Father Christian Enke opens the 2023 Christmas preparatory season by blessing and lighting the first candle on the Advent wreath during the Vigil Mass at St. Leonhard's on Dec. 2.
Lighting the candles on the Advent wreaths in all our church locations in December 2023 emphasizes the coming Light of Christ as the parish prepares for Christmas.
Click on the picture at the top of each section for a gallery of photos from this season.
Father Christian incenses the Easter Candle at the start of Mass at Holy Cross on Sunday, Dec. 10
Parishioners from the Philippines celebrated their annual festival at Sunday Mass at Holy Cross on Dec. 10, 2023, with veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary (in honor of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception two days before), the choir singing hymns in Tagalog and a pot-luck buffet after the service.
Candle Labyrinth on Gaudete Sunday
The Medical Mission Sisters, whose Frankfurt community is based at Holy Cross Center for Christian Meditation & Spirituality, prepare a 2,000-candle labyrinth on the church floor for the 3rd Sunday of Advent each year, with the installation providing an opportunity for contemplation for parishioners attending the English-language Gaudete Sunday Mass. Click on the photo for more pictures of the Dec. 17, 2023, service.
The labyrinth takes up much of the floor space at Holy Cross