For Mass on January 2, I attended the 10 am Mass at St. Wenceslaus, which is in South St. Louis. St. Wenceslaus is an older church run by the Missionaries of the Holy Family. The Deacon mentioned they were replacing the protective glass around the stained glass windows with thinner clearer glass and repainting the inside.
I'm starting to think there was a sale on incense. The last four Masses I went to have all used incense. I love it!
Before Mass, the Novena to the Miraculous Medal was said.
Music was accompanied by an organ with the choir in the choir loft.
Opening: We Three Kings
Offertory: O Come, Little Children
Communion: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Recessional: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The homily was given by the Deacon. He started discussing "We Three Kings" and we don't really know how it became three or kings. There could have been more than three of them and it was likely that they were a priest in the religion of wherever they came from. They were the first Gentiles to worship Jesus. Remember the Gentiles were not expecting Christ. What of the gifts? Joseph most likely used the gold to support the family in Egypt. We have gifts: time, talent and treasure. The parish needs your time. Especially to clean. We are not only worshippers, we are participants. Vatican 2 opened the door for our participation. (He's referring to the Men's and Women's organizations...as if they didn't exist before 1965 or whenever). We are called to be neighbors to our neighbors. That's our journey.
After the intentions, a Prayer to the Holy Family was recited. Father used Eucharistic Prayer II and there were bells.
It's a nice diverse little parish: everyone was friendly.
View From the Back Pew
VIII: Jesus Comforts the Women of Jerusalem
Adoration of Jesus
Presentation in the Temple
Child Jesus Preaching in the Temple
Assumption of Mary
Website of St. Wenceslaus
Pictures from Rome of the West