“The Whip of Advent” by Tristan Gylberd

 The pitch of thestall was gloriousThough the straw wasdusty and oldThough it blew bitterand coldThe wind sang with orchestral beautyThe night wasmysteriously gleamingThough the earth wasfallen, forlornFor under the eavesof splendorA child-The Chi…

Pearl’s Infamy

 Onthis day in 1941, “a day that will live in infamy,” a surprise attack by Japanese forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, thrust the United States into the conflagration of the SecondWorld War.  At anchor in the harborwas nearly the entire Un…

St. Andrew’s Day

Numbered among the Apostles, the brother of Simon Petereventually became the revered patron of both Greece and Scotland where hisfeast day, November 30, remains a kind of national holiday.Andrew (c. 10-60) may well have been,as tradition asserts, the f…

Grantian Florilegium 2011-11-28 21:20:00

“If you cannot readall your books, at any rate handle, or as it were, fondle them—peer into them,let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arreststhe eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on y…

A Literary Life

Long before the bane of cable television and the internet invaded our every waking moment C.S. Lewis commented that while most people inmodern industrial cultures are at least marginally able to read, they just don’t.  In his wise and wonderful bo…

The Battle of Lutzen

In the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Lutzen—one ofthe most crucial engagements in the bloody Thirty Years War—it was announced tothe world that King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden had died.  During the course of the battle on thisday in 16…

Martin Bucer

Martin Bucer was born on this day, Martinmas, in 1491 in the Alsace-Lorraineborderland between France and Germany. He would eventually become one of the most influential men in the GreatReformation.He served as a mediator between Luther, Zwingli, …

Martinmas

Martin of Tours was a faithful pastor in Gaul who was martyred on this day in397.  Also on this day in 655,Martin of Umbria was martyred during the great Monothelite controversy.  Both men demonstrated perseverance inthe face of political per…

All Saint’s Day

In the earliest years of the church,so many martyrs died for their faith, Christians set aside special days tohonor them.  For example, in 607 Emperor Phocas presented the beautiful RomanPantheon to the church. Boniface IV, the Bishop of Rome, qui…

Hallowmas or Halloween

Christians have celebrated All-Hallows-Eveor Hallowmas since about the 8th century as a night of prayerfulpreparation before All Saints Day.  But, the pagan associations of Halloween with the day are actually mucholder—and perhaps more deep…