On Sunday, the choirs of St Mary, St Andrew, and St Theresa of Lisieux parishes in Billerica had a combined Advent/Christmas concert. They did great! Below is my attempt at a panoramic photo of the combined choirs singing.
Almighty God, who command us to prepare the way for Christ the Lord, grant in your kindness, we pray, that no infirmity may weary us as we long for the comforting presence of our heavenly physician. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Tony Hendra in his book, Father Joe, shares his initial thought when he would enter a church and see the sanctuary candle alit, “the Savior is in!” For Tony and us, the sanctuary lamp points to the presence of the Holy Eucharist in the tabernacle. Knowing that Our Lord is with us should give us a great comfort in the face of trials and suffering. More than just being a comforting presence, Jesus heals us of that which ails us. In the Sacrament of Confession, Jesus restores the order of our souls which we often make a mess of. In the Anointing of the Sick, Jesus cures that which spiritually ails us. Every person should make prayer a daily practice so that they can always experience the Lord’s comforting presence. May we always know that, “the Savior is in!”