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Report on Advent concert misleading

Looked at from a certain perspective, one might say that there are two kinds of Christians nowadays: those who think that the celebration of Christmas more or less ends on Christmas day and those who know that the celebration of Christmas only just begins on Christmas day.

The Holy Rosary Academy “Festival of Lessons and Carols” on Dec. 11 was entirely in keeping with the Advent season in which it occurred. With its selection of readings and songs, the event respectfully refrained from prematurely celebrating the Nativity. For the Anchor to report otherwise was an inaccuracy (Students celebrate Nativity with ‘Lessons & Carols,’ December 2014)

Who would think to celebrate Easter during the season of Lent? It is time for Christians to honor Advent for what it is: a season set aside for preparation and anticipation of the coming of the King. Holy Rosary Academy is to be applauded for conducting its Lessons and Carols in concert with this spirit of prayerful expectancy.

— Peter Knox, Anchorage


Alaska churches need security cameras

Why is there no security camera system at Holy Family Cathedral? (“Anchorage cathedral shocked but resolute in responding to vandalism,” Catholic Anchor, Dec. 2014.)

I would hope all the newer Catholic Church buildings and Catholic schools in Alaska have them. It is ridiculous not to.

I hope we get some retribution for the damage, if possible.

— Jonathan Butzke, Anchorage


Protect churches but keep doors open

Vandalism of our churches goes back centuries. This senseless destruction has many reasons or no reason at all.

We must take reasonable precautions to protect our sacred spaces. The old Roman and Gothic style churches had heavy doors and bolts. We should be no less vigilant. Churches should be open as much as possible, but under watchful eyes. Not every door need be open, but the church should be open to all. My sincere condolences to the parishioners and priests of Holy Family Cathedral (“Anchorage cathedral shocked but resolute in responding to vandalism,” Catholic Anchor, Dec. 2014.)

My best wishes for a holy and peaceful new year. When I am at eucharistic adoration, I feel very safe at 2 a.m., but I keep the doors bolted.

— William McCarron, Tallahassee, Fla. (Formerly of Anchorage)

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