nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
From the Showings of Dame Julian of Norwich (long text), as translated by M.L. de Mastro:
Of all the visions I that I saw, this one was the greatest comfort to me -- that our God and Lord, who is so worthy of reverence and so awesome, is so unassuming, homely and courteous. This most completely filled me with delight and security of soul.

For the better understanding of this, he gave this plain example. The greatest honor a solemn king or a great lord can do a poor servant is to be homely with him, friendly and unpretentious, and specifically, if he show the servant this familiarity himself in all sincerity and with a glad expression both in private and in public. Then this poor creature thinks thus, "Ah, how could this noble lord give me more honor and joy than by showing me, who am so little and simple, this marvelous homeliness, unassuming friendliness? Truly, it is a greater joy and delight to me than if he gave me great gifts and were himself distant in manner." This human example was shown so intensely in order that man's heart might be ravished and he might almost forget himself for joy at this great unassuming friendliness.

And thus it is between our Lord Jesus and us, for truly, it is the greatest joy possible, as I see it, that he who is highest and mightiest, noblest and worthiest, becomes lowest and meekest, homeliest, friendliest and most courteous.
Merry Christmas!
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You don't have to be Christian to appreciate this one (though it helps to know the basic elements of the story being parodied -- and to have a nodding acquaintance with a certain social media site):
The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Facebook
Sniggled from [livejournal.com profile] nateprentice. Share and enjoy! (Note: It's a .pdf, not a web page.)
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From the World Day of Peace address of Pope Benedict XVI:
Respect for creation is of immense consequence, not least because “creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God’s works,” and its preservation has now become essential for the pacific coexistence of mankind. Man’s inhumanity to man has given rise to numerous threats to peace and to authentic and integral human development -- wars, international and regional conflicts, acts of terrorism, and violations of human rights. Yet no less troubling are the threats arising from the neglect -- if not downright misuse -- of the earth and the natural goods that God has given us. For this reason, it is imperative that mankind renew and strengthen “that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying.”
Amen. Full text here.
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Biblical Archaeology Review has an interesting article here summing up for a popular audience the current state of the scholarship on why Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25. It's not what you might think:
In the end we are left with a question: How did December 25 become Christmas? We cannot be entirely sure. Elements of the festival that developed from the fourth century until modern times may well derive from pagan traditions. Yet the actual date might really derive more from Judaism -- from Jesus’ death at Passover, and from the rabbinic notion that great things might be expected, again and again, at the same time of the year -- than from paganism. Then again, in this notion of cycles and the return of God’s redemption, we may perhaps also be touching upon something that the pagan Romans who celebrated Sol Invictus, and many other peoples since, would have understood and claimed for their own too.
I'm always up for an appeal to the surviving documentation -- also for a more nuanced view of the development of early Christianity in its social as well as theological milieu. The reductionists who deny either the inculturation or the uniqueness of Christmas make me sad, which is unfitting for the holiday:

Tempus adest gratiae
Hoc quod optabamus;
Carmina laetitiae
Devote reddamus.

ETA: Don't read the comments on the article. Wanking over the use of "CE/BCE" is not appropriate to the holiday, either.
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Happy belated Independence Day to my fellow Americans! I spent the day engaged in those two most patriotic of pursuits: shopping (bought me a ceiling fan on sale, yay!) and watching baseball (my team pulled itself out of a month-long slump to beat their divisional arch-rivals, yay redux!). The rest of the time I sat around with my feet up doing nothing at all. Lovely.

Then, of course, I had to return to work. I spent the day wading hip-deep through Salzburg emigrants, finishing up the cataloging on a collection of 18th-century pamphlets and broadsides I first turned my hand to six months ago. (Background for the curious: in 1731, the Catholic Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg booted out all the Protestants in his realm; Frederick William I of Prussia, sensing a potential propaganda coup, offered them sanctuary in an underpopulated area of his demesne, and a ream of anti-Catholic polemic was born. Some of the emigrants went other places, notably the American colony of Georgia; a substantial collection of information about them is still held in a library down that way, I believe.) One of my professional colleagues upstairs had spent the intervening half-year tracking down the answers to my questions; I have nothing but respect for her research skills, because she seems to have left no relevant stone unturned. I tried to incorporate as much of what she gave me as I could into my records without letting the notes get out of hand. For my own part, I was surprised to discover that you can buy a stock photo of the German National Library's copy of an illustration of a pious emigrant family that we have on a broadside. I hadn't thought there'd be a market for images of displaced 18th-century European Protestants sheltering under the wings of the Prussian eagle, but I guess I just don't have an entrepreneurial mind.
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Sniggled from [livejournal.com profile] cornerofmadness:

Ding dong! verily the sky
Is riv'n with nebroadwe singing.

Ding Dong Merrily on High
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :
Hrmph. I don't carol that loudly, even when the score calls for fortissimo.
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