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Thursday, December 26, 2013

"BETHLEHEM" IN THE SOUTH ISLAND

This Christmas in New Zealand the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer celebrated the Word Made Flesh in a small beautiful wooden church outside of the city of Christchurch. A bus was hired to take a group of about thirty people to the church of St Brigid at Loburn. Others came from Rangiora and some from Loburn itself. We sang carols on the way to our 'Bethlehem' and again had carols before a Solemn High Mass, which was followed by refreshments and a fire works display. There were in all 73 faithful and 7 religious. It was a joyous and wonderful occasion and we share with you some of the photos.

 Carols by candlelight before the Solemn High Mass

The beautifully decorated altar. 

The Celebrant Father Anthony Mary incensing the Divine Infant

Gloria in Excelsis Deo! 

 Blessing of  the deacon before he sings the Gospel

 'Deacon' Father Yousef sings the Gospel of Midnight Mass

 "Et Verbum Caro Factum Est" during the Credo of the Mass

The Offertory 

Br Jean Marie holding the Paten with the Humeral Veil at the preface

 Elevation of the Sacred Host

 Elevation of the Precious Blood

"Ecce Agnus Dei"  Behold the Lamb of God

Blessing with Infant Jesus after Holy Mass

The Altar Servers with Sacred Ministers

7 comments:

Bertrand Fellow said...

It looks very beautiful, Father. A happy and holy Christmas to you and your community.

Konstantin said...

Splendid! God bless everybody in Christchurch.

Anonymous said...

I thought you already had a chapel in Christchurch, why was that not used?

Louise said...

is this your own church?

viterbo said...

Thanks for these photos...and for the site of, God willing at least, some the generation of soul saving Priests. Where is this little Church? I saw on the Christchurch Diocesan site Mother of Perpetual Succour Oraratory?

Transalpine Redemptorists said...

The Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour is our Monastery Oratory in Christchurch. However, it is not large enough to contain the many faithful who wished to attend Holy Mass on Christmas night.

Robert said...

How many people does your oratory seat?

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