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December 2013
December 20, 2013

Ancient Advent Carol Echoes Across the Centuries

FOR CENTURIES BELIEVERS HAVE SUNG SONGS OF PRAISE HONORING CHRIST’S INCARNATION.  One of the earliest I have discovered is “Let all mortal flesh keep silent” which was written originally as a hymn as a part of the Liturgy of Saint James (as in brother of Jesus). Yes, some scholars think that these words were penned even […]

December 17, 2013

The Christmas Scale

  Whether true or not, this is a delightful story of a son’s memory of his mom trying to teach him to play the piano.  

December 12, 2013

Savor An Advent Carol Melody: Picardy or “How to listen with both ears”

Here is a lovely arrangement of the French Medieval melody “Picardy,” also known as “Let all mortal flesh keep silent.”  Enjoy the sonority of the English horn partnered with the pipe organ.  Below is a listening activity which I discovered while reading through Don Campbell’s fascinating book, “The Mozart Effect for Children.” Why not try […]

December 10, 2013

Establish a Christmas Music Library

  WHAT COMMUNICATES A MEMORY MORE THAN MUSIC?  What tool has God given us to use to write His Word upon our children’s hearts? What Christmas music are you going to incorporate into your family’s music culture?  If you’re not sure, then here’s a place to start.  And why not start today? You would like to […]

December 2, 2013

An Early Christian’s Advent Message

 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” AURELIUS CLEMENS PRUDENTIAUS, was an early Christian Spanish poet who probably died in 413. He was very passionate about following Christ, earnestly seeking holiness of life through mortifying the flesh. He was especially zealous in speaking against the heresies of his day through his poems, the “Divinum Mysterium,” being one of […]