I hope and pray that your Christmas celebrations filled you with joy and peace.
This year, I decided to celebrate Midnight Mass at Ascension Church in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago. Several of my colleagues here at WLP sing in the choir at Ascension. The parish's music program is under the very capable leadership of David Anderson, who has worked so hard over the decades to build a stellar choral program at Ascension. The music at Mass was, in a word, wonderful. I was so grateful to have made the decision to go to Mass there. My spirit was lifted.
Yesterday, some colleagues from WLP and I traveled around the Archdiocese of Chicago on a picture-taking excursion. We are in need of new Christmas photos for our various publications. We found many churches open but, sadly, many were closed.
Saint Ann in Barrington (open)
Holy Family in Inverness (closed)
Saint Marcelline in Schaumburg (open)
Saint Matthew in Schaumburg (open)
Ascension in Oak Park (open)
Saint Giles in Oak Park (closed)
Queen of All Saints Basilica (open)
Saint Hyacinth Basilica (open)
Saint John Cantius (closed)
Holy Name Cathedral (open)
Old Saint Patrick's Church (closed)
It was a whirlwind kind of a day for us, but so worthwhile to see the way that the various parishes decorated inside and out for Christmas. Over the Christmas Season, I will be sharing some of those photos with you.
Here is a photo of the manger scene at Ascension Church in Oak Park. The use of the lavender color was pretty spectacular.
Ascension's Advent Wreath is suspended from the ceiling over the main aisle. Instead of removing it for Christmas, it is re-decorated for the Christmas Season. Again, quite spectacular:
Happy Christmas to all.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.