Christmas Mass Live-Tweet 2010

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* Trying to figure out a way to livetweet the Christmas Eve mass without my mother noticing.
Fri Dec 24 20:02:19 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* After a rushed exit, arrived at St. Pat’s. Knave at 15% capacity. Mass begins at 4:30, but mom’s paranoid about not getting a seat.
Fri Dec 24 20:49:31 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* A full 8 songs in the program tonight: angels we have heard, oh come all ye, away in a manger, oh little town. Typically secular 1st act.
Fri Dec 24 20:57:29 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Second half is darker, with 1st noel, followed by silent night and what child is this. Joy to the world for the big finish.
Fri Dec 24 21:00:49 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Pews about 30% full with 30min to go. Seasoned parishioners are toward the back, leaving room for family only here to see kids in pageant.
Fri Dec 24 21:04:43 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* We’ll be using the Nativity Vigil readings. Gospel is genealogy of Jesus—14 generations back to Abraham. Luckily we do a pageant instead.
Fri Dec 24 21:10:15 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* 15 minutes to kickoff & good seats no longer available. Still pews reserved up front—kids make their big entrance with the opening number.
Fri Dec 24 21:15:19 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Less pushy parishioners already beginning to stand, while the organist warms up the pipes with a competent but under-paced holiday medley.
Fri Dec 24 21:18:13 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Kids are entering, led by long-time pageant director Mrs C. If costumes are any indication, she’s in a bit of a creative rut.
Fri Dec 24 21:29:15 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Full house for sure now. Mass is officially underway. http://twitpic.com/3j7zdq
Fri Dec 24 21:30:17 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Readings are Isaiah 62:1-5, acts 13-15. basically, lots of promises for Jesus to deliver on. Jury’s still out, IMHO.
Fri Dec 24 21:43:01 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Steffie and Olivia give a decent prose intro; strong voices. Pageant goes into verse at this point.
Fri Dec 24 21:45:01 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Annunciation scene. Gabriel is very poorly mic’d.
Fri Dec 24 21:46:00 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Mary is about 2 feet taller than Joseph, reflecting the size of her role both in this production and Catholicism as a whole.
Fri Dec 24 21:48:25 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* The narration is stitched together by one-verse cuts to largely secular holiday tunes. It’s like a jukebox musical in reverse.
Fri Dec 24 21:50:05 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* A shepherd gets comically close to the mic. He draws some laughs but retains a deadpan reminiscent of Buster Keaton.
Fri Dec 24 21:51:17 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* The emphasis here was clearly on remembering lines, not emoting them. That said, the kids can fire them off at breakneck speeds.
Fri Dec 24 21:54:59 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Herod always steals the show. By making the antagonist so likable, they’ve really added moral depth to an otherwise one-dimensional script.
Fri Dec 24 21:56:56 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* The cast receives thunderous applause, though no encores and only one round of bows. http://twitpic.com/3j89a9
Fri Dec 24 21:58:35 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Lose toddlers have interrupted the homily. Priest takes it in stride.
Fri Dec 24 22:00:45 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* What Child is the offertory hymn. Not exactly the sunshiny sort of thing I’d coordinate with asking for donations.
Fri Dec 24 22:10:14 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Transubstantiation might have been less of a miracle w/the screen; some actual bread-flesh process might have been underway back there.
Fri Dec 24 22:35:30 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Unannounced choir-only version of O Holy Night! Huge energy in the crowd now.
Fri Dec 24 22:37:25 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Confusion reigns as parishioners attempt to get to one of four communion stations through the SRO space in the aisles.
Fri Dec 24 22:40:44 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Host didn’t sear my tongue. Good thing, too—no wine/blood on offer tonight.
Fri Dec 24 22:44:10 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* And that’s a wrap. Good show this year, made even better by the omission of Go Tell it on the Mountain.
Fri Dec 24 22:52:17 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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* Should also recognize the priest, who delivered a tight, entertaining sermon and managed to be kid-friendly w/o unnerving any parents.
Fri Dec 24 22:58:50 +0000 2010 from Cosmo Catalano
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