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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas on Papa Stronsay

My just one is near at hand, my saviour is gone forth, and my arms shall judge the people: the islands shall look for me, and shall patiently wait for my arm. Isaiah 51:5

Awaiting the coming of our Saviour on the Holy Island of Papa Stronsay, Br Felix prepares the refectory in memory of the stable of Bethlehem.  Every year on Christmas Eve we spread straw on the floor to remind us of Christ's humble birth-place.


At 11pm we sing carols by candle-light for an hour before Mass.
Sing ye to the Lord a new song, his praise is from the ends of the earth: you that go down to the sea, and all that are therein: ye islands, and ye inhabitants of them. Isaiah 42:10

Before Mass begins, Fr Magdala Maria places the figure of the Divine Infant into the crib.

At the Holy Mass of Christmas night, Our Lord Jesus Christ descends once more to the earth at the call of the priest.


We wish a happy and blessed Christmas to you all!


thetimman said...

And everything that actually matters is right there among you. May your community always be so blessed!

Merry Christmas to you all!

Konstantin said...

The picture of the elevation will be my desktop picture until Candlemass. Merry Christmas!

Anne B said...

As twelfth night approaches I wish you all the blessings of the Divine Christ Child His holy Mother and St Joseph. The earthly Trinity by whom we are guided to Heaven. Let us bring Him our own gifts: the gold of our lives the frankincense of our devotion and the myrrh of our suffering in union with this poor youngling - our Saviour.

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