Yesterday at noon I celebrated a Vigil Mass at the Ilford Hospital Chapel which included the Blessing of the Crib and the Angelus. I was pleasantly surprised by the numbers who came to support this Mass some of whom I have not seen previously and bearing in mind that many who normally come to Mass on a Thursday will be attending their own churches for Midnight Mass etc.
It was then home and lunch, and then of to St. Augustine’s, Rush Green, for the packed Christingle Service at 4.30 at which I played the organ. Home afterwards for a few hours then back for the a wonderful Midnight Mass at which I preached and concelebrated. After Mass and a very welcome sherry and mince pie home to bed for a few hours then back again for the Mass of the Day. The weather was quite shocking, thunder, lightning and teaming rain plus partly flooded roads which sadly prevented some from being able to get to church.
After Mass to our daughter and son-in-laws for a splendid Christmas Dinner followed by enjoying watching our grandchildren open their presents. All together a great Christmas and it’s not over yet. Tomorrow our daughter and family will come to us and on Friday our son, our daughter-in-law and our other two grandchildren will be coming. On Saturday we have a Carol/Christmas Music Concert at the Chapel.