Christmas Eve’s mass – raining church (br)

Posted on 12 January 2007


I met Steph (online) the next day after the Christmas Eve’s mass, had told her the whole story (in fact, it was the most complete version). To re-tell whole story is quite exhausting, so i am attaching the msn-story-line version of what I told her. Here goes:

steph :hey merry christmas!!!
jim :ho ho ho!!!
steph :how’s the celebration?
jim :interesting!!
jim :u will find it hard to believe
steph :???
jim :went to a 8pm mass
jim :at an old church (they said 2nd oldest in Niteroi)
steph :hehehe… went was the last time u went to church?
jim :yup
jim :it was small… 2 columns and maybe 50 rows of chair
steph :was the mass in english?
jim :portuguese
jim :shortly after the 2nd reading, big storm (wind was blowing water almost vertically into church
jim :so, initially, ppl from side entrance squeezed in, and closed the massive doors,
jim :from main entrance as well (the wind was blowing in from that direction)
jim :so… .the whole church is completely filled
jim :not a space spared
steph :?? raining kah? or hurricane?
jim :heavy raining
steph :hehe… what a wet christmas
jim :that’s not the surprise yet!
steph :okie..
jim :…. soon the father tried to proceed…
jim :but at left side of wall near altar…
jim :can hear water flowing down (and the sound of waterfall)
steph :the story is becoming more interesting…
steph :hurry up…
jim :water flowing on the inside wall of the church (i can hear the sound, but cant see it)
jim :can see peopls vacant that portion too…
jim :i was standing in middle of right side in the church, so it was quite far from me
jim :but on top of me, is another level (something like balcony)
steph :lepas itu??
jim :i think u know what structure is that kan?
steph :ya…
steph :story teller…. boleh cepat sikit kah
jim :it was basically on 1 chair behind us
jim :then….
jim :i was thinking … jiatlat.
jim :the chruch was in midst of renovation!!!
steph :go on…
jim :they rushed the renovation so to enable grand christmas mass (but from outside, can see supporting structures outside the church)
jim :sorry, it was not renovation… was restoration
jim :i was imagining…. chuch under restoration + heavy ran + heavy wind = ???
steph :the whole structure collapsed??!!
steph :so … in the end???
jim :no structural collapse 🙂
steph :i feel like strangling u right now!!
jim :that was what i feared too… who knows this is 500 (agak2) years old church!
jim :then…
jim :water started gushing out from the structure!!!
steph :miracle???
jim :no lah… leakage….
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steph :end of story ??
jim :nope
steph :u r really driving me nuts with ur story…
jim :it was chaos inside the church!!
jim :it was continously raining outside, water was continously falling, and ppl are nervous…. and excited….
jim :and…. there was flicker of light dimmed
steph :huh?
jim :sekejap ada electric… sekejap tarak
steph :oo…
jim :aku ingat… jiatlat lah… kalau power blackout…
jim :so by now, the lights / fans are already turned off at where there’s water flowing…
jim :and other functioning light flickers once a while
steph :but the priest still carried on, right
jim :and the suasana… like pasar malam
jim :the speaker was not on
jim :we can’t hear anything priest said
steph :in the end?
jim :then, someone started to say rosary
jim :i thnk that was a brillant idea
jim :then… slowly
steph :what???!!!
jim :everyone starts to follow
jim :chanting
jim :hail mary….
jim :loudly…. and somehow calm the crowd
jim :of course its in portuguese
steph :hey but the mass was still going on right….
jim :not yet
jim :it was paused
steph :huh? pause for the rosary
jim :since the water leaking started
jim :can’t proceed because it was chaos due to water is displacing ppl, and ppl are stding … and of course talking…
jim :so can’t hear aything from the front…
jim :then… after 10 minutes of hail may…
jim :priest conteinue…
jim :but somehow the homily / sermon was missed out (i dunno why, may be due to current situation)
steph :so in the end???
jim :so…. the mass proceed…
jim :tapi we can’t hear anything
jim :we are still dry by that time…
jim :was at a nice spot… can see evrything , but was spared from water
steph :so the mass end… but with the water still flowing out from the wall
jim :by the time mass ended, rain has reduced to ddrizzle, so water pun sikit jah.. dripping ja
jim :the water at behind me was falling, but not from the wall, because it was a balcony (so technically it was a waterfall)
steph :it was a midnite mass right
jim :no lah…
jim :i didn’t see got midmight mass kat noticeboard leh
steph :what time was the mass (i forgot)… ur story was really long leh
jim :started 8
jim :ended 10

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presentation of christmas carol by the community’s poor kids. mostly out of tune, but hey, its the spirit that counts, right?

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singing “silent night”, with dance, mary & joseph (kid actors) brought baby jesus (a doll) to stage at near end of presentation.

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