Merry Christmas!

A Merry Christmas to all.

A few carols, arranged for guitar by John W Duarte, played by yours truly.

Silent Night:

The First Nowell:

Once in Royal David’s City:

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing:

Away in a Manger:

O Come, all Ye Faithful:

While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night:

See Amid the Winter’s Snow:

A Fred Hiltz Christmas

In his Christmas message, Fred Hiltz tells us that “as I read the Christmas story, I am always taken by the way we portray the innkeeper”, an odd fascination for an archbishop, since in the Biblical account of Christmas, there is no mention of an innkeeper. Still, the important thing about Christmas isn’t that it is an event of cosmic significance around which all history pivots, because God himself entered time as a baby, but that Canada must accept more Syrian migrants.

And for that we need an innkeeper.

The other problem is that Hiltz completely forgets about the little drummer boy.

O Magnum Mysterium

O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
jacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt portare
Dominum Christum.
Alleluia.

O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
was worthy to bear
Christ the Lord.
Alleluia!

Merry Christmas

It’s nine months until we celebrate the birth of Jesus and today is the Feast of the Annunciation.

I believe that the moment of conception is the moment a human being, made in God’s image, a person with an immortal soul, is created by God. For a Christian no other view stands up to scrutiny; no other view is logical.

Today, then, we celebrate the moment when God himself became fully Man while remaining fully God. Jesus emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. He emptied himself to the extent that he became a microscopic clump of cells embedded in the womb of one of his creatures.

EmbryoJesus came into the world at the moment of his conception.

Merry Christmas.

St. James Anglican Church in London builds replica Bethlehem wall to celebrate Christmas

Here is another example of the church using Christmas as an excuse to preach one-sided political tendentiousness rather than the Gospel:

More here and here, where you will find no mention of the fact that the wall exists to protect Israeli families from fanatical Islamist terrorists.

It does say:

The most unhelpful thing you can do is be pro one side; it just adds to the conflict.

By its own measure, St. James has just added to the conflict.

Christmas according to Fred Hiltz

It’s all about the UN Millennium goals, and speaking up for – not, you will note, directly helping, a task too difficult for today’s enervated mainline denominations – the poor.

Instead of celebrating the most important event in the universe’s history, the arrival of the Incarnate God, born of a Virgin, sinless, sacrificed for us and our only means of reconciliation with the Father, we have prosaic, idolatrous utopianism. A religion emptied of transcendence.

From here:

With Christmas approaching, Archbishop Fred Hiltz today urged Anglicans, via a CBC radio interview, to think about the poor and disadvantaged, saying the church “must be in the world and for the world” as Jesus Christ was.

In the gospels, “we see quite clearly that he [Jesus] cared as much for people’s physical well-being as their spiritual well-being,” Hiltz said when asked by CBC Toronto Metro Morning’s Matt Galloway about why he’s asking Anglicans to become stronger advocates for social justice. “The church has a moral obligation, rooted in the gospel and in the teaching of the prophets long before Jesus. We have a moral obligation…to speak up for those who are disadvantaged, for the poor and for the downtrodden.”

[….]

Hiltz noted that eliminating extreme hunger and poverty was one of the UN Millennium goals (to which Anglicans worldwide have been asking their governments to demonstrate commitment).

Santa distributes condoms and needles

Christmas, as everyone knows, is all about indiscriminate sex with strangers and injecting oneself with soul numbing opiates; it’s what makes the season festive.

Consequently, unlike cigarette manufacturers who are compelled to print gruesome photographs illustrating the effect of their noxious merchandise, a taxpayer funded New York health clinic has adopted the strategy of immersing itself in the spirit of the season by having Santa and his elves distribute condoms and needles.

Barring an accidental overdose or exertion induced heart attack, City Wide Harm Reduction is making Christmas safe for the less than stable Christmas reveller.