St. Nicholas’ Night

The original Santa Claus / Was a man who lived in Turkey / A very long time ago, tis true / A jolly, dear old Bishop / Who took his duties seriously / And a smile when times were blue

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The Christmas Puzzle

Oh Christmas crib, oh Christmas crib, / What a privilege you were blessed to have / From you food to animals was given / And now you carry the Bread of Heaven / Oh Christmas crib, oh Christmas crib, / What a privilege you were blessed to have

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Christmas Choirs

Oh listen, listen, how the bells doth ring
Echoing over the blankets of winter’s sting
Like a single candle flickering in the night
Giving off some hope, warmth and light
Burn bright, burn long, and send incense up above
Like the Seraphim burning bright with love

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The Man Who Popularized the Modern Christmas

“The Man Who Popularized the Modern Christmas”, or something along the lines of “The Man Who Defined Christmas Traditions”, would have been better a better title than The Man Who Invented Christmas. I mean, it’s not a bad title, but there are implications that can be, shall we say, that becomes kinda problematic. But besides that and the fact that this is obviously a fictionalized account of Charles Dickens writing the book of A Christmas Carol, the movie was actually pretty well done. 

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Open

Open your eyes, look around you / What are the things you see? / The world is a great big, scary place / But oh the wonders there will be!

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A Great Thanksgiving

Start the day right by giving thanks to the Lord
And decorating with leaves, fruit, and gourds
Preparing the food as you sing
That’s part of what makes a great Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving to the Saints

Many denominations claim that praying to the saints are sacrilegious as they are dead and only God can answer prayers. Yet we continue to ask others to pray for us. The concept is the same with the saints who, proven through miracles obtained by God, are very much alive and living with Him in Heaven.

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Autumn 2022: The Virtue of Gratitude

Join us as we explore Gratitude, along with corresponding virtues Thanksgiving and Humility. In this issue you will find poetry, multiple examples of why thanksgiving is important, some thoughts on thoughts, a new story, a continuation of The Knights of Adonai, and more! Also, check out our photo contest entries…

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Celebrate All Saints Day

Come on everyone, get up and dance / God has given us a wonderful chance / Sing and shout, hip hip hooray! / It’s time to celebrate All Saints Day!

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Feasts of Saints

As the year draws to an end and the holidays loom ever larger on the horizon, I would like to talk about some big holidays in Europe that take place in autumn before we leave the season behind for the year.

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Summer 2022: The Virtue of Prudence

Join us as we explore Prudence, along with corresponding virtues Diligence, Discretion and Wisdom. In these pages you will find poetry, the first installment of a serial story, a discussion of boundaries, an interview with Phil Lollar of Adventures in Odyssey, and plenty more. We are also continuing our seasonal picture contest… check it out!

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The Riddle of Amaryllion: Part 5. Matthew’s Epilogue

“So, um, was the emergency taken care of satisfactorily?” asked Kathleen. 
Matthew nodded, “Very satisfactorily, thank you. And I certainly hope that another one will not rise which will prevent you from seeing the rabbit’s name.”

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The Riddle of Amaryllion: Part 3. The Second Clue

“You know how in all those fairy tales when someone’s under a curse and asks someone to do something or not to do something, there’s a reason behind it. I’ll trust Elliot and the rabbit on this one and not speak a word about what color it is.”

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The Riddle of Amaryllion: Part 1. A Strange Deal

All of the women are gathering because the mayor’s son has a giant, invisible rabbit ravaging the town and the only way to get rid of it is if a woman can actually see the rabbit. So far, everyone who’s tried has failed…

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Of Tales and Theatre

With the ongoing direction of turning Disney’s cartoon classic movies into live action adaptations, some that work, others that don’t, many seem to forget that live action fairy tales were the norm when Disney was doing animated movies. One of these was a mini series put together and hosted by Shelley Duvall; another was put together and hosted by Shirley Temple. 

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What Maid is This

This, this is the blessed woman
From whom God would take the nature of man
Hail, hail maid full of grace
Your answer will determine mankind’s fate

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Spring 2022: The Virtue of Temperance

Join us as we explore Temperance, with sides of Charity, Meekness and Forgiveness! Inside you’ll find a various thoughts on Temperance as well as a new ending to an old Greek myth, a review of a comic series and more. We are also introducing a contest… check it out!

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A Rainbow in The Garden

There’s a rainbow blooming in the garden
An array of colors adorning the sides of the path
As petals unfurl and release their sweet perfume
While melodies are swapped at the bird bath

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Lilies on the Altar

With tender care the lilies are arranged
Set on either side of the candlestick’s flame
A splash of white against the setting sun
Accenting the altar in a flowery frame

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