Anthony Serves At Mass
Anthony Serving his First Mass -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Anthony Serving his First Mass

Anthony served at Mass for the first time today, at a Mass said by Fr. Graham McDonnell, who says an English Mass once a month at the Catholic church we attend (the Kyoto Kawaramachi Cathedral, which is the same church that I got married in almost 10 years ago).

Anthony had been begging to do it for months, but it took until today until our schedule matched up with Fr. McDonnell's, so by the time we got there, he was quite excited.

Excited About Finally Starting -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Excited About Finally Starting

Jimazaki-san (one of the parish office workers) had to scrounge around for a cassock in Anthony's size. She and Fr. McDonnell then got Anthony all set up...

Getting Dressed -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Getting Dressed

We'd arrived early so that Fr. McDonnell could take Anthony out to the altar and give some basic instructions so Anthony would know what to expect. It was a lot of information in a short time, and I'm sure that Anthony was totally bewildered, but he tried to follow along like a trooper.

Attentive -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Attentive

One of the tasks for the altar boys here is to light a candle before the Gospel is read. Anthony had never touched a match before, so Fr. McDonnell tried to show him how to do it.

Demonstrations in Pyrotechnics -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Demonstrations in Pyrotechnics

It proved too difficult a task in the little time allowed, so Father figured a way around Anthony having to do it.

Later, Father was instructing Anthony in some of his tasks that I wouldn't be able to see during the actual Mass, so I took the opportunity to get a better angle on the goings on behind the altar...

Lotsa Stuff To Do -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lotsa Stuff To Do

Father said that I could take whatever pictures I liked during Mass, but I felt that I should exercise a least some restraint, so I didn't employ my normal “carpet bombing” photographic technique. Still, I did get a few well-timed shots.

Anthony's friend Joe was there also, so luckily, Anthony didn't have to go it alone on his first time. Joe is three months older than Anthony, but has been serving Mass since his sister's baptism six months ago, so he's an old pro at it.

When Mass started and Anthony was on the altar looking out at the no-longer empty congregation, he was clearly a bit nervous about what he'd gotten himself into....

Out Comes the Tongue -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Out Comes the Tongue
Just a Tad Nervous -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Just a Tad Nervous

He did an excellent job, without all the fidgeting that accompanied the many times I served as a kid.

The candle-lighting problem was solved by leaving the candles to be lit near the priest's chair, and him lighting them. (At 80 years old, Fr. McDonnell understandably prefers not having to run around the altar too much). After being lit, the kids were then to carry the candles over to the lectern. I liked this picture of them picking up the candles.

Rule #1: Do Not Ignite Hair -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Rule #1: Do Not Ignite Hair
Just Tall Enough To See -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Just Tall Enough To See
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The boys stood in one place (shown above) during much of the Eucharistic Prayer, which is a tall order for two five-year-old boys. At one point, Joe idly placed one foot on the step above for a moment. Anthony noticed this, and was unsure whether it was something he was supposed to duplicate, so he tentatively did the same while keeping a close eye on Joe...

Following In his Footstep -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Following In his Footstep

I thought the moment was adorable, as was the whole thing.

When Mass was over, I made sure Anthony knew how proud I was of him, and thanked Joe for being such a great lead in helping show Anthony what to do.

Anthony and I came home and spent much of the afternoon playing with the train stuff he got for Christmas (that added to what he got for his birthday), which is another story in itself...


All 11 comments so far, oldest first...

Well,now, how am I ever going to get anything done today when I’ve just melted into a pile of grease? Anthony on the altar was just precious and reminds me of you doing the same all those years. I would have thought him too young, but looks like he did a fine job and your heart was probably just as full as mine was.

Incidentally, the grey background on this comment section makes it exceedingly hard to see the cursor. Beautiful post.

