Monday, December 25, 2017
WAS THE LAST GOSPEL READ AT YOUR ORDINARY FORM CHRISTMAS MASS?
I did a daring thing this morning at the only Mass of Christmas Day we had at St. Anne's the Christmas Mass at dawn. It was spontaneous but oh so effective.
After the Prayer after Holy Communion, I had my normal brief announcements and then received an inspiration of the Holy Ghost who told me to read the Last Gospel, The Prologue of John. Of course this Gospel is read for the Christmas Mass at Day, so it was in the Book of the Gospel already at the ambo.
So I told the congregation, as well as our cantor who announces the recessional, that after the Solemn Blessing of Christmas and Dismissal, I would go to the ambo and proclaim the Last Gospel as is the norm in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass but quite apropos for Christmas Masses in the vernacular Ordinary Form Mass.
I worked out beautifully! After I read the Last Gospel, the recessional began, "Joy to the World" and the priest and ministers departed.
Did you experience the Last Gospel in your vernacular Ordinary Form Christmas Mass?