A message from Brigid ....

I have been a blogger since 2005. At the height of my blogging busy-ness, I had "a small stable" of blogs on different topics: social and political commentary; desert spirituality; food; waste and ....

A few years ago I called time and ceased blogging altogether - although there was an occasional post. I had called it quits. I am an aged woman these days with a couple of serious illnesses. I am not allowed to drive. I am no longer active in organisations. I think it fair to say that I am housebound. I am active on Facebook, although I am not there as often as once I was. I have decided to embark on a re-entry into the blogging world ... beginning with The Trad Pad and, possibly, a return to my food blog, Oz Tucker. I have always used a lot of photographs on my blogs ... and I miss not being out and about with my camera.

The Trad Pad has been my blog for the lovely things of life. The controversial or political has seldom intruded. Occasionally, the spiritual has found its way in, but I kept spirituality for the blog, Desert. I don't yet know if I will revive that. I will stick pretty much to food and the lovely things of life. If I have some regularity with those two categories, I feel that I will be doing well. I hope that, with this blog new friendships can be formed and old friendships renewed; new lovelies discovered; new reflections can enter into the meaning of modern life. I would love to hear from you - particularly if you have suggestions for new topics to enter into the conversation. So, it is a new year. Let's see what it has in store, what it can bring to us. And I hope that those who share the spirit of The Trad Pad can spread the message of a world of beauty, the creativity of humanity, and the joys of simplicity and tradition. ~~~ February, 2017

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Come all ye faithful - and they came

I have just returned from Carols and Midnight Mass
at my local parish church - St Thomas's Anglican Church - at Upper Ferntree Gully.
It was beautiful.
We started at 11pm - with the lighting of the last Advent candle.
Here they all are above: The Paschal Candle lit at Easter surrounded by the Advent candles.
Then there was much carolling with singing led by Carol and Ron on the piano.
At 11.25pm the church was plunged into darkness for a quiet time prior to the service starting.
The only light came from outside through the wonderful stained glass cross above the altar
and through one of the long rectangular stained glass windows on a side wall.
At 11.30pm the procession began and into the church it came
with the priest at the rear in his festive white vestments.
As the procession came into the church,
Carol (by now up in the choir loft) sang the first verse of Once in Royal David's City
and the rest of us, now accompanied by the organ, joined in the singing.
This without hymn books or overhead projectors.
The packed congregation (extra seating was placed in the centre aisle) sang their hearts out.
As we got half way through the Kyrie
lights began to come on including the lighting of our tapers and every other candle in the place
including those in candelabra that graced the sills of the stained glass windows
along with individual flower arrangements for each window.
Below is a picture of a flower arrangement by Ray.

In front of the altar, is a handmade knitted woollen creche.

Very simple and crafted with love.

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Looking down on all this were some crafty figures:

sort of a cross between a candle and a snowman displaying the gifts of faith, hope, love, joy, and peace.

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And it all ended with mince pies and fairy cakes in the narthex and best wishes for a Happy Christmas.

A merry christmas to all and to all a good-night
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