With the culmination of the Advent season, we ushered in the Nativity of our Lord at Christmas Eve Mass in our Mullen Home chapel.
“For unto us a child is born.”
Arranging the chapel for the arrival of the Infant Jesus was a communal project. Everyone worked from the early morning hours until it was time for our beautiful celebration of Christmas Eve Mass. The lovely poinsettias donated by local nurseries, and the trees which had the lights arranged so nicely were the perfect scene for the Birth of Our Lord. Mass began with the procession of the child Jesus by one of our Residents, Mary Blagusz, who in turn offered the Baby Jesus to our chaplain and celebrant, Father Tom Poulsen, OP who placed the Infant in the manger.
“You will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”
The repetition of the familiar verse, “O Come O Come Emmanuel” led us to ‘welcome Christ’ because He was finally among us! We the people have seen the great light, and that light is Jesus Christ. This year was ever more special with the arrival of our new tabernacle, donated by one of our dear benefactors completing the final touch of our newly renovated chapel. It arrived early in the morning just in time for our Christmas Eve morning all the way from Spain, and we made way for the “Eucharistic Jesus” in a new and special way.