Presidents’ Day

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“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” ~Thomas Jefferson

The Gate of the Year

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Every New Year’s Eve we run this excerpt from a wonderful poem – popularly known as “The Gate of the Year” though the actual title is “God Knows.”  It was written more than 100 years ago by Minnie Louise Haskins. This is the poem in its entirety: And I said to the man who stood … Continued

Silent Night

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  Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant, so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night, holy night, Shepherds quake at the sight; Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ the Savior is born, Christ … Continued

Countdown to Christmas – 3 Days!

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  O little town of Bethlehem How still we see thee lie Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight. O Little Town of Bethlehem – Verse 1 Lyrics: Phillips … Continued

Countdown to Christmas – 4 Days!

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  Hark! the herald angels sing, Glory to the new-born King! Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled. Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies; With th’ angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem. Hark! the herald angels sing, Glory to the new-born King! Hark! The Herald … Continued

Countdown to Christmas – 5 Days!

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  Still, still, still, One can hear the falling snow. For all is hushed, The world is sleeping, Holy Star its vigil keeping. Still, still, still, One can hear the falling snow. Still, Still, Still – Verse 1 Austrian Carol: Traditional

Countdown to Christmas – 6 Days!

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  It came upon the midnight clear That glorious song of old From Angels playing near the earth To touch their harps of gold Peace on the earth good will to men From Heaven’s all-gracious King The world in solemn stillness lay To hear the Angels sing It Came Upon the Midnight Clear – Verse … Continued

Countdown to Christmas – 7 Days!

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  See amid the winter’s snow Born for us on earth below See the tender Lamb appears Promised from eternal years See, amid the Winter’s Snow – Verse 1 Lyrics: Edward Caswall

Countdown to Christmas – 8 Days!

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  Infant holy, Infant lowly, For His bed a cattle stall; Oxen lowing, Little knowing Christ the Babe is Lord of all. Swift are winging Angels singing, Noels ringing, Tidings bringing, Christ the Babe is Lord of all. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly – verse 1 Traditional Polish carol, translated to English by Edith Margaret Gellibrand

Countdown to Christmas – 10 Days!

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Ding dong merrily on high, In heav’n the bells are ringing: Ding dong! verily the sky Is riv’n with angel singing Gloria Hosanna in excelsis! Gloria Hosanna in excelsis! Ding Dong, Merrily on High – Verse 1 Lyrics: George Ratcliffe Woodward

Countdown to Christmas – 11 Days!

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  Adore like the shepherds! Your glad voices raise With those of the angels who sing in His praise. Your chorus will echo from earth to the sky, With Glory to God in His heaven most high! O Come, Little Children (Ihr Kinderlein, Kommet) – Verse 3 Lyric: Christoph von Schmid