Monday, 14 January 2008

Even Solomon in all his glory ..

The trees and the crib are taken down today, as we return to ordinary time after the Christmas season. So, a final glimpse at the sanctuary arrayed in its glory, as Fr Slawek celebrated the 10.30 Mass yesterday.

As previously noted, the crib in St Jospeh's chapel will remain until Candlemas.


Anonymous said...

I don't understand why you waited to today to take down the crib and xmas trees. Shouldn't they have come down on 6th Jan or after the ephiany?

Mark Langham said...

Christmas tide, or the season of Christmas, actually continues until the feast of the Baptism of the Lord - that is why the priests continue to wear white during that time. The custom of removing decorations after Epiphany probably relates both to Twlefth Night (the twelve days of Christmas being the traditional period of Christmas celebration), and to the secular notion of 'getting back to work'.