Christmas – Puer natus est nobis

Puer natus est nobis, et filius datus est nobis: cuius imperium super humerum eius; et vocabitur nomen eius, magni consilii Angelus. Cantate Domino canticum novum, quia mirabilia fecit. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto, sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

A Child is born to us, and a Son is given to us, upon whose shoulders authority rests: and His name shall be called the Angel of great counsel. Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Christmas Eve – Rorate caeli

Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant justum.

Ne irascaris Domine,
Ne ultra memineris iniquitatis:
Ecce civitas Sancti facta est deserta:
Sion deserta facta est,
Jerusalem desolata est:
Domus sanctificationis tuae et gloriae tuae,
Ubi laudaverunt te patres nostri.

Peccavimus, et facti sumus tamquam immundus nos,
Et cecidimus quasi folium universi:
Et iniquitates nostrae quasi ventus abstulerunt nos:
Abscondisti faciem tuam a nobis,
Et allisisti nos in manu iniquitatis nostrae.

Vide Domine afflictionem populi tui,
Et mitte quem missurus es:
Emitte Agnum dominatorem terrae,
De petra deserti ad montem filiae Sion:
Ut auferat ipse jugum captivitatis nostrae.

Consolamini, consolamini, popule meus:
Cito veniet salus tua:
Quare moerore consumeris,
Quia innovavit te dolor?
Salvabo te, noli timere,
Ego enim sum Dominus Deus tuus,
Sanctus Israel, redemptor tuus.


Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness.

Be not wroth very sore, O Lord,
Neither remember iniquity forever;
The holy cities are a wilderness;
Zion is a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation:
Your holy and beautiful house,
Where our fathers praised You.

We have sinned, and are as an unclean thing,
And we all fade as a leaf;
And our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away;
You have hidden Your face from us,
And have consumed us, because of our iniquities.

Behold, O Lord, the affliction of Your people,
And send forth Him who is to come:
Send forth the Lamb, the Ruler of the earth,
From Petra in the desert to the mount of the daughter of Zion,
That He may take away the yoke of our captivity.

Comfort, comfort ye My people;
My salvation shall not tarry;
Why will you waste away in sadness?
Why has sorrow seized you?
Fear not, for I will save you;
For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Redeemer.

How to Develop Character in Your Children (TBB)

The “TBB” in the name of this post means that it is part of The Big Box series. If you’re new to Scarlet Letters, read the introductory post to see what the Big Box is all about.

As I’ve said before, when I first looked at all the lectures in my Big Box and tried to put them into a logical order, I realized that they fell into some natural groupings. This post is the first in one such grouping, which will be a kind of “miniseries” within the Big Box. This “miniseries” has four parts and will examine four lectures on child training by S. M. Davis, whom I previously critiqued in Seven Bible Truths Violated by Christian Dating. Continue reading

Making Wise Decisions About College (TBB)

The “TBB” in the name of this post means that it is part of The Big Box series. If you’re new to Scarlet Letters, read the introductory post to see what the Big Box is all about.


You may be wondering why there’s a cake (wreck) at the top of today’s post. First, because misspelled cakes are funny, and since this particular misspelled cake is related to the topic of this week’s lecture, I wanted to put it there. (Trust me, you’ll be needing the laughs soon enough.) Second, and more importantly, because we all know that sweet, brightly colored frosting can be used to make all sorts of things palatable – even if what’s underneath is laced with poison. Such, unfortunately, is the case with Making Wise Decisions About College (hereafter referred to as MWDAC). Continue reading