The flowers are watered and arranged, the immaculate linens pressed and lovingly smoothed into place, the candles are waiting to be lit in their gleaming brass candlesticks.  The sacristy is aglow and waiting for the services to begin. The church is filled with the fragrant scent of evergreens, incense and flowers.  Many hours of preparation have gone into making this night of nights one of peace and calm, of order and wonder.  All over the world tonight altar guild workers  and sacristans will slip quietly into their pew and look up at the altar and creche their own hands made ready to welcome the newborn King.  Gloria in excelsis Deo!

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