Yeah, you’re right about the comment box color. It turns out that you can’t control the cursor color with CSS, so I’ve gone ahead and darkend the background color for the comment box so that a white cursor is more easily seen, thanks! —Jeffy

— comment by Grandma Friedl on January 6th, 2008 at 11:57pm JST (9 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Wow. Aunt Marci melted too. I’m so proud of Anthony, I can’t stand it. And I’ll bet Grandma has some new wallpaper on her computer now.

— comment by Marcina on January 7th, 2008 at 12:24am JST (9 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Actually, Aunt Marci is only half right. The wallpaper isn’t on my computer. I blew up each photo to 8 x lO feet and wallpapered the living room.

— comment by Grandma Friedl on January 7th, 2008 at 1:12am JST (9 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Loved your pictures. Enjoyed seeing the inside of your church. You and your wife must be so proud of him.

— comment by Judy Adamek on January 7th, 2008 at 6:16am JST (9 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Very cute, although if Anthony is going to be an altar boy you should probably learn how to spell “altar”…….

My mom mentioned the same thing, and I fixed it about five hours before you added your comment. I guess you’d loaded the page prior to that, and it took that long just soaking up the overwhelming cuteness before you eventually got to the bottom to submit your comment? 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Zak on January 7th, 2008 at 12:52pm JST (9 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Guess my RSS reader loads the thing once and doesn’t refresh.

Ah, yes, that would explain it. RSS aggregators and search engines immortalize my every, many mistakes…. —Jeffrey

— comment by Zak on January 7th, 2008 at 2:35pm JST (9 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I’ve just come across your blog (via your work on colour management): great reading.

This post brought back memories of my days at the altar many years ago. We only entered training at about 9years and couldn’t do Mass solo until about 11. Typically Acolites (the candle bearers) were middle-rankers (13+). Of course, this was a large parish in the UK, so plenty of recruits. Seems they start them young “in the provinces”.

— comment by Martin Doonan on January 8th, 2008 at 5:22am JST (9 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Martin may be interested to learn that they also occasionally start them young in “the colonies.” Jeff’s younger brother Alan also started at age five, serving with his three older brothers.

— comment by Grandma Friedl on January 9th, 2008 at 12:44am JST (9 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Dear Jeffrey, I love to use one of your photos for the cover for a newsletter promoting vocations to the Catholic Priesthood. The photo is the ‘Following in His Footsteps’ photo. This newsletter is distributed free in my diocese (Singapore). Please email me!

— comment by Victor T on December 12th, 2008 at 1:07am JST (9 years ago) comment permalink

Dear Anthony and Jeff, Friday, November 2o, 2009 9:10 pm

Was I ever surprised to see your wonderful website which featured you, Anthony, serving your first mass. The photos are fabulous1 Your Dad has a winning way with a camera. Those photos were taken about a week before Father Hyatt died on January 14th. That would account for the fact that I completely missed them.

As I was going through the website, I said to my myself, “I have got to tell Joseph Mauch about this great website.” Then I added, again to myself, “These photos would be good for vocations!”

Now, Joseph is preparing for his First Holy Communion. I asked his Dad, Peter Mauch, to see if he could find you and your Dad, Anthony, because I knew that you would want to make your First Holy Communion too. I am going to offer Mass this coming Sunday, November 22, at Sanjo Kawaramachi Church.

If you see these comments, and if you are in Kyoto, be sure and come on Sunday at noon for a repeat of your First Mass. Remember, Jesus told his apostles at the Last Supper, “Do this in memory of me.” I am really looking forward to seeing both of you on Sunday. Father Graham McDonnell in Kyoto. Japan

— comment by Father Mac on November 20th, 2009 at 9:12pm JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

I am very delighted to see you serve with Fr. McDonnell. I once worked in Japan to teach English with Fr.’s YBU group. I hope you become a person who really loves Jesus. Sharon from Racine, WI. USA

— comment by Sharon on June 29th, 2010 at 12:38pm JST (7 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink
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