Sunday, April 08, 2012
Tonight I went to candle light mass. The mass starts outside a moves inside with everyone carrying candles that were lit while we were outside. Before the mass starts, everyone is passing around baskets of candles so that everyone can get what they want. If you happen to miss the baskets as they pass you, not to worry, you can go up to the front where there are huge boxes of them for the taking. We all pray, get our candles lit, proceed inside. Beautiful.
Now realize that there are tons of people there because it is a holiday but most were gathered in the front as there was also baptisms going on. Also because it is a holiday, the mass was longer than its usual 1 hour. But, it seems some Catholics can only stand an hour because at the hour point some people started leaving. The whole thing ended up lasting about 3 hours.
Anyway, to wrap up this story... We go to communion and the area that I was sitting was not a lot of people after the exit at the 1 hour mark. In fact, I was the only person on my whole row. There was a couple sitting behind me and on there row was a lady at the far end. I find my row coming back from communion because I have my jacket and 2 candles. We stand for the final prayer and then the priest exits and so does the couple behind me. I stay for the final song. When the song is over, I turn back to pick up my jacket and candles. Hum... jacket but no candles. Wow.
Did I mention that when mass started, you could have grabbed as many candles as you wanted. Wow.