Saturday, November 04, 2006

¡Felicidades, Primada Katherine!

Mona and I just watched the investiture of the new Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Katherine Jefferts Schori, and it was glorious. The liturgy was wonderful and I will admit that I started to cry when I heard the drummers singing and saw the smudgers preparing the Cathedral for the service. The music (especially the Gospel Choir) and colors were wonderful, and even though I am not a fan of liturgical dance, I must admit that it added to the pageantry (I always joke that liturgical dance reminds me of "One Grecian Urn” in the Music Man, and that number with the water jugs at the Baptismal Font did nothing to change my mind!). The service was very inclusive, and while that word and concept gives the folks at Harmon's place the willies, I think inclusion is wonderful and furthers the Reign of God. I feel so good that I won't even read the comments at those other places, because I really felt God's presence watching that liturgy, and I don't want to lose beauty of this blessing! It was also cool to see my dear friend Reverenda Helen McPeak and my ol' buddy Reverend Johnson Loud, Jr. there on the screen (classmates at CDSP), as well as Obispo Romero, my friend and the assisting bishop back in El Camino Real. What a wonderful day!! Now I gotta write my sermon for tomorrow.

1 comment:

Leonardo Ricardo said...

"I feel so good that I won't even read the comments at those other places, because I really felt God's presence watching that liturgy, and I don't want to lose beauty of this blessing!" Padrey Mickey

Me too. That's the afterimage I have in my heart and spirit...same excitement and the feeling of Holy presence and clear validation from el cielo con Dios was/is with me!

I have a great great Grandmother who was Pawnee (my Mom's family were pioneers to Idaho and Shoshone, Idaho was/is VERY nearby where they settled and the Union Pacfic let me off there every Summer for visits) so I got extra bounce/interior mood swings from the drummers (sometimes my Pawnee blood takes my imagination/emotions off on a more warpath like tangent but NOT TODAY)!

I saw Bishop Alvarez from Puerto Rico in YELLOW (I guess it's because he headed the Presiding Bishop Search Committee?) I really like Bishop David Alvarez as he can be a strong/mean and firm leader in positive/progressive ways and knows how to say "no" just fine.

Blessings to you and yours Padre Mickey!

Leonardo Ricardo

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