For a long time I had been looking for music to listen to during Advent, but with so much emphasis on Christmas, a lot of times it feels as if Advent gets overlooked. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with listening to the different Mass settings for Christmas because it gets you pumped for what your choir will be singing at Midnight Mass (and you’re currently awake enough to appreciate it), but sometimes it’s just nice to sit back and listen to music that talks about how we’re waiting for Christ to be born/return for the Second Coming.
Finally, I have found such a playlist! Enjoy!
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of my favorite apparitions of the Blessed Mother. Ever since I was little, I loved hearing the story of how she appeared to St. Juan Diego…and one of the sources I heard it from was the last place I expected.
Back in the 1990s, there was a TV show called Wishbone, which was about a Jack Russell Terrier that loved classic literature (Wishbone was my first exposure to Phantom of the Opera, but that’s a story for another day). One of the episodes actually covered Our Lady of Guadalupe and told the story of her apparition. For a long time I couldn’t remember if this had actually been an episode or if I had imagined the whole thing, but lo and behold, YouTube proved I wasn’t crazy.
I posted this last year for the Feast of St. Nicholas, but I thought it was cool and decided to share it again. I really loved seeing all the different countries’ depictions of him.
O come, o come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
Who mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears!
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, o Israel!
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
Yep, it’s one of my favorite feast days again.
Fun fact–All Saints’ Day wasn’t always celebrated in November. It was originally celebrated on May 13 to commemorate the day Pope Boniface IV consecrated the Pantheon as a basilica in honor of the Blessed Mother and all of the martyrs, but Pope Martin III transferred it to November 1 after consecrating a chapel in honor of St. Peter and all of the saints on that day. It’s been celebrated on November 1 ever since–in the Roman Church, anyway; many of the Eastern Catholic Churches still observe the original May 13 feast.
Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!