Today was the Blessing of the Oils at St. Luke's Cathedral. We usually have this service on the Tuesday of Holy Week, but Bishop Murray was in Colombia on Tuesday. When the service is held on Tuesday, the staff of the Diocesan Center attend, but today it was just us priests and Canon Walter Smith, and actually only a few clergy, as those far from Panama City couldn't come this late in the week.
The clergy of the diocese serve as acolytes and readers. I was thurifer today. Well, I'm always the thurifer, because I do 360's with the thurible. As you can see, my colleagues stay way back when I have that smoking thing in my grip.
Tonight is our Maundy Thursday service and we'll have photos tomorrow.
Bishop Murray explaining that I'm going on sabbatical. Then he gave me a blessing.
Photos by Canon Walter Smith