Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday

  • Went to bed feeling like a pile of rags and woke up feeling like a healthy human being. Not sure what the direct cause was, but it was surely an answer to prayer.
  • Morning Prayer in the office (they clean in the cathedral on Friday mornings).
  • Took care of a small administrative matter pertaining to the ordination process.
  • Attended to some details on my calendar for the next few weeks, recognized a conflict, and began to take steps toward resolving it.
  • Spoke by phone with the Bishop of Massachusetts. One of his ordinands has been called to a parish in our diocese, and he was just doing some due diligence on that score, since the individual in question needs to be formally released by him in order to take the position here.
  • Got to play with hot wax and seal several certificates: one for tomorrow's ordination to the priesthood, one for the institution of a rector later this month, one for an ordination to the diaconate at the end of the month, and one for the newly-elected Dean of St Paul's Cathedral--former Provost Andy Hook.
  • Lunch from HyVee, eaten at home.
  • Spent some time in the cathedral looking after bits and pieces of logistics for tomorrow's ordination of David Wells to the priesthood.
  • Prayed over the situation, sat with the readings, then conceived and hatch a homily for an ordination to the transitional diaconate on May 31, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Expanded and refined some notes I had made earlier on some items in the Nashotah House Statutes and Policies that need to be cleaned up. Sent my observations to the other members of the Board of Directors.
  • One of the spiritual practices that has been quite important to me over the years is to sit down at a keyboard (in this case, the cathedral organ) and play through hymns (in this case, from the Hymnal 1949), pausing from time to time to reflect on the texts. Once again, it was a rich experience.
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.

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