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By gzt (Wed Dec 23, 2009 at 02:51:37 PM EST) gzt, go home early (all tags)
I went to the funeral vigil for Archbishop Job last night and the liturgy in the morning. Truly an American icon(ographer). It was a lot of standing. My back is protesting the standing, probably all the sitting I did for travelling this weekend, too, seems like it's just above S1.


CS Lewis pointed out that there are, essentially, three things going on at Christmas: the religious observance, which has little interest to anybody but Christians (and, really, a particular sort at that, many types of American Protestant shouldn't care); the general merrymaking; and the commercial claptrap involved in exchanging gifts, which is a recent invention. He, of course, discussed this in a far more witty way. The wife and I are pretty big on point 1, like any excuse for point 2 within reason, and are generally abstaining from point 3, except that we need some things to set up house still and post-Christmas sales are helpful. And I got myself some trousers. I need more trousers. There will be much making of the merry come Christmas. I hope there's ham. After bacon, ham is my favorite meat. Ham is certainly my favorite meat in quantity, because it's rather hard to eat a pound of cooked bacon, while it's rather pleasant to eat a pound of cooked ham sometimes.

My cold: still sucks. I hope that, by tomorrow evening, I will be a bit less drippy and will be presentable on Christmas.

New $UBERBOSS said we could go home early. Woo. Man, if I were feeling well enough and had brought my gym stuff with me, I'd have time to train before church. Oh well.

All right guys. Stay classy.

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Point number one is . . . by lm (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Dec 23, 2009 at 05:55:01 PM EST
. . . the best argument for sticking to the old calendar that I've ever heard. Whatever the deficiencies of the Julian calendar, observing Christmas in January according to the secular calendar makes a nice, clean break between Christmas as a holy day and Christmas as a secular event.

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As for Bishop Job's vigil, I wish I could have been there. He was an amazingly upright individual at a time when the Orthodox Church in America was in desperate need of amazingly upright individuals.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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