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Friday, January 04, 2008
Christmas in IC
Well, here it goes.
Christmas was a simple affair, but the Church was very packed as the Christmas/Easter Christians turned up in full force. This was even though a Vigil Mass was celebrated in Tamil in the evening (this is distinct from the Midnight Mass). The choir, which had been practising for a while, presented a selection of carols before Mass began.
The Church was darkened and remained so until after the Gloria.
We were fortunate to have as a guest concelebrant Fr. Alex Edwin, a friend of Fr. Marshall and our former parish priest. Unfortunately, he is unwell and has been so for a few years and has to undergo dialysis treatments. I'm sure he was very glad to be 'home' with us and celebrate Christmas in this parish. It must be lonely to not be able to minister as a priest.
Overall the celebrations and Mass was pretty straightforward and ordinary (although the event celebrated, the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ was certain not).
But the most striking and extraordinary feature of the Mass would have to be this, a veritable army of extraordinary ministers.