Wednesday, June 19, 2024

On Christmas Eve, Bishop Senior Celebrates Holy Mass at Cathedral

On a calm, clearing Christmas Eve night, Bishop Timothy Senior celebrated the Nativity of the Lord at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg, at the 4 p.m. and midnight Masses with the Mother Church of the Diocese filled to its capacity for both liturgies.

Bishop Senior blessed the large, handsome creche after his homily – a homily in which he told the faithful that “angels still bring the same message today… seek, find and draw close to the baby Jesus.”

“Jesus is the smile of God, Pope Francis tells us. Look for that smile of the baby Jesus…. He is always hoping that we catch His smile, and when we do, we can share that joy with others in our lives,” Bishop Senior said.

He concluded his homily by sharing that one of his favorite carols of the Christmas season is It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, especially the second verse, which he sung for the faithful.

Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heavenly music floats
Over all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains,
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever over its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

(Photos by Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness.)

By Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness

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