How did you celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception?
The Patronal Feast of my parish was celebrated with a somewhat muted exuberance this year as our new parish priest if not a big fan of fanfare and ceremony. In fact, he did not even concelebrate the Mass but sat in the pews instead.
The Feast was transferred to Saturday, the 9th of December to allow for a greater number of people to participate.
Anyway, the Marian side chapel was done up with flowers and the processional statue of Our Lady prepared.
The choir was a re-formed ‘Kyrie’, a rock group that was disbanded after a particularly over-enthusiastic Christmas Mass elicited complaints to the Catholic newspaper. The celebrations culminated a 3 day triduum novena.
I lobbied very hard to get the ornate candlesticks out for this celebration. They normally use disposable candles in a glass instead. Here’s the altar prepared for the Mass.
We had a full complement of servers.
The Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Mark, our asistant parish priest, Fr. Paul Cheong, OFM Cap, with the Redemptorist Fr. Joe CSsR as the main celebrant. Fr. Joe was also the preacher for the triduum Masses leading to the Feast.
Sometime ago, I ranted about the practice we have of having an unordained person preach the homily. Well, it happened again. First, the homily (and I mean an actual homily, not a translation of the English version) was preached in Mandarin, from the ambo by a layperson.
After that Fr. Joe delivered his in English. If Fr. Mark were to preside, then another homily would have been delivered in Tamil by another lay person, for the sake of fairness since the Chinese had their go, even though Fr. Mark speaks the language.
Et incarnatus est. Can you spot what's wrong with this photo?
We've managed to train the altar servers to follow the rubrics, but the priests are kinda harder to train. =)
What do you think of the drawing? It was brought up as part of the presentation of the gifts.
Mark was serving as well.
We had quite a large delegation of members from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul present.
The procession then followed.
Then the flower girls.
Followed by the statue of Our Lady borne by the members of the SSVP.
Our Lady was precariously slanting at times.
Do share some photos of your own celebrations if you have them.