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Angelion is another in the list of Christmas tunes, this one named after the messengers God sent to the humans involved in the Nativity story.  The name has very little to do with either "angels" as we think of them, with fluttering wings and beautific faces, and absolutely nothing to do with lions; it rather underlines the terrifying and disorienting fact that via these strange beings, God has broken into human business and means to do something about how we are treating what we have been given.  While the melody sails along relatively placidly, the harmonies underlying it are not so irenic.  I hope to imply that while all may seem well on our outside, we do well to consider the Christmas message more deeply, and allow it to teach us the virtues our world sorely needs.

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