This Christmas in New Zealand the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer celebrated the Word Made Flesh in a small beautiful wooden church outside of the city of Christchurch. A bus was hired to take a group of about thirty people to the church of St Brigid at Loburn. Others came from Rangiora and some from Loburn itself. We sang carols on the way to our 'Bethlehem' and again had carols before a Solemn High Mass, which was followed by refreshments and a fire works display. There were in all 73 faithful and 7 religious. It was a joyous and wonderful occasion and we share with you some of the photos.
Carols by candlelight before the Solemn High Mass
The beautifully decorated altar.
The Celebrant Father Anthony Mary incensing the Divine Infant
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!
Blessing of the deacon before he sings the Gospel
'Deacon' Father Yousef sings the Gospel of Midnight Mass
"Et Verbum Caro Factum Est" during the Credo of the Mass
Br Jean Marie holding the Paten with the Humeral Veil at the preface
Elevation of the Sacred Host
Elevation of the Precious Blood
"Ecce Agnus Dei" Behold the Lamb of God
The Altar Servers with Sacred Ministers