I’ve heard there’s a stir among some Christians concerning assorted Protestant congregations declining to have services Sunday morning the 25th.
I wish to encourage this habit.
I’ve already told my mother-in-law that if *her* mother-in-law, whose Baptist church is hosting a service Christmas Eve only (during which time she’ll be busy with the family), if she in her deprivation would like to visit my Catholic parish Sunday morning? I will absolutely attend two, yes two, Christmas Masses so that my poor beleaguered Protestant relative has company.
[I’m obliged to be at Mass on the vigil, firm commitment. And, yes, I hate crowed Christmas Masses just as much as everyone else. But I’ll take one for the team, you bet.]
I’ll be honest, I’m surprised to hear about this year’s church-service defecting. Years ago (2011?) my son was sitting with my husband at his evangelical church on a Sunday Christmas morning, and the pastor in his sermon asked, “And why are we here this morning?” To which my son responded: “Because it’s Sunday.”
Which was correct. In years when Christmas didn’t fall on a Sunday, my then-Protestant husband came to Mass with the mackeral-snappers, because that was the only Christmas-morning action in town.
Thus a year or two later my husband came to Mass with us one Christmas non-Sunday morning and promptly forgot to ever go anywhere else. Within a month he’d gone and reverted to the Catholic faith. Thank you Protestants! Keep up the good work!
So it’s with mischievous hopefulness that I’m hearing so many non-Catholics won’t be having church this Sunday. You Catholic friends? Stand in the back and help the vagrants find seats in your pews. Thanks everyone!
Artwork by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1526/1530–1569) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons