Saturday, 26 December 2009

Christmas Day

After the midnight Mass I managed to get home by 1.30am and asleep by two. Up at 6am and up the hill to St. James' by 8.30 for the 9am Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament consecrated at midnight. The car door was frozen and took some getting into. A late start as people made their way to the church. All my words during the liturgy and sermon came out in clouds of condensation breath, it was so cold. I remember one Easter here when the flower vases were frozen for weeks inside the church! Good to be with them and a quick getaway and down to St. Arvans for the family service with Holy Communion from the tabernacle. About 50 present for the service and a lovely rendering of Away in a Manger with 12 children out front for the solo first verse and after the sermon they came to kneel at the crib for the prayers before the new born Christ and enthusiastic Hail Mary's. A wonderful and joyful day and festivities with the family and friends at home to follow.

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