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“The Gloucestershire Wassail”: A Carol for Epiphany

By |2020-01-05T20:11:22-06:00January 5th, 2018|Categories: Audio/Video, Christmas, Music|

"The Gloucestershire Wassail" is a traditional English carol associated with the eve of Epiphany, when revelers drank wassail punch, a hot-mulled sherry- or brandy-based cider, sweetened with sugar and seasoned with other spices, and including yeast, apples, and toast. According to British Food History, "wassailing predates the Battle of Hastings and is thought to have [...]

The Seven Joys of Mary

By |2019-11-19T14:07:01-06:00January 1st, 2018|Categories: Audio/Video, Catholicism, Mother of God, Music|

Editor's Note: "The Seven Joys of Mary" (sometimes called simply "Joys Seven") is a traditional carol based on events in the life of the Mother of God. Though it was not originally connected to the Christmas season, it has become so with time. It should be noted that the joys described in the song differ [...]

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