Piling-on to SLC’s Gripe on Christmas Season

The other day over at St. Louis Catholic, my amigo griped about his neighbors, building management, etc. apparently ditching Christmas greetings and/or decoration.  Let me add another local operation: Steinberg Skating Rink.  They have pretty much done the same thing.  Although there are still some Christmasy decorations up, the SiriusXM channel moved off of Christmas music (played during Advent…imagine that) to whatever channel played the Top 100 ‘Cassette Tape Era’ Classics Countdown.  Instead of Christmas music, we were inundated with Hair-Band “classics” among others.

So, instead of skating with my older children, listening to the likes of Bing Crosby and Burl Ives, we skated to such holiday classics as Jet Airliner, Sweet Emotion, Every Body’s Working for the Weekend, Blinded by the Light, Livin’ on a Prayer, and countless others that (I thought) I had recessed the lyrics into cold storage (#foliesofyouth).  Believe it or not, SLC, I would have welcomed Bob Dylan over this stuff!

I took my oldest three on Friday and little Peanut (below) for her first skating trip ever the next day.  Friday’s event turned out to be a Who’s-Who of the Oratory, including our now infamous vicar, recently featured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.  It so happened he was asked to interview with another freelance reporter while there.  I’m not sure, however, when that article would be posted.

Friday’s at the skating rink was uberly crowded, but Saturday morning was much quieter and was perfect for her first time skating and seeing a Zamboni. But the same music loop played…blah…but we did not let that let that enjoy our time there.

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Here is a nicely written article about our vicar, Canon Commins!


Enjoy the story and try to keep up with him on the ice. I know I can’t do it!  Pray, please, for the souls that may be assisted in their conversion by Canon’s presence.

Merry Christmas and Happy Skating!

If we needed another reason to think highly of Cardinal Burke…

All regular Masses at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe up in Wisconsin will be Ad Orientem!

From the Church Militant article:

“It is not a question of the priest turning his back to the faithful but rather directing himself, with the faithful, to Christ Who makes sacramentally present His Sacrifice for our eternal salvation,” he (Burke) explained.

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VIDEO: Does This 1944 Christmas Eve Mass Look Anything Like Yours?

I can claim that YES our Christmas Mass looks like this! (Except in full color!)

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Many of my readers have no doubt seen this video before. Nevertheless, it’s worth sharing again to highlight the timeless beauty of the Traditional Mass, particularly as we approach Christmas.

The clip itself is taken from the 1944 film Christmas Holiday starring Deanna Durbin, Gene Kelly, and Dean Harens. The scene below was filmed at Christmas Eve Mass at St. Vibiana’s, the old Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. As noted by New Liturgical Movement, the music in the clip includes Puer natus in Bethlehem, the Kyrie from Licinio Refice’s Missa Choralis and Adeste fideles.

Sadly, many Catholics viewing this today would find little in common with the Christmas Masses they’ve celebrated in the past. The liturgical rupture is too significant; the break with tradition too extensive.

For those who attend traditional parishes, however, the story is quite different. The Solemn High Mass heard by my family last…

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