At Midnight Mass I found out that our pastor Fr. Leon had collapsed at an earlier Mass and was in the ICU. He had previously been receiving chemotherapy for cancer and had returned t work. So I would ask my readers to pray for Fr. Leon who is truly a humble and holy priest who has fully given of himself for the care of souls.
That announcement was a rather bittersweet way to start Mass, but still the celebration of the Feast of the Incarnation can not truly be dampened. I am able to love Fr. Leon because Christ first loved us and it is his imitation of Christ that so draws my love.
The Mass was still quite beautiful as once again we had members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra there to accompany our choir as the performed Missa in C – Trinitatis. Mass is always beautiful, but there is a special joy in celebrating this feast. It is also nice to see the Church totally packed – which is pretty good for a downtown church. I was also glad to see that our assistant pastor informed people about Communion and that only Catholics could receive. Too bad though that I then saw several groups of people just leave. Though that is the sad indicator that the Body of Christ is still fragmented and a reminder to pray for the union that Jesus prayed for.