Last night, the fam and moi, took a detour from our way to our parish to drop by a Roman Catholic South Korean Church in midtown Toronto to see how they celebrated the birth of Christ. Wish I had the presence of mind to click a few pics. **sigh**
The church and grounds allocated by the govt of Ontario to the South Korean church are simply beautiful. The church and its buildings are at least 3 times the size of our own little church here in uptown Toronto.
When we entered the church, there was a Bethlehem play going on with tiny little kids singing and doing their stuff. The church was packed and the ushers must have been taken aback to see our non-Korean faces but said a friendly "Merry Christmas" to us while they lead us to the pews. There were real live musicians .... not just a choir. We were very impressed indeed. I only wish the play and the hymns,etc were in English. Oh well !!
Our own parish caters to a congregation of RCs from all over the world and all the main services are in the English language so it was something else to have had a chance to see South Koreans celebrating Christmas in their own language.
We have now planned on making this a Christmas tradition .... visiting RC churches of various denominations all over Toronto. There's no other place better than Toronto to view the world's Roman Catholics rejoicing in their PEACEFUL religion.