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Throughout the evening the church is thronged with townspeople awaiting the stroke of midnight. There is no sense of patience nor of the need for it. This gives a powerful insight into the nature of the great ceremonial sacred spaces of the past — be they medieval cathedral, Southeastern American Indian square-ground or Mesoamerican ritual precinct: pulsating with expectancy, intensely active and alive.

You can feel the expectant atmosphere as the church fills with townspeople.