Lighting Up the Season in Crown Heights

Massgoers at St. Gregory the Great Church, Crown Heights, clapped and sang as the parish gardens were illuminated with white and multi-colored lights to proclaim the start of Advent. Following the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass on Nov. 26, Father Lamartine Petit-Monsieur, assisted by Deacon Andres DeLeon II, began the lighting ceremony with a prayer. Head usher Clairmont Sampson and Christopher Abdullah plugged in the strands, throwing light upon an outdoor crucifix and a statue of the parish patron. The lighting was made possible by a “Celebration of Light” grant from Maimonides Medical Center.