It wasn’t a high Mass, but the altar at this morning’s 7:30 Mass was bright with candles.
A power outage had knocked out the electricity at St. Theresa Church. The altar was illuminated solely by candlelight, and the rest of the church was in shadow. Dominic had been scheduled to play the organ, but the choir loft was dark and the electric organ unplayable. There was neither music nor singing. Only a handful of people were there, gathered in the front pews so that they could be close to the light.
The early Christians might have celebrated Mass in this way. Their church was the catacombs, which were illuminated solely by torches; the rest of the Church was in the shadow of persecution. Theyhad no organ music to accompany the joyful singing of would-be martyrs. And they gathered around the stone altar so that they could be close to the Light.