Tuesday, December 23, 2008

In the Bleak Midwinter

From the Anchoress:

I do not think I have ever heard this hymn before. But it goes along with my belief that we Catholics should simply adopt the old Anglican hymnal.


William R. Barker said...

"...NEVER heard this hymn before...???"

Oh, Anthony.

Oh, Anthony... oh, Anthony... oh, Anthony...


Seriously... one Christmas Eve or Christmas Day you should attend an Episcopal mass.

(And I'm talking as someone who is equally at home attending Catholic and Protestant Church services.)

"Bleak Winter" is always on our Christmas Eve mass hymn list. It's a kick ass hymn... in a somber sort of way! (*CHUCKLE*) (*GRIN*)


Anthony said...

Bill -- that is why I think the American Catholic church should just take over the Anglican hymnal.

William R. Barker said...

And for GOD'S sake...

STOP holding masses in cafeterias and gymnaseums!



Anthony said...

Bill -- I actually prefer a gymmnasium or cafeteria to most modern Catholic churches. Though in fairness, you cannot tell the difference.

When I was a kid growing up on Long Island, my church was a small farming town chruch that suddenly had to deal with an influx of suburbanites. So as a kid, we had Mass in the auditorium of the school, and on Holy Days, the Cafeteria. That ended once the church was expanded.

But many modern churches seem purposefully ugly or utilirarian.

A friend of mine (also Catholic) says that the ultimate new Catholic church wshould be dedicated to "Saint Mary of the Drywall".

Jean said...

I don't know who wrote the music, but the lyrics are already Anglo-Catholic. It's a poem written by Christina Rossetti.

Anthony said...

Jean -- I think Holst of "The Panets" fame wrote the arrangement.

As for Miss Rossetti, I looked her up and you are right, she was quite important in the Anglo-Catholic movement. Interestingly, she never married as her boyfriends had the habit of converting to Catholicism.

I attended a High Church Anglican wedding once and must admit that I fell in love with the language and the hymns.