Monday, December 31, 2007

Christmas at St. Stanislaus

I had a wonderful Christmas at my parish of St. Stanislaus. A number of volunteers turned out to decorate the church, and as always, they did an outstanding job (click on the photos for enlarged versions):

The Sanctuary Decorated for Christmas

We had some wonderful music for the Christmas Masses as well. At the Vigil Mass, which is traditionally the "Children's Mass", we had an ensemble of the 3rd through 8th grade students sing the old Catholic Christmas hymn "Sleep, Holy Babe", in 3 parts (It had to be three parts, since none of our boys are basses yet!). But the organ filled in for the bass part, and they sounded very nice, as you can hear:

Post-Communion: Sleep, Holy Babe

At Midnight Mass, we pulled out all the stops, and had beautiful music for that Mass as well, provided by a 12 voice men's ensemble we put together for the occasion. But more about that later...

In the meantime, here is a photo of me vested for Mass, in the parish's festive gold and white vestments:

I hope your Christmas was a blessed and joyful one!