Christmas at Morrow Park
Christmas at Morrow Park really means the vigil mass, celebrated in the early evening of Dec. 24.
Supper is early that night, to give everyone time to prepare. The first few people begin to move into the dimly lit chapel early, ready for the half-hour of carols which precedes the mass. After twenty-five minutes or so of music, the now large congregation is anxious for the entrance procession, but no! Into the dim quiet speaks a strong and authoritative voice, proclaiming from the second chapter of Luke: “In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered…” And the story of our salvation has begun.
Lights! Music! Action! And the entrance procession moves down the centre aisle, led by someone bearing the statue of the infant Jesus. In recent years this has been Sister Monica, holding the statue with care as she rides in on her electric wheelchair then places the baby in the waiting crib, beside his mother.
The chapel is full with a mixture of Sisters from Morrow Park and other community houses, and the neighbours. A number of people join us for mass each Sunday but a celebration like Christmas really draws a crowd. The organ plays, the assembly sings and joy abounds.
Afterwards the Sisters gather in the dining room where Christmas festivities take on a familiar form: refreshments. And a good time is had by all. God bless us, every one!
By Mary Buckley CSJ