Thursday, December 24, 2009
Happy Birthday Dear Jesus!
The pageant took the place of the Gospel reading, and except for a few words by Father, the homily as well. The story was read from the ambo, and the kids in costume came up one of the aisles and gathered around the manger. With each group that came up (Mary & Joseph, shepherds & sheep, angels, and wise men) a different carol was sung by the choir and folks were asked to join in. After everyone was up there, they sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and then, to the tune of Jingle Bells, something like Ring, Ring, Ring the Bells....and tell the world that Jesus Christ is Born!
Since I was in charge of the readers--making sure they got up to the ambo when it was their turn to read--I had a good seat only a few rows back, and there was actually some space between me and the folks next to me. After the pageant, my daughter came and sat with me. She took to heart the choir director's admonition to the kids to sing loudly. I took those photos from my seat, and my husband and big kids were sitting near that glass wall with the wreaths on it--in other words on the other side of the church. The Communion song was Little Drummer Boy and they could clearly hear the little one singing "Pa Rum pa pa pum". The people around us told her how nice she sounded @@
After mass we went home. I had dinner in the crock-pot so got home and put dinner on the table. We'll open gifts from family tonite, and the gifts from Santa tomorrow morning. We'll head to my family tomorrow where my kids will get too much stuff.