Sr. Aloysia throwing bread to migrating birds.
'O Holy Night' with flute and guitar
Ours was not only a blessed but also a truly white Christmas this year because the snow kept coming. But despite the unfavorable condition on the road, there were still quite a number of churchgoers who braved the snow, even more than we expected. The Gregorian choir of the Norbertine Abbey in Grimbergen contributed a lot in making our midnight Mass very solemn.
On Christmas day itself, we also had a very well prepared Liturgy. Two of our Sisters and two lay musicians played the flute. Our churchgoers greeted us after the Mass as a tradition on special and big feasts like Christmas and Easter.
In the evening of the 25th, the Novitiate presented a short play around the crib, a dialogue between the ox and the ass, a choral presentation with illustrations on the Chrismas Alphabet, then "O Holy Night" with flute and guitar. Simple yet meaningful presentation that delighted our Sisters. We then retired early to make up for our lack of sleep the previous night because we return to bed at past 2:00 o'clock in the morning because after the midnight mass we still partook of some warm drink and bread.
Wishing you all a blessed and happy Christmas and a grace-filled 2011!