All the wrapping paper, the ribbons, tinsel, trees and lights, can’t distract the faithful from the real reason for the season.
Londoners celebrate Christmas Day mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica
Roman Catholics packed St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica Monday morning to celebrate Christmas Day mass at the historic downtown church – a ceremony to mark the birth of Jesus Christ - writes lfpress.com.
“At its base, Christmas is a religious feast to remember the birth of the son of God in human flesh some 2000 years ago,” said Rev. John Comiskey, bishop’s delegate with the Diocese of London.
“It’s all about our salvation. It’s about Jesus taking on our human nature so that he could offer it up on the cross to redeem us from our sins.”
Comiskey said Christmas is always a chance for faithful – even ones who haven’t darkened the door of a church in awhile – to come back to the fold.
“It’s one day of the year that they still feel welcomed, kind of like it’s part of their tradition,” he said.
“It’s one way they want to connect with God, with religion, with faith.”
This year’s Christmas season was particularly busy for Catholics. The fourth Sunday of Advent landed on Christmas Eve, meaning two straight days of masses for priests and faithful parishioners.
It’s an exciting time of year, one that brings out a different kind of atmosphere within Christian churches, Comiskey said.
After the mass itself, Comiskey’s favourite part of the Christmas season is seeing the church community gather together.
“The sound of the church, the children, the excitement – it’s a good noise,” he said, adding a whole congregation singing Christmas carols and hymns is a sight to behold.
“Everybody sings, which is wonderful because you don’t always get that at every mass. . . There’s a real spirit of being together at the service.”
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