Some years back, you might know that I worked at the base chapel. Spent too many hours there. My little guys thought that active participation in the Mass included them ushering and bringing up the gifts EVERY SINGLE WEEK. As if we were the Magi family or some sort. My husband jokingly called us the “Von Trapp Family Liturgical Specialists.” Ouch. We took a well-deserved break to climb a few mountains. (Ahem.)
But music geeks and liturgical nerds like us are attracted like moths to a flame. I guess we cannot help it.
And so it happened that not only did my two youngest, ages 9 and 10, serve on the altar for Christmas Eve Mass, but there were four McGuires up there singing too. Thankfully, we are a big crowd, so we still had three participants out there praying. (Yes, the head count is off. Pete was in New Zealand with my parents. Tough gig!) But it was sooooo calming and lovely to sing Puer Natus with Dan and Maryellen and Patrick, all standing around the organ, and hearing that lovely melody roll off the back wall by the manger and imagine we were lulling the little baby to sleep.
So geeking out over the music seems to be my new hobby. At least for now, its okay to have a quorum of McGuires near the altar every week. I just don’t want to forget that the best participation in the liturgy requires no extra practices but just showing up and getting on my knees.
And its still Christmas, until Sunday. We’ll be including Puer Natus in the liturgy when Father baptizes a baby this weekend. In cordis jubilo!