The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter! (This will all look and work better if you click on the actual post and do not remain on the main page.)
Today I bring you two giveaways along with fun and fabulous links! These items are timely for Christmas and I know you will love them. Just leave a comment to tell me which one you would like — I’m giving away one of each.
First, get excited about this Collection of Christmas Carols! (It’s here as well, on Amazon *edited to say, but get the other one from Lulu, because being able to lay it flat on the piano is a great plus*.) Ben Bloomfield has collected and published in a handy coil binder form a great collection of Advent and Christmas carols. Accomplished composer and music director Samuel Schmitt says, “A wonderful collection – excellent selection and arrangements.” (He also said something about the music being beautifully engraved — I’m getting this from Ben’s brother Will’s Facebook post — and I don’t know what that means so I’m leaving it out. It’s not on a stone tablet or anything… ) The carols and chants are all arranged for singing in parts.
We all need this, people! We desperately need to revive all the carols, with all their verses, and all their parts, STAT. If I hear one more funky (or standard, for that matter) version of Let It Snow or Santa Baby or let’s be honest, Jingle Bells, curse them, I am going out of my everlasting mind — and I don’t even hardly go shopping! — and meanwhile, all the poetic expression of the deepest truths of our faith set to the most lovely tunes ever heard are being lost. It used to be that every child in America sang these traditional carols from before he could toddle along to the neighborhood wassail. No longer.
Let’s fix that in our very own homes! By getting this book!* You can certainly view it here — undoubtedly you could print it out and bind it yourself. However, I would wager that would cost you more than its price, which is quite reasonable. Love, love, love it.
*It takes a few days to print and then to ship, so that’s why I’m giving you this early distant warning!
Second, have you ever seen a Rosary abacus sort of thing like this before?
It’s a great idea, isn’t it? If you are praying while you are doing something that doesn’t allow you to hold your rosary beads, or if you need to step away and will lose your place, this sliding bead arrangement comes to the rescue. You can prop it up with the prop thingie in the back, or hang it with the hanging… thingie (do they have technical terms??). A child could keep track for you as well.
Best of all, buying these supports a new monastic foundation in Tasmania. We have become aware of the Notre Dame Priory through a dear friend who keeps us updated on this important initiative for the Church. You can read all about it here and here. The important thing to know is that these men are devoted to the Liturgy and to the Benedictine life — just what we need, no matter how far away, geographically, it seems to be. (Maybe it’s close to some of you?)
“Our most important prayer is the solemn celebration of the Sacred Liturgy with the Holy Mass and Divine Office eight times a day, source and summit of the life of the Church. Our first and most important work — enshrining the apostolic and missionary dimension of our life in the tradition of such great Benedictine figures as St Augustine of Canterbury, St Boniface, Archbishop Bede Polding, Bishop Rosendo Salvado — is to provide silent and guided retreats, both in the future monastery precincts and in other venues where silence can be maintained, based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, an invaluable aid for the conversion of souls and their ongoing progress in reaching sanctity.”
The Kitchen Rosary is made by a benefactor who donates everything, so every penny goes to the Priory! Wouldn’t this make a beautiful gift for someone on your list?
Just leave a comment telling me which of these you would hope to win (or if you don’t care which), and we will draw at some point in the middle of the week.
On to our links!
- A long and thought-provoking read on the “three necessary societies” — yes, it’s true that the challenges to our life together here on earth have changed, but that’s the beauty of principles, isn’t it — they don’t change.
- David Clayton is working on Pontifex, an online university for the promotion of Catholic culture. I like this article about the sacred art in Durham Cathedral, in the St. Alban’s tradition. As always, David’s interest is not merely academic — he is encouraging us to incorporate traditional forms in our own perception and execution (if we execute) of art.
- The National Gallery director on religious art, family singalongs, and the Marian painting that survived the Puritans. A little cultural curriculum is tucked in this article!
- I always find Christopher Caldwell incisive, and here he is both whimsical and serious, remembering what writing a paper check was like and wondering if it was really all bad: “You get lured through the door of innovation with the option of doing things a new way, and while you’re figuring out whether you like it, the door through which you entered slams shut.” Privilege Your Check.
- Here is a really charming and short video that envisions a portion of the first violin score for the fourth movement of Ferdinand Ries’ Second Symphony as a rollercoaster! (Click over to our site to view if you don’t see the video below.)
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