A Pleasant Surprise in the Extended Edition of “The Battle of the Five Armies”

When I first reviewed The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, I expressed disappointed that there were no scenes of Thorin’s funeral or Dain’s coronation, and I hoped they would be included in the extended edition. Well, after finally watching the extended edition, I am pleased to report that those scenes did actually appear.

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Epiphany House Blessing

The Epiphany House Blessing is something I think of every year, yet somehow I forget to mention it. Well, this year I remembered. This excellent article from Regina Magazine talks about the history of the Epiphany Blessing and provides the formula for it in case you want to say it for your own house.

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Doctor Who Review: Resolution *Contains Spoilers*

Doctor Who has given us a New Year’s special instead of a Christmas special this holiday season. Did it make up for the lackluster season 11? There be spoilers below…

As the trailers might have given away, “Resolution” signaled the return of the Daleks. This was a rather surprising development since Chris Chibnall was very adamant about not including any of the classic monsters in Jodie Whittaker’s first season as the Doctor (which makes me wonder if the slew of negative reviews made him desperate). I must say the Dalek parts were the best thing about the whole episode, and Chibnall managed to do something creative and new with them. What would happen if a Dalek got separated from its case? Apparently the answer is use a human as a puppet until a replacement case can be constructed.

Other than that, it was basically like the rest of season 11–bleh and meh. Oh, and having UNIT meet an undignified end at the hands of bureaucracy? That’s a step too far, Chibnall (though hopefully Kate Stewart is secretly continuing operations somewhere). I hate to say it, but I’m actually kind of glad we won’t be getting any more episodes until 2020; maybe that will give them a chance to correct some of the blandness that infected these latest episodes. If we had to get any episodes at all this year, though, I’m glad we got something like this. It was great to see a Dalek in action again. Hopefully it is a portent of better things to come for season 12.

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Happy 2019!

Here we are in another year! I feel like I’ve been a bit out of the loop in terms of things to look forward to this year, but at least we know Star Wars: Episode IX will be coming out, and hopefully it will be better than The Last Jedi. But by not having anything in particular to look forward do, that’s actually less pressure on me; I can just kind of amble through the year and take things as they come.

Happy New Year!

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Farewell, 2018

Well, faithful readers, we have come to the end of another year together. My year definitely had ups and downs, but I did get my picture taken with Peter Capaldi back in March, and that was basically the greatest thing ever, so you will never be able to convince me that 2018 was a terrible year.

There is one important thing to remember going into 2019, and that is the lesson of Christmas. When hope was lost, Christ was born, and His birth was the fulfillment of a promise. It was His way of saying, “I know you have been hurt; I know you have been lost; I know how greatly you have suffered. But I am here now, and I make all things new.” His birth was the beginning of Creation’s renewal, a renewal that would be completed at Easter when He conquered death by rising from the dead. And as we celebrate this feast every year, it serves as a reminder that when the world wasn’t looking, its Salvation was born.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Christmas 2018

I have a special surprise for all of you this Christmas! There is this great album “Puer Natus: Gregorian Chant for Christmas” that I absolutely love because not only does it have some nice hymns, it also has the complete Mass setting for Christmas Day. To my delight, the album is on YouTube, and I can share it here for everyone to enjoy.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Eve 2018

Well, Christmas Eve is upon us once again, and what better way to kick it off than with a good ol’ proclamation of what we’re celebrating?

But there isn’t much time to finish those preparations!

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