Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at Jigok Catholic Church

After eight years as Catholics, we are at our third parish, not because we have moved but because, due to Church growth in South Korea, our original parish has already split twice. (No news of parish mergers here.) The pictures below of our new parish, Jigok Catholic Church (지곡성당), were taken less than a week after the first Mass was celebrated in her sanctuary. (Click on the images to enlarge them.)

Parishes in the Orient are named after their neighborhood, not their patron saint.

Impossible to see here, we are situated on a hill on the outskirts of town, with a fine command of the hills to the northeast, as this daytime view, taken a few weeks ago when she was still under construction, attests — My New Parish.

As you can see above, traditional forms are the new trend in church architecture here.

At center, our first little angel.

The procession, with Mary and Joseph carried by a couple wearing hanbok.

On the far left bottom corner, our other angel. (If you look close enough, you can find my wife and me.)

Yes, smells and bells are permissible in the Novus Ordo, even versus populum.

Our pastor sharing the peace with our angel, who did not get her two front teeth for Christmas. (Yeah, that's me behind her, next to my wife, obscured by the mantilla of the woman next to her.)

Our pastor sharing the peace with an angel next to ours, both sleeping in heavenly peace.

Our first angel fighting off sleep.

Our second angel surrendered to it.

Our pastor with the Infant Jesus and ten little angels, and our auxiliary pastor hiding in the back. (No shortage of vocations here; parishes don't share pastors, pastors share parishes.)

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3 Comments:

Blogger love the girls said...

very lovely

9:53 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks.

11:22 PM  
Blogger Francis Xavier said...

Would it really be Christmas for these lovely pictures without a real scrooge?

I would have thought that the JP2 - Marcial pedo-Maciel love affair (the LoCs were top of the charts in the number of recruits) would have taught us not to use the quantity of ordinati as the metric by which we judge the health of the church.

12:41 AM  

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