Good Christian Friends, Rejoice!
We've been doing a lot of rejoicing around here! And why not? It's still the Christmas season, and we are still celebrating the wonder of Christ's birth. Now, it's time we shared some of our lovely inside Christmas decorations with you! This is our chapel--the picture was taken from our side of the choir, facing the altar. We are so grateful to the people who donated the tree, the wreaths, and the many poinsettias.
|Another beautiful donation: this Christmas arrangement to honor our crucifix|
And now, without further ado, the creche scenes!
|Our main creche in the chapel. Sister Sacristan did a marvelous job!|
|If you were able to visit us in person, you saw this one in the outside lobby|
|The community room|
|The Chapter Hall|
|The infirmary kitchen|
|The Print Shop (where Monastery Bells and our greeting cards are created, among other things)|
|The Guild, where letters are answered and enrollments are made|
|The Prioress' office|
The carol mentioned in our title is traditionally attributed to the 14th century Dominican mystic, Blessed Henry Suso. One of the lines in the modern version found in today's hymnals says, "Christ was born to save!" We never forget that Christmas is a part of the Paschal mystery, and there is certainly an element of sorrow even in our joy (think of the Holy Innocents, for example). But on the whole it is a time when all of us can remember, or consider for the first time, the hope a newborn baby brings with it into this world. Let us rejoice this season as we remember that each one of us was born for a reason!