I hope this week I am more successful at "And with your spirit" because no matter if I read off of the paper or even prompted myself "Hey Stacy, it's coming up. Do it right.", I continuously merged the old and the new, saying "And also with your spirit".
I am so, so, so thankful for the opportunity to focus better in mass. It's such a beautiful chance for us to quit saying things for memory (and admittedly, for me at least, often saying the various responses but not really focusing) and actually think about what, and more importantly, why, we are saying things.
I'm really excited for mass again this weekend to really focus on the Eucharistic prayers. For some reason, it was hard for me to catch last week what they were saying. I could tell they were saying changes, but couldn't quite make them out (possibly because both the bishop and priest were saying it together). I had my missal with me, but I really love watching that part, so I didn't want to start fumbling with my missal. I'll have to make sure I sit close again this Sunday.
We (as RCIA sponsors and candidates/catechumens) sat in reserved seating at the front of the church, which was really nice. We typically sit a little closer than the middle of the church on Sundays, but I could tell I was better able to focus sitting so close, which definitely helped me enjoy the changes even more. You know, not as many opportunities to look at the precious babies in the pews around me. It was also nice because I thought about how special it was for this year's catechumens/candidates that they don't have to feel out of place anymore- they are learning just like we are!
Slightly off topic, but it was interesting to see Steven get blessed by the Bishop. The priests always put their hand on his head (and the EM's seem to not know what to do with him lol) but the bishop put his hand on Steven's wrist. Speaking of the bishop, I wonder if his alter servers have to travel with him? It seems like your average alter server wouldn't know what to do since they don't ever have to carry the mitre or the crozier. We noticed they were teens while the average Sacred Heart server is probably 10-12 and wondered if his have to be older so they can drive to where he is at!
Back on topic. Our church did a really good job of preparing us. We had already been doing the singing for about two months and they would slowly incorporate more things. So all that was different for us was the responses and word changes, not the singing. Even though the transition was really that smooth, I'm sure it would have been much more chaotic if they had changed everything at once. I certainly appreciated the practice and the sneak peaks of what was to come.
And because I'm out of things to say on that topic... I am SO EXCITED for our weekend. It starts in Wake Forest with our first Creighton Model NFP class. I am so ready and excited for that. Afterwards, The Cupcake Shoppe is hosting their semi annual open house, which means free mini cupcakes (holiday flavors this time- yum!). I used to live in walking distance of them, and have spent way less time there now that I have to drive there, which is a good thing, but I miss them! So we are going to park near there, have some samples, and then walk to church for a holiday craft fair (I also used to be able to walk to church every week- those were the days!). Afteward, we are splurging on a dinner out to celebrate our 2 years anniversary of our first date. We found this restaurant Tokyo House in N. Raleigh a couple months back because we had a BOGO coupon. It was seriously the most delicious hibachi I've ever had. When we got home... we found another coupon! So we've been saving it since summer to use for this purpose. After that, we are attending Winter Fest downtown which starts on Saturday. They light a tree, open an ice rink, have music, food vendors, etc. We won't buy anything, but we love walking around, enjoying the hustle and bustle. Such a busy day but I can't wait!!
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