Fourth Sunday of Advent. Christmas Eve 2017

Fourth Sunday of Advent. Christmas Eve 2017

“I am the handmaid of the Lord,” said Mary, “let what you have said be done to me”. (Sunday Gospel)
Those simple but profound words of Mary have been an inspiration to Christians down the centuries. Whether it concerns the small happenings of our days or a life-changing event, we are encouraged to be as attentive, receptive and responsive to the unfolding of God’s plan for us as Mary was to the strange message of Gabriel. “Let it be done”.
It is a busy day in the monastery, with the Crib being erected, rooms being decorated and the chapel being made ready for Midnight Mass. Although the secular world has been celebrating Christmas for many weeks already, here in Carmel we have been immersed in the beautiful Advent liturgy with it’s beseeching, “Come, Lord Jesus.Come soon”. But with the formal announcement of Our Lord’s birth at the Martyrology this morning, Christmas preparations are immediately under way.