Our Christmas celebrations began on Christmas Eve when Fr. Paul Philibert, our chaplain, blessed the creches in the community room....
...and the refectory.
We have Christmas decorations up all over the house, including this scene in our chapter hall:
And yesterday, on the feast of St. John the Evangelist, we celebrated Sr. Mary John's "real" feast day! Although we often celebrate close to the solemnity of the nativity of St. John the Baptist, her official feast day is on December 27--because her patron is St. John the beloved disciple. At evening recreation, we watched happily as she opened a box of lovely presents sent from the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
A lovely tile from Prouilhe with the "O lumen ecclesia" (a song to St. Dominic) printed on it!
More note paper--a prioress can never have too much of this!
We hope all of you are enjoying a blessed and happy Christmas season, and pray you will have a wonderful New Year 2013!