For the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, I attended the 7 am (ugh!) Mass at St. Raphael the Archangel.
St. Raphael always makes me think of an old Protestant Church in New England. It just seems colonial. I still have a hard time dealing with drapes in the windows of a Catholic Church.
Because of the extreme early-ness, there was no music, but there were bells at the Consecration. Father used Eucharistic Prayer II.
Father gave a brief homily about how the first reading was actually the first prophecy about Mary and Jesus. He gave it a Latin term which I didn't catch. The snake in the first reading refers to Satan. The seed is sin and spiritual death. The reading refers to Mary though.
St. Raphael the Archangel
St. Raphael and Tobiah
View from the Back Pew!
Website of St. Raphael the Archangel
Pictures from Rome of the West