During 8:30 Mass yesterday we had almost an inch deposited on our parked cars. The buzz at church during our brief whiteout in Story County was the incoming weather system due to hit later this week.
I confess I’m glad I’m not the pastor making decisions on the state of liturgical grace. Particularly for those “two-timing” worshippers due to grace our doors later this week. But how bad does it have to get before you cancel Christmas?
As a church musician, suppose you have oodles of cool music ready to go when Father calls and says to stay home on Thursday/Friday. A lot of it is appropriate on Holy Family Sunday. Transfer some or all of your prelude?
Christmas Eve practice in our parish is later tonight at 6:30. That will be less of a challenge than Midnight Mass practice, now scheduled for Wednesday at 7. Daily highs will be close to the freezing point, which means some treacherous driving conditions, even within our city.
I leave it in the hands of you armchair liturgists out there. Suppose you have the pastor’s ear. What would you advise? And if Christmas is cancelled, what do you do with the fruits of your rehearsals for the Nativity feast?
weather.com provides the “White Christmas Probability Map” for interested weather geeks. Usually, the historical expectations are on this map, but I think now they have the actual prediction of having an inch or more of snow, new or old, on the ground Christmas morning.