Today is the First Sunday of Advent, the start of a new liturgical year, and I am out of clever and insightful things to say about it this year. Maybe next year I’ll have better luck for a good post about it. In the meantime, though, I thought it would be a good idea to direct your attention to the St. Andrew Christmas Novena.
A novena is usually a prayer said once a day for nine days, and we get the nine days tradition from the Apostles, who spent nine days in the upper room waiting for the Holy Ghost. The St. Andrew Christmas Novena (which I’ll hereby be abbreviating as SACN) is different, though–it’s said fifteen times a day from November 30 (the feast of St. Andrew) to December 24. That’s a lot longer than nine days, so I don’t know how they can still call it a novena, but I don’t make the rules; I just report the facts.
There’s another Christmas novena that’s recited once a day for the traditional nine days, going from December 16 to the 25.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done the SACN–mainly because I lost my copy of the prayer–but I’m glad I found it again. I hope you find it beneficial if you decide to pray it.
It’s that time of year again, the time when we take a break from our busy lives and give thanks for everything in our lives. I’ve got some pretty cool stuff to be thankful for this year, like getting to see The Phantom of the Opera in person, building my own violin (an exciting escapade that will have its own post a little later), and, more recently, that I back up my computer files on an external hard drive–I turned my computer on this morning, and my files were gone. Then they came back after I uninstalled my antivirus. Antivirus is back on my computer now; everything is still there, so that’s a crisis I’m thankful is averted. Let this be a lesson to you all–back up your files!
One of the things I am grateful for, today and every day, is that you people out there in the land of memes and GIFs continue to read and subscribe to my blog. It’s a blog about nothing in particular and yet seems to incorporate a little bit of everything. It brings me great pleasure to know that there are people out there who enjoy visiting my little corner of randomness.
Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what you’re grateful for at Thanksgiving. To help with that, I turn to the fine people at Blimey Cow.
Normally I’m a stickler for not celebrating Christmas until we’re closer to the actual holiday, but this is cause for celebration–we have promo pictures for the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas special and the 2015 Sherlock Christmas special. Well, maybe celebrating the Sherlock special is a bit premature since the powers-that-be have said it might not actually air at Christmas, but, hey, Sherlock is Sherlock.
First up we have the Doctor Who Christmas special. The title is “Last Christmas”, which, of course, is leading to wild speculation as to whether or not Jenna Coleman is returning in season 9.
We also have a clip that was released during the Children in Need charity special:
Now, as for Sherlock–we have no title and no real guarantee that it will actually air on Christmas Day 2015, but we have this:
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Watsonstache lives again! Also, I am getting serious Jeremy Brett vibes from this picture. Who cares how they end up in the Victorian era; we just know it’s happening!
Doctor Who turns 51 today! Can you believe it’s been one year since this?
And the show continues to go strong, with Peter Capaldi knocking it out of the park in the lead role and Jenna Coleman really getting a chance to shine as Clara this past season. What will the next year bring? Only time will tell–but if time is any indication, it will continue to be extraordinary.
Happy birthday, Doctor.
The ending credit song for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been announced, and it’s a very special announcement. The song itself is called “The Last Goodbye” and is meant to serve as an ending song for all six Middle-Earth movies, not just The Hobbit trilogy.
What makes this announcement so special? Well, just the little fact that the artist who wrote and performed this song is none other than Billy Boyd. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, Pippin himself lends his voice to this film!
What I really like about this song is that it incorporates some of the lyrics from the LotR road song (“The Road Goes Ever on and On”).
This song made me realize something, though–despite my complaints about the deviations from the source material, I really am kind of sad this is the last Middle-Earth movie. For the last three years, my friends and I have gotten all excited about these films, and they’ve always been something to look forward to.
We came all this way,
But now comes the day
To bid you farewell.
I’m not sad enough to hope for a Silmarillion movie, though. No, Peter Jackson needs to stay far, far away from that book after what he’s done to The Hobbit.
Right, you’ve seen the title; you know the rules. Prepare to have your hopes destroyed and your souls crushed.
THEY TURNED THE BRIGADIER INTO A CYBERMAN! AND OSGOOD IS DEAD! MOFFAT IS EVIL, I SAY! EVIL!
Michelle Gomez is a good actress, but I still would have preferred to see her as the Rani. We already have an evil Time Lady villain, Moffat; there was no need to rewrite the Master. And why was the Doctor so upset when he didn’t see Gallifrey at its original coordinates? He knows it’s locked in another dimension, which means he won’t be able to see it! It’s no different from “The Time of the Doctor” when Trenzalore and Gallifrey had the same coordinates but occupied different dimensions!
Ahem. Danny was turned into a Cyberman, which I foresaw from the get-go, so that was no big surprise. Honestly, this episode had so many ups and downs that I’m really not sure what my final impression is. My upset over the whole Missy/Master fiasco is overshadowed by the simple fact that OSGOOD IS DEAD and THE BRIGADIER IS A CYBERMAN.
Well, this will probably be my last Doctor Who review until the Christmas special although I might do an overall season review a little later this month. I’ve enjoyed doing these reviews, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them.
…which technically was yesterday, but its observance was transferred to today–at least in some places. Others observed it yesterday, and, really, I just got too confused.
This year I also thought I’d share this documentary on the Dies Irae and how it has influenced other music as well. You can hear bits of the Dies Irae in songs from such movies as Star Wars, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Exorcist (now there’s an eclectic collection for you).