Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Eve

This is about half of the luminarias put out at the church tonight.

Tarted up a bit for the Twelve Days

A vision in red, white, and green

The nacimiento before the arrival of the Baby Jesus

Here is a side view of the chancel area. You can see the three wise guys lurking between the veiled chalice and the altar book on the right. They still have a way to go before Epiphany.

We sang nine hymns (the first two verses of each of the first seven, then all verses of "Silent night" and "Joy to the world."

Real bread (thank you, Linda), real frankincense (thanks, Scott, for the thurible), a banner for color (thanks, St Mike's), poinsettias (thanks, Warren and Anne Marie). A dear friend and two new guests (thanks, Google). We had singing in harmony. Snacks and hot cider afterward as we sat around and shared.

Mostly, thank you, God, for loving your creation enough to become part of it, joining us to yourself.

--the BB


Grandmère Mimi said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely, Paul. Thanks be to God.

Merry Christmas, luv.

The Cunning Runt said...

Paul, you lift my heart with your faith.

Have a Blessed Christmas, and many more!

Paul said...

Thanks, Mimi. Ralph, you lift my heart also. OK, cue the singes: We belong to a mutu-a-al admiration society....

Paul said...

er, singers

Grandmère Mimi said...

Thank heavens you're not going to burn us!

Ellie Finlay said...

Oh, how truly beautiful it all is!