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Waiting to Light the Pink Candle

December 15th, 2012by Fr. Rob Waller

There was Mass this evening in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newtown, Connecticut, with Monsignor Weiss praying with an overflow congregation of grieving and bewildered parishioners and townspeople. The church doors were thrown wide open for the Sacrifice of the Mass. Those doors will remain open throughout the night. Readers and speakers at the Mass were standing at the pulpit with the candles of the Advent wreath burning next to them.

The pink candle, the “rejoice” candle for the Third Sunday of Advent, referred to as Gaudete Sunday, was unlit, waiting to be lighted for Sunday Mass. It was Catholic Mass at its best, at a time when people needed most to feel the presence of God and to remember that Christ poured out his blood for us and for all. The governor spoke of faith. The pastor spoke of his hours spent during the day with grieving families. A letter and blessing from Pope Benedict was read.

Seeing the news report about the Mass made me feel proud to be Catholic and grateful to be a priest.

Photo: Flickr/benjamin.nussbaum

Fr. Rob Waller

Father Rob Waller is pastor of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Milford, Ohio, in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He blogs at With Open Doors