Twelfth Night

Made famous by the Shakespearean play, Twelfth Night marks the end of the Christmas season. Twelve Days of Christmas In Christianity, Twelfth Night is a holiday on January 5 that marks the 12th and final night of the Christmas season. The Twelve Days of Christmas are the twelve days beginning on night of Christmas...

The anonymous hand: Lullay, mine liking

“Lullay, mine liking” is a Middle English lyric poem or carol of the 15th century which frames a narrative describing an encounter of the Nativity with a song sung by the Virgin Mary to the infant Christ. The refrain is an early example of an English lullaby; the term “lullaby” is thought to originate with the “lu lu” or “la la” sound made by mothers or nurses...

Isaac Watts’s “Joy to the World”

  “Joy to the World” is a popular Christmas Carol. The words are by English hymn writer Isaac Watts, based on the second half of Psalm 98 in the Bible. The song was first published in 1719 in Watts’ collection; The Psalms of David: Imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the...

Places of Worship, Volume 1

A place of worship is a specially designed structure or consecrated space where individuals or a group of people such as a congregation come to perform acts of devotion, veneration, or religious study. A building constructed or used for this purpose is sometimes called a house of worship. Temples, churches, and mosques are examples of structures created for worship. We’ve wondered around the...

Antonio Vivaldi: Priest, Educator & Composer

Antonio Vivaldi was a 17th and 18th century composer who’s become one of the most renowned figures in European classical music. Synopsis Born on March 4, 1678, in Venice, Italy, Antonio Vivaldi was ordained as a priest though he instead chose to follow his passion for music. A prolific composer who created hundreds of...

Silence

The Basic Practice Silence is often referred to in terms of space: the immensity inside, the cave of the heart, the oasis of quiet, the inner sanctuary, the interior castle, the sacred center where God dwells. For centuries, people have used this practice as a resting and renewal stop on the spiritual journey. It provides...