O break…

At long last, Fall ’10 semester is over. I give it a B- overall. Plenty of fine things, plenty of foul things to recount over the next few weeks.

Over the break I plan to revamp the blog with a clear mind, free of the obligations of class and work. Hopefully the result will be a much more readable, much less crazy and sporadic, a happy and healthy blog. I will also do a little bit of recapping of the year, including the always-necessary top ___ lists (the number will vary based on the category). Be prepared for, at minimum, top albums (though I didn’t listen to many of ’em) and top Christmas beers (I will graciously include “Holiday” and “Winter” ales in this category, mainly because there are some very good ones with these names). Another goal is to figure out a way I can actually sanely maintain the blog during the semester, so that this isn’t just something that happens when I have down time.

Also, today begins the official countdown to Christmas. When I say official, I mean it: today begins the recitation of the Great “O Antiphons”, seven Magnificat antiphons for seven days of Vespers from December 17th to the 23rd. These special antiphons are derived from many of the Biblical titles for the Messiah, the Christ, and express a special longing for his coming as Christmas approaches. Today’s antiphon:

Latin: O Sapientia, qun ex ore Altissimi prodiisti,
attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter, suaviterque disponens omnia;
veni, ad docendum nos viam prudentin.

English translation: O Wisdom, that proceedest from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from end to end mightily, and disposing all things sweetly
come and teach us the way of prudence.

(Isaiah 11:2-3, 28:29)

When put together, the first letters of the O Antiphons (excluding the O, silly) spell out something very interesting… which I will reveal here on the 23rd!


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