Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas at Bristow...

Midnight Mass...

...our subprioress reads the Christmas Proclamation by candlelight.

Our monastic schola is enhanced by the voices of children who bring their finest gift to the newborn king.

The altar is lovingly dressed for the feast.

When dawn comes we gather for the Christmas Day Eucharist. Msgr. Chester Michael was the presider for both Christmas liturgies. We have been blessed by the simplicity and power of his preaching.


Every gift, every instrument was used to proclaim the glad tidings.

Our Vigil began at 11:30 PM Christmas Eve. We invited our guests in for Sister Pat's AMAZING Christmas breads. By 2:30 most of us when asleep. Christmas comes early for us (about four hours later.) By 2:oo PM Christmas dinner is cleaned up and we all take a much-needed nap!
I am traveling now. Our Mary Clark will enter on February 8th. I have gone home with her to meet her family. More on the Midwest trek after the New Year. I'll be back on-line January 2nd. Enjoy the 12 days of Christmas. Hold fast to the peace and joy He brings. He is born again in those who love Him.
Blessings and love to you all...
- Sister Vicki