We drive down to London for a family birthday. I go to 7pm Mass in the Cathedral which I never really enjoy.
“The Lord himself, therefore, will give you a sign. It is this, the maiden is with child and will give birth to a son, whom she shall call Immanuel, a name which mean God is with us”.
MONDAY 19th December
I ask the PM an inevitable question about pursuing free trade and not staying in the internal market.
At Mass, the evening choral one, we get an interesting sermon on the Old Testament being a foretaste of the New:
“The woman gave birth to a son and called him Samson. The child grew and the Lord blessed him and the Spirit of the Lord began to move him”.
TUESDAY 20th December
Because the Cathedral is being cleaned, we have an intimate Mass in the crypt – always a lovely affair. The reading is Luke 26-38:
“The angel Gabriel was sent by God …”
I ask a question of the Health Secretary about the shortage of GPs.
WEDNESDAY 21st December
Another beautiful Mass in the crypt. A wonderful sermon on the greeting Elizabeth gives to Mary.
“Why should I be honoured with a visit from the Mother of my Lord”.
‘My Lord’ is a phrase used by Jesus for God, so what Elizabeth says is very significant.
I go to Jean Galitzine’s funeral in St Peter’s, Eaton Square. A dignified Anglican service.
THURSDAY 22nd December
I normally go shopping in Kings Road and go to the Italian Restaurant near Flood Street. I sit there waiting for Mary as it gets dark and the restaurant empties. A nice feeling of Christmas drawing close.
In the early evening, a last Mass in the Cathedral with the choir before Christmas and we drive up very late to Lincs.
The reading is the Magnificat:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour”.
FRIDAY 23rd December
We go to the farm shop. The whole family come up for Friday evening Spaghetti Bolognaise, as when they were young. A good day.
SATURDAY 24th December
The others are shopping. I read and walk.
Today’s Psalm 89
“I will sing for ever of your love O Lord”.