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W.A. Mozart: Regina Coeli in C major, K. 276


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A wondrous comet appeared…

In 1552, a curious and lavishly illustrated manuscript titled Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs appeared in the  City of Augsburg, then a part of the Holy Roman Empire, located in present-day Germany. It exorcised, in remarkable detail and wildly imaginative artwork, Medieval … Continue reading

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For the first Sunday in Advent…

The first Sunday in Advent calls for Bach (BWV 62 ” Nun kommt der Heiden Heiland” And what I am saying to you I say to all: Stay awake!’ (Mk 13,37)

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Be joyful…

Once again the mystery and magic of Christmas can be felt all around us. We may have become a bit cynical about the commercial aspects of season’s giving, but all the hectic and noise are a useful contrast to what … Continue reading

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Fair as the moon, choice as the sun

A little pre-Christmas treat: Van Eyk’s Lucca Madonna with a beautiful Josquin motette…. Enjoy… Josquin Desprez, Virgo prudentissima Virgo prudentissima quo progrederis quasi aurora valde rutilans filia Sion, pulchra ut luna, electa ut sol O most wise virgin, where are … Continue reading

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The story is the teaching

Adyashanti on the story of Jesus Christ Consciousness Within

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In natali domini

Looking at early nativity scenes and their symbolism. This one is from the Bergognone, a contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci. I am intrigued by the half rotten apple and the ” vitarca mudra” the Madonna is forming with her hands. … Continue reading

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Christmas Magic

What would  Christmas be without the Nutcracker Suite ? This version is from the 1940 Walt Disney film ” Fantasia”

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Chocolate dreams

I am dreaming of a sweet Christmas…

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Away in a manger

The nativity scenes at Christmas go back to St Francis of Asisi in the 13th century. Many churches in Austria have very elaborate, valuable and old pieces at display. This is a particularly beautiful one from Mariazell:

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