Christmas is a day and season dearly loved by the Sisters. Beginning with the procession of children presenting Father the Christ Child before Midnight Mass at the Cathedral, the Christmas season stretches to Candlemas and is filled with beautiful liturgies and little convent customs. One of our favorite Christmas day practices is our communal veneration of the Christ Child in His little crib. After Mother reverences Him, she holds Him so that each Sister can give Him a personal Christmas greeting before we all sing favorite Christmas hymns in His honor.
"Through sin, humanity separated itself from God. But God, because of his great love for us, came from heaven to seek us.
Why? In order that we might realize how much God loves us, and in gratitude love God in return. Any time a cat or dog comes to us from across the room, we can't help but respond by petting it and speaking to it. So why do we ignore God, who comes to us all the way from heaven?"
~ St. Alphonsus on the Incarnation
Christus natus est! Alleluia!
A Convent Christmas pictures