It’s 4:32 EST, and I’m about to head to bed. I’ve just returned from the traditional post-Midnight Mass party, and I stayed a bit later this year knowing that there will be no small children waking me up early tomorrow. The party consists of visiting with old friends (one of which I hadn’t seen in three or four years) and caroling on the front porch until the police come. Well, they didn’t come this year, nor did the newspaper boy. But the caroling was still beautiful — you can’t beat caroling four-part harmony at 3:45am.
Midnight Mass was beautiful, as it always is. It’s one of my favorite liturgies of the year, just behind Holy Thursday. There’s something about that burst of “O Come All Ye Faithful” with the trumpet as the servers begin to walk up the aisle that gets me every time.
It’s strange that it’s just Mom, Dad, and I tomorrow morning — it’s not the first time, but that doesn’t make it less strange. Christmas isn’t quite the same without the little people making it a bit more magical. But I know that everyone has to do what is best for their family on Christmas, so while the heart is heavy, it’s also an understanding heart. : ) It will be good to see my brother and his family by dinner time.
I hope everyone has a beautiful feast! May the Christ child bless you abundantly!
Merry Christmas, everyone!
“Formerly, people had spoken of God and formed human images of him in all sorts of different ways. God himself had spoken in many and various ways to mankind. But now something new has happened: he has appeared. He has revealed himself. He has emerged from the inaccessible light in which he dwells. He himself has come into our midst. This was the great joy of Christmas for the early Church: God has appeared. No longer is he merely an idea, no longer do we have to form a picture of him on the basis of mere words… The kindness and love of God our Saviour for mankind were revealed: this is the new, consoling certainty that is granted to us at Christmas.” -Pope Benedict XVI, Midnight Mass, 2011