Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Christmas 2021 Photopost (Part 2)

Photoposts are always a challenge, because we usually receive far more beautiful pictures than we can realistically make room for, although this is, of course, a great problem to have. So even though there will only five churches in each, we received enough such images of Christmas liturgies that it seemed better to split the remaining submissions into two separate posts. As always, we are very grateful to all the contributors, and we wish you all a most blessed feast of the Epiphany.

St Mary’s Oratory – Wausau, Wisconsin (ICRSP)
Prime sung on the morning of Christmas Eve
The statue of Baby Jesus is carried into the church and enthroned on the high altar before the beginning of the Midnight Mass.

Holy Innocents – New York City
Pictures of three major feasts by the tireless Arrys Ortañez: Midnight Mass of Christmas 
The Feast of St John the Evangelist

The traditional blessing of wine

Solemn Mass on the church’s patronal feast day.
St Therese the Little Flower – Memphis, Tennessee
Tradition will always be for the young.
St Joseph’s Shrine – Detroit, Michigan (ICRSP)
St Dominic’s Church and Shrine of the Holy Rosary – London, England
Courtesy of Fr Lawrence Lew. The shrine has 14 side-chapels, each one dedicated to a mystery of the Rosary. The Joyful mysteries and the first two Sorrowful ones run down the church’s left side-aisle, from near the main sanctuary toward the back; the latter three Sorrowful and first four Glorious go from the back up the right side-aisle. The fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation of the Virgin, is commemorated in the main apse around the high altar, which has recently been restored and re-gilded. In these first two photos, we see the Christmas decorations in the side-chapel dedicated to the Third Joyful Mystery, the Birth of Our Lord.
The high altar

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