30 November 2007

I Blame It On Pastor Allen Braun

HE'S the one that got us hooked on Peace Lutheran's Boar's Head Christmas Festival. Then we found our old friend, Donald McKetchnie's Aunt Vera (we knew Don in Md) is a member of Peace and she calls us up each year to ask how many tickets we need. This year six of us went out to dinner then headed over to Peace to enjoy the pageantry and music. I don't really have a favorite part, because each part is so good, but I confess that each year I choke up over these words of the Boar's Head Carol itself:

The mightiest hunter of them all
We honor in this festal hall
Born of a humble Virgin mild,
Heaven's King became a little child:
Caput apri defero, reddens laudes Domino.

He hunted down through earth and hell
That swart boar Death until it fell.
This mighty deed for us was done,
Therefore sing we in unison:
Caput apri defero, reddens laudes Domino.

Let not this boar's head cause alarm,
The huntsman drew his power to harm.
So death, which still appears so grim,
Has yielded all its power to Him!
Caput apri defero, reddens laudes Domino.


braunhaus said...

You're welcome! I do so miss it!

William Weedon said...

Ha! Wish we could have shared its joys with you guys last night. We miss YOU (that's plural)! Give my Maria Johanna a special kiss tonight.