The trees won't be lit for the Masses tomorrow morning, and we'll try to pretend that the poinsettias aren't there, all so that we can keep Advent's last Sunday. But like a child who can't resist peeking to see the presents beforehand, I couldn't resist posting a picture of the high altar decorated for Christmas. We'll be celebrating the Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m., and the "Midnight Mass" at 11:30 p.m. Then on Christmas Day our Masses will be at 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. I've been hearing the choirs practicing; the creche is in place, waiting for the image of the Christ Child; the last purple candle is ready for its brief flare.
"Lo! He comes with clouds descending..." Judge and Infant, make our hearts ready.