What a week this has been! It was a blessing to be part of the wonderful liturgies on Sunday and to get into the rhythm of our schedule of daily offices and eucharists. I have met with folks about several things in the life of the parish—prayer lists, the upcoming children’s chapel, planning for Pilgrims, etc., and I keep discovering more wonders and jewels at St. Paul’s and deeply committed people who serve out of their spiritual blessings—and therefore do it for the community and not for their own sakes. I trust, from the way they speak, that they are being blest in the doing of these ministries.
One of my favorite hymns is the children’s hymn “I sing a song of the saints of God”.
“They lived not only in ages past, There are hundreds of thousands still
The world is bright with the joyous saints Who love to do Jesus’ will
You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea,
In church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea.
For the saints of God are just folk like me, And I mean to be one too.”
My introduction to the MASS was in Music History 101 during my first year in college as a music student. Our professor was a devout Catholic, and like many of my fellow students I was puzzled why he was bringing religion into the classroom.