(The Cathedral sanctuary by day)
I must blog a bit about the very excellent service, broadcast by the ABC here in Australia, of carols and so forth in preparation for Christmas at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne. It was far from a pale imitation of Anglican carols and lessons as some naysayers claimed over on Sentire cum Ecclesia some time back - rather, it was very Catholic indeed, culminating in Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament!
What a joy, and one trusts what a splendid impulse to compel conversions to the Faith, to see Catholic belief in and worship of the Real Presence brought into homes and mayhap into hearts: while "O come all ye faithful" (written, BTW, centuries ago precisely to serve as a Christmas Benediction hymn) was sung, the Sacrament was exposed in the monstrance and censed, and while the choir sang a magnificent polyphonic motet (Verbum caro factum est - the eighth responsory of Christmas Matins) It was censed again, paid the latria due our Incarnate God in His Presence on the altar, and then Archbishop Hart gave solemn Benediction. Wow!