from Venite Missa Est!
Midnight mass was celebrated at St. Anthony (Wichita) by His Excellency Bishop Emeritus Eugene Gerber and what a wonderful, humbling and exciting occasion it was. Flanked by a small army of humble servers, acolytes and torch bearers, Bishop Gerber offered the sacrifice of the mass in a steady and precise manner, born of many years of service and duty.
The church sparkled with poinsettias and candles, the air almost shimmered in joy and anticipation of the holy birth, the adults donned their finest, the children were on their best behaviour....shoes were shined and shirts were pressed, womens hair was freshly washed and combed under dainty mantillas. The choir borrowed voices directly from heaven, the servers recited prayers rehearsed a hundred times, the rubrics followed closely in military precision....all in the celebration of our Saviour's birth.
I hope that this message finds you, dear reader, well, happy and hopeful in this, a new year of our salvation. May old wounds be healed, may hate be banished by love, and may courage be found in the midst of fear. All this can be accomplished in light of our dear Lord's majestic birth.
Peace be upon you, deo gratias.
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