Joyeux Noel!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Joy to the world - the Lord is come!! No better way to celebrate Christ's birth (and my mama's birthday!) than Midnight Mass! I hate that most people have already begun taking down their Christmas decorations, Christmas has JUST BEGUN people! Remember the carol "The 12 Days of Christmas"? That's not just a fun song - there really are twelve days of the Christmas season. The octave of Christmas lasts 8 days and ends on January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. We continue celebrating the Christmas season until Epiphany on January 6th. Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world. The great feast of Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East, together with his baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee (CCC 528).

Side note: if you observe Advent as we wait in joyful hope for the birth of our Savior and wait to put your Christmas decorations up, you won't want to tear them down December 26th, but rather leave them up through Epiphany!

Christmas continues - be merry, be holy, REJOICE! I found this meditation for December 25th in a book in the adoration chapel in Ktown...I love it!!

"Holy Mass is a daily Christmas. The crib is the altar; the hands of our Lady, the hands of the priest. Yes, in every Mass we can say,"Puer natus est nobis," a Child is born, a little Boy is born, the Son of God and of our Lady, far more little than in the crib but still the same Christ. At the altar as in Bethlehem is sung the same Gloria in excelsis, for the Savior is born, He is there on the altar; there is but one Jesus…Christmas, Incarnation, every day." - Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC.

The following are pictures taken by a St. Patrick parishioner/fellow Italy pilgrim at Midnight Mass :) It was such a beautiful Mass; I was just bursting with joy and love. There might have also been an incense high accompanying my happiness ;)

St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ktown
Oh hey there's me and family & friends! :)
Fr. Ted blessing the nativity
Incensing the altar
Love these two holy priests and faithful friends!
"The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us!"

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