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Twas 2 weeks before Christmas...

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Dec 12, 2003

Why is the Pope having a Christmas concert in the Vatican in the third week of Advent? In New York, St. Patrick's Cathedral had lighted Christmas trees at the front doors on Thanksgiving. Most parishes routinely have Christmas in Advent.

It is bad enough that St. Patrick's "day" (which now extends to a couple of weeks) has ruined Lent. As St. Paul used to say, Humbug!

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2003 4:15 PM ET USA

    To the contrary, Pseudo D -- we are Festivus people. Advent is just another outdated observance of a sin-based religion that doesn't reflect our progress and self-actualization. Pass the haunted reindeer cookies, please.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Dec. 15, 2003 11:40 AM ET USA

    Why? Why indeed. The answer is simple. Now that the miscreant ecclessial buffoons have messed up our Holy Seasons, we have to give a free shot (in the name of ecumenical dialogue of course) to all other faiths (including all 28,000 Protestant denominations, Pagans, Wiccans, Hip Hop). Quite a world we live in, when I'd rather take my kids to either a Byzantine rite, or a Synagogue for putting the Mystery back in Christmas. We are an Advent people.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 14, 2003 12:33 AM ET USA

    In USA St. Patrick's "celebrations" have been ruining Lent for generations. Worse: so many are Church-sponsored, and on Church property. But erasing Advent has been a creeping process for a shorter time. We need to boycott "Hallowe'en," or suppress it all together. We need to stress that Advent is meant to be a spiritual preparation for our Lord's return or for his coming to fetch us as individuals. In some rites the *Dies Irae* was the sequence for 1st Sunday of Advent. Ponder that one !

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Dec. 13, 2003 4:06 PM ET USA

    Yes, Diogenes, this is worthy of note. May all priests strive by God's Grace, to catechize their parishioners about the preparation they need in order to truly and humbly celebrate the birthday of the Only Savior of the world and be ready for His Second Coming: Go to Jesus in Sacrament of Confession; go to Jesus in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist... and pray, always.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 13, 2003 12:55 PM ET USA

    Actually, there is no Christmas. Today we celebrate a hybrid of Halloween and Christmas. No official name for it yet but Christween, Halmass or even Festivus would do. It starts in mid-October when the stores are decorated in the colors of both the previously separate holidays (someone must have decided that orange, black, red and green complement each other). At mid-point there is the Feast of Football when we take a 4 or 5 day weekend. It all ends Dec. 24th when the last cash register closes.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 12, 2003 5:53 PM ET USA

    Diogenes - you are destined to be always correct. Lonely but correct. Be sure to have a fruitful advent and a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ and Happy New Year.

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