I love choral music and the performance of Lessons and Carols is a favorite of mine. Typically, it is my husband who occasionally escapes the household craziness of the evening for Mass. But when Lessons and Carols is performed, it is my turn to head to church and let him deal with dinner and bedtime preparations. This year I took Baby Anne with me just in case she needed to be fed.
Walking into a choral event with a 6 week old might not seem like the best idea. While babies at this age sleep a lot, you never know when they are going to let out a piercing scream. I assumed she would fall asleep in the car during the drive to our parish and remain sleeping throughout the performance. But she surprised me by being quite awake when I pulled her out of the car and very alert when we walked into the church. So as I chose a seat, I mapped out my quickest exits and hoped that Anne's apparent affinity for choral music was real and would kick in.
During Anne's birth and in the early days of her life, I listened to the music of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. It didn't take us long to notice that Anne often stopped crying when I played the nun's Advent from Ephesus album. The music must have been sublimely peaceful to her in contrast to the constant screaming, running and poking of her two older sisters. So I sat in the pew hoping that Lessons and Carols would prove equally peaceful to her.