Saturday, December 26, 2015
BE CAREFUL FOR WHAT YOU ASK OR ASK IT ANYWAY AND AN ACT OF GOD MIGHT ACCOMPLISH IT
I mentioned our 6:30 PM Mass which features the Christmas Pageant by children as a prelude to Mass would be very full too.
Then I said the Midnight Mass would be packed but not standing room.
I finally said that our two Christmas Day Masses at 8 and 10:00 AM would be quite comfortable and peaceful and people could reserved as many pews as they wanted .
Then I lamented the proliferation of Christmas Eve Masses since the 1970's and how this has led to Christmas Day Masses being reduced in number with only a handful attending Mass. I reminded our parishioners that before 1970 the earliest Christmas Mass began at the strike of Midnight. So the majority of Catholics, especially young families came to Christmas Day Masses of which there were many and all the way up to about noon.
Well, Christmas Eve saw a major Tornado warning, heavy rain, thunder, lightening, wind, hail and treacherous roads and accidents galore on the highways.
Our 4:30 Mass had one or two vacant pews, no one had to stand as in years past.
Our 6:30 Mass had more than a few pews vacant.
Our Midnight Mass was full but not packed and plenty of available seats for latecomers.
Our 8 AM Christmas Day Mass was quite full and our 10 AM Mass was packed. We've not seen this many people at Christmas Day Masses since the 1980's!
Maybe a new tradition is beginning by an act of God!