Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Silent night, holy night

The twenty-fifth day of December,
when ages beyond number had run their course
from the creation of the world,
when God in the beginning created heaven and earth,
and formed man in his own likeness...
— from the Roman Martyrology

Here we are after the Mass at Midnight (celebrated at 9 pm in my parish).  By what I would consider a true miracle,1 I had breath and voice enough to chant the Christmas Proclamation (as the contralto I really am, not the soprano my choir director knows me as). That was, however, pretty much it for my voice.  Back to vocal rest!

For the moment I'm happily in my chair with my foot up (with a feline to keep it warm), a fire in the fireplace and trying to decide whether I want to read the new book Crash got me (Mysticism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam -- by his Problem of God professor) or play with the new (chemistry) crayons the Boy gave me.

May your holiday be full of grace!


1.  Aided no doubt by 3 days of vocal care — and full rest — and some good medicinal chemistry to subdue the asthma exacerbation the virus that stole my voice.

9 comments:

  1. Keep that cat around. I have a memory that I once read that purring is a healing energy. Merry Christmas

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    1. Merry Christmas, Wayne! And yes, the cat is a healing presence indeed....

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  2. What a lovely family photo - everyone looks so happy to be a foursome once more!

    Another mystery of the Roman Catholic Church - Midnight Mass at 9:00 p.m. or at 11:00 p.m. as it is at our parish. No explanation is necessary.

    I hope your Christmas was wonderful.

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    1. I still miss midnight Mass celebrated at midnight, but as I get older, I get the practicalities of 9 pm. Practicality versus mystery, it's a tough call in my life!

      And it's great to be together! I hope you, too, are having a marvelous Christmas!

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  3. I love that family photo! Thanks for being here, in this space.

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    1. Thanks for being part of the virtual community, Allison! Merry Christmas!

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  4. Beautiful photo! I wish you days of peace and enjoyment with your family, felines and books!

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  5. I am glad Fluffy is keeping you company! Those chemistry crayons look amazingly awesome!

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    1. The crayons are amazing fun!!

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