This is the 8th day of the Octave of Christmas. So there is a Solemn High Mass, honoring The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord.

I went to Mass this morning. It was a Christmas celebration for those who missed the first one or just wanted a reprise. There was incense, lovely fragrant incense, and Latin chants of the sung portions of the Mass, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, et. al. And the church is A sanctuary for beauty, stained glass windows, marble statuary, frescoes, and terrazo work. I need this beauty. From it, I regain a modicum of sanity and serenity.

No, I don’t want to argue about the Truth of Catholicism, the corruption within the Church, both financial and sexual, or Her policy positions on a myriad of subjects. There is the time when I need the serenity and the peace. I don’t think I am alone.

St Benedict, the Apse and Sanctuary.

The five saints are Augustine, Gregory, Benedict, Jerome, and Ambrose. the figures in relief are the Apostles present at The Last Supper, plus Judas Iscariot (not in my picture).

Our current priest doesn’t celebrate the Mass, ad orientam. Hence the low altar is used.