Tomorrow is Pentecost. Since the beginning of December Christians have reflected on the first and second comings of Jesus, of the humility of his life and the triumph of his death and death and resurrection. After Pentecost the remainder of the Church year is spent in what is termed Ordinary Time. It may seem that …

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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 …

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