Reveled

My vacation is drawing to a close, as is my celebration of Christmas. Last night we went to see my friend Jim perform in the Revels at Sanders Theater at Harvard University.  After the show we had a lovely dinner with Grace Ross where we discussed the theological implications of faith, hope, and charity from a political perspective and why people are sometimes afraid of hope, afraid to have faith, afraid of caritas, and therefore react negatively and even act out negatively to those who offer light in darkness.

The Revels show, now performed in many cities across the country since its inception 38 years ago in Cambridge, traditionally ends with the Sussex Mummers Carol.  A fitting wish to you, readers as we end the year that brought the return of faith and hope to so many in our liberal religious heritage.

God bless the mistress of this house
With gold chain round her breast;
Where e’er her body sleeps or wakes,
Lord send her soul to rest,
Lord send her soul to rest.

God bless the master of this house
With happiness beside;
Where e’er his body rides or walks,
Lord Jesus be his guide.
Lord Jesus be his guide.

God bless your house, your children too,
Your cattle and your store;
The Lord increase you day by day,
And give you more and more.
And give you more and more.

(Listen to an MP3 version online here – not the Revels)

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