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In our weekly video series "Art That Surrounds Us," Johan van Parys, Ph.D., our Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares information about a piece from The Basilica of Saint Mary's art collection. This week, Johan shows us three representations of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception at The Basilica, in honor of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. May Mary, the one full of grace, guide us through Advent to the great celebration of the Incarnation, the birth of her Son.

 

 

 

As we cautiously plan for Christmas during these extraordinary times, we welcome you to join us in-person or via livestream for Mass.
 
If you are not able to attend in-person, please know that Archbishop Hebda’s dispensation of the obligation to attend Mass continues.
 
 
 
We would like you to be aware of the following changes this Christmas at The Basilica.
 
1) Pre-registration will be required for all Christmas liturgies. The form will open December 1-7.
 
2) For those attending Mass, face masks will be required and we will continue our health and safety protocols including health screening questions at check-in.
 
3) When filling out the attendance request form, please use only one request form per household.
 
4) There will be a limit of 8 registrations per household, and all 8 must live in the same household.
 
5) All Christmas liturgies will have limited attendance to allow for social distancing and while there will be music ensembles at every Mass, there will be limited congregational singing.
 
6) We invite you to consider celebrating a liturgy anytime from Christmas Eve through the Feast of the Holy Family. The four days from December 24th through the 27th offer more opportunities to attend Mass this year. 
 
7) We ask for your patience and prayers during these incredibly challenging times.

 

 

Christmas Vigil  
Thursday, December 24
3:00pm Vigil Eucharist (livestream)*
5:30pm Vigil Eucharist (livestream)
8:00pm Vigil Eucharist
Midnight Solemn Eucharist (livestream)*
 
Christmas Day
Friday, December 25
7:30am Eucharist at Dawn
9:30am Solemn Eucharist (livestream)*
             Celebrant: Archbishop Bernard Hebda 
Noon Solemn Eucharist 
4:30pm Eucharist (livestream)
There is no 6:30pm Mass.
 
The Feast of the Holy Family
Saturday, December 26
5:00pm Mass of Anticipation
 
Sunday, December 27
7:30am Eucharist 
9:30am Solemn Eucharist* (livestream)
11:30am Solemn Eucharist
4:30pm Eucharist 
There is no 6:30pm Mass.
 
 
*ASL Interpreted
 

Advent and Christmas at Home 2020

Resources, ideas, and tools to help you celebrate at home.

 

Advent and Christmas at Home 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.mary.org/adventhome

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.
John 1: 1, 14
 
 
 
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Openness and Attentiveness

A few weeks ago someone contacted me to arrange a time to meet with them. I suggested that we meet via Zoom. They thought this would be great and we agreed on a time and a date. They said they would send a link to the Zoom meeting. Now, since the pandemic began, I have somewhat reluctantly become very familiar with Zoom, so I automatically set up a Zoom meeting on my own. When the time for our meeting came, I dutifully started the Zoom meeting I had set up. After about 10 minutes, I received an email from the person informing me that they were at the meeting waiting for me. I immediately remembered they had said they would set up the meeting, and so I joined them at the Zoom meeting they had set up. I apologized for my tardiness and explained that I had mistakenly set up my own Zoom meeting and had been waiting for them. Fortunately they were able to see the humor in my gaffe and we had a good laugh over it. 

As I reflected on this experience, it occurred to me it was a good analogy for what sometimes happens in my prayer life. More times than I care to admit when I go to prayer, I am in one place waiting for God, and God is in another place waiting for me. Most often we eventually sync up, but other times we are like ships passing in the night. 

Of course, while I’d like God to shoulder some of the responsibility for the above, the reality is that it is entirely my fault. God does not operate on my schedule and God definitely isn’t at my beck and call. Having acknowledged this, however, it is also very important to note that God is always present and available to us, but it is on God’s terms, not ours. 

Given the above, the obvious question is: how do we become aware of God’s presence and availability to us? I believe the answer is found in two words: Openness and Attentiveness. God is always and everywhere present. We need to be open to that presence, whenever and however it occurs in our lives. One of the ways we can do this is by putting aside our expectations of how and where God should be present, and simply be open to the many and surprising ways God comes into our lives. Attentiveness helps us do that. Attentiveness is nothing more, but also nothing less, than simply putting aside our agenda, our preconceived ideas, and our sense of how things should be, and just resting and trusting in God’s presence, and opening ourselves to God’s grace.

Being open to God’s presence and availability is not easy. It requires patience and practice. And sometimes we end up in one place waiting for God and God is somewhere else waiting for us. When we get it right, though, we will find peace and hope in the tender embrace of our God’s love. 

 

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Noon Mass

In our weekly video series "Art That Surrounds Us," Johan van Parys, Ph.D., our Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares information about a piece from The Basilica of Saint Mary's art collection. Johan tells us about the Our Lady of Guadalupe vestment made by Santa Fe, NM, textile artist Phyllis Lehmberg. During our 30+ year working relationship with her, we've proudly acquired a vast collection of Lehmberg's silk vestments and liturigical paraments.

 

 

 

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