The sun doesn't shine as bright this time of year, but the malls absolutely glisten. We are entering what is known in our contemporary culture as the "Christmas season"... However, in the ancient traditions of the Church, this time of year has a completely different vibe.
I have never been entirely comfortable with the bright colors and bouncy music that pervades the stores, radio stations, and even churches this time of year. Maybe it's my own somewhat darker disposition, or maybe there is something about this season that is supposed to have a hint of darkness.
It seems fitting on the same day that Sojourn Music releases it's latest album, a Christmas project called A Child is Born, that Peter Leithart shares this word from the late Pope John Paul II...
Jamie Barnes and Brooks Ritter have crafted two EPs that would stand alone as great works, but as a complete album they stand as a masterpiece and an important milestone.
How is it that a secular rock opera about Jesus Christ played a monumentally pivotal role in my spiritual life?
Salvation Is Created: A Christmas Record From Bifrost Arts Artist: Bifrost Arts. Label: Sounds Familyre, 2009One could safely propose that there are far too many Christmas albums in the world, but far too few good ones. For those of us with an aversion to anything referencing Santa Claus, snowmen, reindeer, elves, and such, it becomes … Continue reading Review: Bifrost Arts’ Salvation is Created