The Fifth Day of Christmas
Sunday, December 29, 2013, 7:00 AM


Puer Natus in Bethlehem

A Child is born in Bethlehem
Lyrics below



Merry Christmas
Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 7:00 AM

“Behold, I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5

O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen

O magnum mysterium
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum
jacentem in praesepio.

O beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt
portare Dominum Jesum Christum.

Ave Maria, gratia plena: Dominus tecum.

O beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt
portare Dominum Jesum Christum.

Alleluia!

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O great mystery
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord
lying in a manger!

O blessed is the Virgin, whose womb
was worthy to bear Christ the Lord.

Hail Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with you.

Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
was worthy to bear Christ the Lord.

Alleluia!

A blessed Christmas from your friends at Touchstone!



Christ is Born. Glorify Him!
Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 11:59 PM

Arabic Christmas Carol



Christmas Midnight Mass
Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 11:00 PM

Messe De Minuit (1690) by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 – 1704)



Lully Lulla Lullay
Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 12:00 PM

A haunting and particularly beautiful modern version of an old English carol by the talented Philip Stopford:

“Lully Lulla Lullay”

(The carol refers to the Massacre of the Innocents, in which Herod ordered all male infants under the age of two in Bethlehem to be killed. Citation.)

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay.

O sisters too, How may we do
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling,
For whom we do sing,
By by, lully lullay?

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay.

Herod, the King, In his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might,
In his own sight,
All young children to slay.

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay.

That woe is me, Poor child for thee!
And ever morn and day,
For thy parting
Nor say nor sing
By by, lully lullay!

By Philip Stopford and Ecclesium



Advent IV
Sunday, December 22, 2013, 7:00 AM

Johann Sebastian Bach, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61

Cantata for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

Performed by the Munich Bach Choir under the direction of Karl Richter.



Advent III
Sunday, December 15, 2013, 7:00 AM

Veni, Veni Emmanuel
Veni veni, Emmanuel
captivum solve Israel,
qui gemit in exsilio,
privatus Dei Filio.

R: Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel,
nascetur pro te Israel!
(more…)



Advent II
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 7:00 AM

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
(Courtesy of anonymous Lutheran brethren)

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Words: Charles Wesley



Advent I
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 3:18 PM

Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending

Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favored sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign.

Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

Every island, sea, and mountain,
Heav’n and earth, shall flee away;
All who hate Him must, confounded,
Hear the trump proclaim the day:
Come to judgment! Come to judgment! Come to judgment!
Come to judgment! Come away!

Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All His saints, by man rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
See the day of God appear!

Answer Thine own bride and Spirit,
Hasten, Lord, the general doom!
The new Heav’n and earth t’inherit,
Take Thy pining exiles home:
All creation, all creation, all creation,
Travails! groans! and bids Thee come!

The dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears;
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
O come quickly! O come quickly! O come quickly!
Everlasting God, come down!

Sung by The Anglican Chorale, Christ Church Cathedral under the direction of Rosemary C. Hanna (Nassau, Bahamas)



Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 28, 2013, 6:54 AM

Psalm 117[118] (In English)

Give praise to Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Thank you, God

(In honor of the rare coincidence of the Hannukah and Thanksgiving holidays.)

Have a blessed day!


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