The church itself is classic but has been rearranged in a more modern style. I was rather surprised to see a lack of Afro-centric Art given that the parish is predominately African American.
Everyone was very friendly and during the Sign of Peace, it was a hugging, hand-shakin' free for all.
The music was Gospel based.
Opening: Walk in the Light
Presentation of the Gifts: Make Us One
Communion Hymn: The Lord is My Light
Communion Mediation: We Are Not Ashamed
Closing: Follower of Christ
The homily was on the longer side. Father started out talking about his recent trip to the South and his visits to various Civil Rights history spots. What did it take for those various groups to accomplish things? They were united behind a vision. They had unity of vision. Father then tied this to the second reading from St. Paul. Christ is uniting. We destroy the Power of the Cross when we fight with each other. Jesus brings light to those in darkness. How does He fulfill this? Jesus forms a community. You know you are a community by how you love each other. Father then seemingly compared Dr. Martin Luther King to St. Paul. We are called to be a light in our community, which flows from the altar. Father finished by speaking about the need for unity in the parish.
Father used Eucharistic Prayer II, but sung the Preface. There were bells and patens! A Hail Mary was added after the Prayers of the Faithful and the Anime Christi after Communion.
View From the Back Pew!!
Leaving the Garden of Eden
(You can see Mary in this window)
Noah and the Rainbow
Wedding at Cana
Raising the Girl from the Dead
Jesus with Children
The Last Supper
Jesus Meets His Mother
The Risen Jesus (?) meeting Peter, John, James
Jesus Consoles the Widows
(Some Saints of the Jesuit Order)
Website of St. Matthew
Pictures from Rome of the West