O Little Town of Bethlehem

12 Days of Christmas Songs -- Day 4

12/28/2010 Comment

by Shawn McDonald

Filmed at the Church of the Nativity by Ethnographic Media for their film Little Town of Bethlehem, which follows the story of three separate men, each from a different religion, who grew up in the Holy Land amidst perpetual war and constant conflict:

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King...READ MORE

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Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)

12 Days of Christmas Songs -- Day 3

12/27/2010 Comments (2)

by Amy Grant

I have traveled
Many moonless night
Cold and Weary
With a babe inside
And I wonder
What I’ve done
Holy Father
You have come
Chosen me now
To carry your son

I am waiting
in a silent prayer
I am frightened
by the load I bear
In a world as cold as stone
Must I walk this path alone
Be with me now
Be with me now

Breath of Heaven
Hold me together
Be forever near me
Breath of Heaven

Breath of Heaven
Lighten my darkness
Pour over me, your holyness
For your holy Breath of Heaven

Do you wonder
As you watch my face
If a wiser one, should of had my place
But I offer-all I am
For the mercy-of your plan
Help me be strong
Help me be
Help me


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What Child Is This?

12 Days of Christmas Songs -- Day 2

12/26/2010 Comments (4)

by Sarah McLachlan

What child is this who laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping

This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, haste to bring him laud
The babe, the son of Mary

Why lies he in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding
Good Christian fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh
Come peasant king to own Him
The King of kings, salvation brings
Let loving hearts enthrone Him

This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, haste to bring him laud
The babe, the son of Mary

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Minuit, Chrétiens

12 Days of Christmas Songs -- Day 1

12/25/2010 Comments (1)

Merry Christmas!

During the twelve days of Christmas, I will be sharing some of my favorite Christmas songs, performed by various contemporary artists, here on the blog. I hope that you too will be willing to share links to some of your favorites in the comments.

To get us started, we have the classic Minuit, Chrétiens, performed by Tino Rossi. This French hymn was the inspiration for O Holy Night, the English version (with very different lyrics).

We usually attend the midnight Mass at our parish where in the French Canadian tradition, our pastor sings this beautiful hymn in both French and English. We’re traveling this year, so I will miss hearing this song in my home parish, but we can...READ MORE

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Why I'm Giving Up Communion On the Tongue

12/20/2010 Comments (516)

I have always received the Eucharist on the tongue.

This is not something I usually get all political or righteous about. I understand that many devout people hold different opinions on this topic and that “good” Catholics are free to receive on the hand or on the tongue. For me, though, receiving on the tongue has always felt like the most appropriate way to recognize and respect Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist.

But now I’m not so sure anymore.

While I still very much prefer to receive on the tongue, I am afraid that option is becoming a less reasonable choice for me. And, ironically, it’s becoming a less respectful way to receive the Eucharist.

At the Masses I attend, more...READ MORE

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What About Santa?

12/15/2010 Comments (49)

Do you teach your kids that Santa is real? Or do you worry that such tales might interfere with their understanding of the real meaning of Christmas?

I see this typical topic of debate has been making the rounds online as usual among Catholics this Advent season.

It has been my experience that intelligent, well-intentioned people fall on both sides of the Santa debate and in many places in between. I think that ultimately, how you feel about Santa Claus is largely determined by how you were raised.

If you were raised believing in Santa and it was a beautiful, magical experience for you, you are going to want to share that with your own kids. If you were raised not believing in Santa (as...READ MORE

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Where's the Line to See Jesus?

Great Song, Great Message

12/09/2010 Comments (12)

Becky Kelley is an up and coming Christian country artist with a great message for this Christmas season.

Her new release, Where’s the Line to See Jesus?, was inspired by her 4-year-old nephew Spencer who saw the lines to see Santa at the mall and asked an innocent question: “Where’s the line to see Jesus?”

This sweet observation inspired Becky’s father to write down the words to this song. Becky recorded it with a band and put it on YouTube last year just before Christmas where it became a hit. Click play on the video above to hear the song for yourself.

Becky writes on her website:

Out of the mouths of babes come profound truths that many adults can not understand. Hopefully...READ MORE

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Sarah Palin Kills Caribou, Ratings Rise

12/07/2010 Comments (22)

Whether you like her politics or not, whether you watch her show or not, you’ve got to hand it to Sarah Palin. The woman knows how to elicit a reaction. And she’s not afraid of getting a little blood on her hands in the process.

The video above shows a clip from “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” her new reality TV show airing on TLC. In this episode, we see the former governor of Alaska and potential candidate for President shoot and kill a caribou while on a hunting trip with her dad.

Anticipating a storm of protest, Palin posted a preemptive strike on her Facebook page the day the episode was scheduled to air:

“Tonight’s hunting episode of Sarah Palin’s Alaska ‘controversial’? Really? Unless...READ MORE

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Danielle Bean, a wife and mother of eight, is editorial director of Faith & Family magazine and author of My Cup of Tea, Mom to Mom, Day to Day, and most recently Small Steps for Catholic Moms. Read more of her blogging at Faith & Family Live and DanielleBean.com.