The Spirit of Christmas
The spirit of Christmas came alive early at Holy Family Home this year. The Residents in the new healthcare pavilion began decorating almost two weeks before the Solemn Feast. With the help of Villanova University students and Christ in the City volunteers, a large Christmas tree sprung from floor to the ceiling. Lights were strung, balls were hung and a spectacular angel stood atop the tree appearing to proclaim with the Baptist, “A way for the Lord has been prepared.” A Nativity set was arranged with the precision and skill of Michelangelo. The Holy Family took center stage surrounded by shepherds and sheep. The Magi could be spotted in the East approaching on two camels and a white tusked elephant. Angels proclaimed the Birth of Jesus.
At the same time the Holy Family Resident choir was preparing to serenade our Newborn King after Christmas Eve Mass. In line with a long history of Philadelphia Philharmonic Conductors, Sr Elisabeth de St. Jean Baptiste led her choir, baton and all. Dorothy Gomes and Sr Thérèsa Michel’s melodious voices guided the Residents through our special rendition of Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World, Silent Night and The Christmas Song. Smiles flourished and some tears were spotted, especially on the cheeks of our chaplain, Father James Sullivan.
As the evening advanced, it seemed like everyone could hear the voice of a young lad joyfully saying, “A Merry Christmas to us all! God bless us, everyone!”