Thursday, December 26, 2013

A few pics and video from Assumption Grotto at Midnight, Christmas

Here are some pictures and video taken with my iPhone at Midnight Mass at Assumption Grotto this year.  I did not take my main camera because with the windows blackened by night, it is not as beautiful as it will be during daylight.  I wanted to take in the Mass without too much concern over getting pictures, as I'm sure many of you will appreciate.  God-willing, I will have more in the coming days when I take my main camera back with me.  Pictures may be shared by other bloggers, with a link back to this post.

These are private Masses after Midnight Mass, as explained below with the video of the same. 

These video clips are not the best quality, but give you an idea of what took place, and how the church is decorated.  Feel free to share.  These are embeddable through YouTube.

With Fr. Perrone, associate Fr. Bustamante, and the Fathers of the Order of the Holy Cross who assist, there are enough priests to cover the Masses.  But, priests are allowed to celebrate more Masses on Christmas and the priests use those to offer additional Masses.  Some of these happen at the conclusion of the Solemn High Mass at Midnight.  Below you see Fr. Perrone celebrating at the Altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Fr. Bustamante celebrating at the Sacred Heart Altar.  Both are private Masses using the 1962 Missal.  You would never know, by the silence, that roughly 40 people remained prayerfully in the pews, scattered about the Church, but mostly congregating in the pews near the two altars.  These Masses took place around 2:00 AM.

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