Sunday, May 25, 2008

Today at Parroquia San Cristóbal

Today the Kindergarten class from Instituto Episcopal San Cristóbal and their parents visited la Misa a las 10:30 am. They were a rowdy bunch. The pre-kinder kids from last week were better behaved! They were running about and talking constantly and seemed to congregate in the aisle. We lived to tell the tale (as did they) and here are the photos to prove it.

They gave a presentation just before the Offertory. They recited Matthew 18:2-4 and then sang a song. As usual, Padre Cáceres and I blessed the little children during Communion.


FranIAm said...

I love these photos. The kids are adorable and that priest guy looks nice. Oh wait it is you! I keed, I keed.

Can I ask some dumba$$ questions because I am RC and am limited in my knowledge of the TEC? I have labored in darkness long enough, Padre answer me por favor.

1. Why is there still a communion rail? I used to go to mass at St Thomas in NYC (in like 1989-90 - along time ago!) and there was a communion rail. I have rarely seen them in RC churches post Vatican II. Just wondering.

2. Do you face towards or with your back to the congregation? I seem to recall the back from when I was at St Thomas.

OK, Fran's dumb questions are over. I will be back for answers or you can em me.

I do love you all and want to know more. No worries, I think I am staying put on this side of the Tiber.

Padre Mickey said...

1. Well, the original purpose of the communion rail was to keep dogs out of the chancel. We still have a communion rail because, well, I don't know. The two things that will get a priest in the Episcopal Church in big trouble are not preaching in support of gay rights or questioning the scriptures. No, the two big things that will get a priest fired are: Changing the hours of services and Moving the Furniture. I play with service times regularly so I'd really be pushing it if I got rid of the altar rail. Personally, I am indifferent to the altar rail. On Wednesdays there are usually only about twenty people at the Eucharist with Healing Prayer, so I have everyone gather around the altar for the Eucharist. At first I think people were worried they might get struck dead or something. I pointed out that I am behind the altar all the time and I'm still around, so it must be safe. Now they enjoy it. Which answers Question #2:I face the congregation, just like they did in the Good Old Days (the Good Old Days for me always refers to the Second Century).

That's it for tonight's episode of Ask Padre; thanks for playing, FranIAm!

susan s. said...

But, Fran, some priests still face the Altar on the East wall, and they aren't all 'the faith once and for all delivered to the prophets' kind. My son is priest in charge at a church built in 1875 or so and the Altar is on the East Wall. Fr. Dave tells folks who ask if he is comfortable with that that he prays 'in the same direction as the congregation.' He is in all other respects a very inclusive person at a church that is also inclusive.

Ormonde Plater said...

Padre, do the children also receive communion?

Padre Mickey said...

Ormonde, some of the children receive communion, especially those who are members of our congregation, but most do not, nor do their parents. The great majority of the students and their parents are Roman Catholics. Communion is offered and I do invite them to receive, but most don't.

Doorman-Priest said...

It is lovely to see so many children in church.

I wish!

pj said...

The children are adorable. Children that age tend to talk up a storm, I've noticed. They find everything very exciting. ;)

susan s. said...

Sweet kids!

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