And on the Eighth Day: Creation and Re-Creation. – The Catholic Astronomer

Merry Christmas! To some, this greeting may seem out of place. However, today is just as good of a day as Sunday to utter this sentiment of good will. Since Christmas is one of the two principle Feasts of the Church’s year (the other being Easter Sunday), Catholics elongate Christmas for eight days, or what is called an “Octave.” When hearing the word “Octave,” most people will think of music before Christmas. The heart of western music is based on various forms of a seven note scale that concludes with an eighth note that is the same as the first, but at a higher pitch. Therefore, to play a full octave means that you begin and end at the same note, but the note you end with resonates differently than the first note. This simple pattern of eight notes in different keys has blessed our world with musical expressions some have experienced as beyond the ability of human reason alone. In regard … Continue reading →

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