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Christmas Celebrations at American Czestochowa Print E-mail

 

 Christmas Celebrations at American Czestochowa

"And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us" (John 1:14)

On Christmas Day we celebrate one of the greatest mysteries of our faith - the Incarnation of God, who out of His great love for us, came down on Earth and took on the human nature, as an infant.    

We have celebrated this joyful fact at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA. We began our celebrations on December 24th with the Christmas Vigil Mass at 5 PM in English. About 2,000 people have participated during this Mass, filling our beautifully decorated Church. Fr. Edward Volz, the Director of the Shrine, was the Main Celebrant of this Solemnity. In His homily He reminded all of us, that the new born Savior came into the World not as a political Messiah but a spiritual one.

- "With the world as it is today, we no longer can be just Christmas and Easter people, we have to be totally Christian, for every Sunday we celebrate both - Christmas and Easter in Word and Sacrament. Christmas is a time of renewal of faith and love of the Father, who sent his Son, so that we can live in the spirit and overcome our fallen nature" - Fr. Volz said.

The Polish speaking community gathered at the Shrine for the traditional "Shepherd's Mass" at midnight. About 1,000 people came for this Mass from few different states, such as New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The Main Celebrant of the Midnight Mass was Fr. Tadeusz Lizinczyk, the newly elected Provincial of the Pauline Order in USA. In His homily, Fr. Provincial pointed out few contrasts, present in the liturgy during this night - darkness and light, love of God and indifference of men.

-"We have gathered here in this Church during the night, in order to see the light. It is the night that shows us how much we need the light. During the night we see that without the light we cannot find a way. That is why Jesus Christ comes as a contrast, as the light during the night. He comes as the light for those, whose night is a sin. (...) But tonight we can see more contrasts. In the Gospel there is a contrast between love, which God brought to humanity through the birth of Jesus Christ, and on the other hand, we can there is indifference, rejection, and no room for the Holy Family. And yet, the love, that Jesus Christ brought, always comes" - Fr. Lizinczyk reminded us.

After the celebrations The Pauline Fathers and Brothers met with the faithful in the Cafeteria where they shared "Christmas Wafer" ("Opłatek").

Fr. Timothy Tarnacki OSPPE

Photos:

Grzegorz Tymiński

Fr. Timothy Tarnacki OSPPE

 

Christmas Vigil Mass 2017

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Pasterka 2017 - "Shepherd's Mass"

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