael Talbot (and friends) singing Of The Father’s Love Begotten.


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We Walk Into The Future Backwards (via Robert Farrar Capon)

While the future is ahead of us, we find ourselves facing the past; there is a comfort in focussing on what we know more certainly that bids us orient ourselves toward what has been rather than the uncertainties of what will be.
Facing the unknown and uncertain future results in us looking in a direction where we are more able to freshly appreciate the works of God rather than explain them away.

…it isn’t only death that comes from behind. The whole of the future approaches from the same direction. We like to think that we walk into it forwards – that tomorrow is somewhere up ahead of us and that, while it may be hidden by mists, we’re still at least looking the right way. But in fact the only thing before our mind’s eye now is yesterday. It’s the past we see clearly; the future we can’t see at all. And we we miss it not because of thick clouds or bad vision but because it’s 180 degrees out of sight. What will happen after this is, quite literally, aft of us. We walk into the future backwards.

Robert Farrar Capon, The Youngest Day, Mockingbird, 2019, pg 14.


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Simeon’s Song by Ordinary Time – Christmas (Sunday )Songs 2019 Day 28

Continuing through twelve days of Christmas, one text that is part of December 29 is Luke 2: 25-35, the Song Of Simeon, also called the Nunc Dimittis (from Latin ‘Now You Dismiss’). It’s also a feast day of Thomas Beckitt, but that’s not so exciting for singing about.
There are many song versions of Simeon’s Song, but I like the sound of Ordinary Time, an acoustic folk trio.

The lyrics:
Now You can dismiss Your servant in peace.
As you have promised, so you have done.
This child will make a child of me
Just before night my morning has come!

Some will say that the Lord need not come,
Holding their torches to light their own way.
But I am old, hopes have faded away
Save this one hope in my arms this day.

My eyes have seen your salvation
You are the LORD, Your lips do not lie
Promised to Adam, promised to me
My eyes have seen. Now I can die.

Words and Music (C) 2006: Ben Keyes


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 52

Question 52
What hope does everlasting life hold for us?

Answer
It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation.


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Coventry Carol by Pentatonix – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 27

December 28 is the day some parts of the church remember the account recorded in Matthew’s Gospel where Herod orders the death of children in order to end the life of Jesus.
The Coventry Carol is based on that awful event.
Here it is sung by Pentatonix.