The Dec. 20 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers. This edition features Gift Ideas from Friends of The Living Church, which this year includes suggestions of films, music, and social media in addition to the traditional cornucopia of books. The Rt. Rev. Stephen Andrews, Bishop of Algoma, recommends Bach:

For a number of years, Christmas Day has not passed without an airing of some of Bach’s Christmas Cantatas. After the chaotic pageants and grandiose ritual in the days preceding, there is much comfort to be found in JSB’s simple piety: “Come, ye Christians, join the dance; rejoice at that which God has wrought today!” “I bid Thee welcome, my sweet little Jesus! Thou hast taken it upon Thee to be my little brother.” This year, I’m holding out for his Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248). John Eliot Gardiner or the most recent Nikolaus Harnoncourt recording would be nice!

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