We are a day late due to wakeful children last night. It was quite an action-packed adventure at church, as you are about to read...
We were expecting someone to come and buy Nate's old guitar at 10 a.m. so we made sure Lucy was up early enough for us to go to 8 a.m. Mass. Jacob was easily up in time. We had an early quick breakfast and even managed to squeeze in showers for the parents before heading out to Mass.
Jacob is in the midst of intensive potty training (since it's a three-day weekend) so he came to church in big boy underpants. We were pretty excited about this but headed straight to the children's chapel lest there be an accident in the congregation. It worked out pretty well until Jacob decided he did have to poop right after the consecration. We put him in a diaper (he isn't ready for #2 on the toilet yet) and waited for him to drop the bomb. He waited and waited until it was time for communion. Finally he said he was done and needed his diaper changed. Angie took him to the bathroom while Lucy and I headed upstairs for communion. Lucy put money in the poor box and the book rack box before we received communion. By the time we got back, Angie and Jacob were just heading up the stairs. Too late for communion! Jacob did want to go in and see the musicians (which consisted of a lone organist). When they came back at the end of Mass, Jacob asked to light a candle (he saw them next to the organ). We explained how we should pray for an intention if we light a candle. Jacob said it should be for mommy. We went back in after the recessional hymn was over. We put some money in the box and helped him light the candle from another candle. Then Jacob said a little prayer for mommy. Heading back out, we ran into Father and asked if Angie could receive communion since she was caught mid-diaper change. He led her in and she was able to receive.
After heading out, we ran into a friend, special Bryan (who often ushers at the 8 a.m.) and got to meet his mom. Jacob calls him "Special Bryan" because we already know another Brian. His mom agreed with Jacob that Bryan is special and we said our goodbyes.
This was another week where the homily was mostly swallowed by the antics of the children. This week's gospel includes John the Baptist saying, "Behold the Lamb of God!" referring clearly to Jesus. Father commented that the new translation that is coming in Advent 2011 will change the prayer "This is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world, happy are those called to His supper" to "Behold the Lamb of God..." He talked a bit about how much better the new translation will be, with its immediacy, sense of awe, and the implicit idea that we will in fact hold the Lamb of God in us when we receive communion. A very profound and humbling thought.
Oh, and the guy who was supposed to buy the guitar never showed.