Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Eve: Party like it's 1979

Network television -- those stations you can still watch with the aid of rabbit ears and a little bit of tin foil -- is quite passe in this age of digital cable, satellite dishes, and wireless internet. It comes as no surprise, then, that one of the dinosaurs of a bygone era, the Columbia Broadcasting System, has teamed up with an equally irrelevant entity for a Christmas Eve excursion down memory lane to a time, circa 1979, when both still mattered, sort of . . .
The General Theological Seminary of the [Expletive Deleted] (GTS) spent last week putting the finishing touches on an hour long television program, Christmas in Chelsea Square, that will air over CBS stations nationwide on December 24th at 11:35 pm (EST). The 194-year-old seminary was selected by the network last summer to produce the annual television special. The central portion of the program features a traditional Christmas service of lessons and carols for which the homilist is the [Expletive Deleted]’s Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori [a.k.a. the Cross-Dressing High Priestess of the Church of What's Happening Now, pictured here in her dazzling Christmas clericals].

Also featured are excerpts from a reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem that begins, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” as well as a brief segment that introduces viewers to the Seminary’s history and present day mission. General is known for the beauty of its [Expletive Deleted] liturgy and music as well as its idyllic campus located in the Chelsea district of New York City on property donated by Moore and known as Chelsea Square. Nearly all the network’s affiliates will broadcast the annual Christmas special.
H/T to MCJ