Since I've spent my entire adult life in the convent, I've never welcomed the New Year with a party, champagne, or the singing of "Auld Lang Syne." Instead, it is our custom to end the year with an Hour of Adoration and the singing of the Te Deum. This is one of those ancient, non-scriptural psalms, called "psalmoi idiotikoi," that were composed in the early Church. One of those "psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles" St. Paul talked about. It's a wonderful prayer of adoration and praise, and a great "seal" on the year just spent.
What are your plans for acknowledging the grace of 2007 and welcoming the gift of 2008?