Fever Dream Homily…

Today, the priest gave a very good homily, about how the Cross is present even in the story of the Nativity.

However, another possible theme for a homily occurred to me, along with the thought that it’s a good thing I’m not a priest or deacon. Call this a fever dream homily: Continue reading “Fever Dream Homily…”


Victoria’s O Magnum Mysterium

From Wikipedia:
O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
jacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt portare
Dominum Christum.
English translation
O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
was worthy to bear
Christ the Lord.
Continue reading “Victoria’s O Magnum Mysterium”

Concluding Simbang Gabi 2010

That was fun. I need sleep.

By Day 9, we’d begun to learn some of the Tagalog songs. Hope the Filipinos near us can forgive our no doubt atrocious pronunciation. But enthusiasm seems to count for a lot in Filipino liturgy, and we were all over that angle.

In sum: doing a novena of Masses with a crowd of good-natured people full of Christmas cheer at 5:30 in the morning is a good, grace-filled and happy thing to do. Some of our kids made it at least a couple times. We’ll be back next year. Continue reading “Concluding Simbang Gabi 2010”

Simbang Gabi – Day 2

Wife and I made the 5:30 a.m. Simbang Gabi Mass today – 2 days down, 7 to go.  The Pastor from Parish A did the honors – he looked like maybe he’s not a morning person.

Skipped the breakfast delicacies today, but fully plan to partake tomorrow. Maybe I’ll develop a taste for chicken and rice soup with chunks of real chicken bones and gristle, ham cooked until stiff in sugar, fried Spam, and semi-sweet black baked goody of indeterminate hyle.  It could happen. I will do my duty.

Big Question: is this all bringing me closer to God, and more prepared for Christmas? Yes. God makes the most out of even our most trivial sacrifices – such as giving up an hour of sleep, and being around others who are also celebrating Christ’s upcoming birth with such obvious gusto is good for the soul.

Simbang Gabi – Advent with our Filipino Neighbors

Today marks the start of the annual Filipino Advent novena, Simbang Gabi. In Parish C, hundreds of Filipino American Catholics gather at 5:30 a.m. for Mass, followed by a breakfast of traditional Filipino delicacies – all intended to wrap up by around 7:00, in accordance with a tradition base on the need for  the peasants to be back working the fields at dawn. Continue reading “Simbang Gabi – Advent with our Filipino Neighbors”