Oh, the agony!

OK, they recruited me from the human race, and I’m guilty of being human!  So, I thought the Sunday Before Advent was this coming Sunday when it was last Sunday.  

Well, it conveys a message that I feel the need to get out, so you have it.  And next week, we;ll be back to schedule.

Blessed Be!

Bishop Cal

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Didja notice?

In the communion service as I’ve adapted for us, a few standard features which I’ve modified.  One is that I do the homily immediately after the Gospel and before the Creed.  That’s for the same of what I see as logical flow.  It also means, for those who have explored church history, that I’ve essentially included the homily into the Mass of the Catechumens, which is where it seems to belong.  And then we go on with the communion.

Speaking of which, did you notice that I’ve made the “Prayer For The Whole State Of The Church” something that the congregation joins in?  I’ve always wondered about that.  The priest says “Let us pray”, and in that particular case it comes across almost as if it were “Listen to me pray”, especially when that is one prayer which every individual in the congregation has a stake it – so why not!  

So good to see all the people who joined in the communion for Jerome Birnbaum.

I can promise you interesting times to come.  

Blessed Be!

Bishop Cal 

Well, it isn’t what you expected, is it!

And well it shouldn’t, to an extent. I want it to feel familiar enough to be comforting, but not to the point that someone might say “not again”. We’re here to meet The Divine, not what some mortal claims is The Divine.

And some other differences might be due to the fact that your bishop was recruited from among the mortals. Why don’t I genuflect or kneel more often? Arthritis is one reason. Another is a leg infection that had me in the hospital that I’m recovering from. Kind of like another bishop I knew who didn’t bow before the cross (and it was his tradition to do so). The reason was simply that if he did so, his mitre fell off his head.

And yes, sometimes I find myself doing the Kabbalistic cross instead of the one you learned in confirmation class. It’s kind of ingrained in me, and when you experience the Kaballah, you’ll see what I mean. But I also like the “regular” one as well.

Blessed Be!
Bishop Cal