25 March 2008

Sandwiches on the seashore

I chanted the Abraham-and-Isaac lesson at the Great Vigil. I've done this one several times before, but what struck me, oddly, as I chanted it was the phrase about how Abraham's descendents will be "as the sand which is on the seashore." My profound thought as I continued: "Did I just say 'sandwiches on the seashore'? Who wrote this stuff?" Turned out a couple of the acolytes had heard it that way too, looked at each other, and giggled. All went well. Very sweet baby boy baptized.

17 March 2008

Good Friday through Easter Day

Derek on the RCL and lectionaries in general

We're continuing to use the BCP lectionary at our parish, as far as I can tell. So I won't be printing off the PDF and gluing it into my BCP just yet.

13 March 2008

Thoughts from spiritual direction

Thanks be to God, I've settled into a good place spiritually this winter: not a place to be inhabited forever, but a place to be appreciated for the time being. A lot of the restlessness has gone away, which is a good thing, as it's been a very constricted season of cabin fever and fewer options. Those negatives have been easier to deal with as I've accepted the settledness. Great spiritual-direction session today, and it brought out a good way of thinking about where I am now: There is a gift, there is living the gift, and there is sharing the gift. The gift is a spirituality that has welcomed monastic principles and practices into my lifestyle in the world, and I've found a realistic level at which that can be done; part of the gift is also a balanced appreciation of a spectrum of styles of spiritual practice -- worship, prayer, study, and the rest -- that can't be rigidly classified. I can appreciate both tradition and innovation, the given and the creative, the poetic and the direct. In the past I've felt wearied by the tension between such opposites and the rancor that tension generates among the faithful. Lately that's settled, and I feel more balanced; I'm living the gift. Next there's sharing the gift, and I'll be finding ways to do that. I was thinking of taking a hiatus from spiritual direction because things seem to be going basically well, and I wasn't sure I had much to bring up to talk about. Those are often the times, though, when direction generates more fruit, and that was true today.

12 March 2008

Holy Week at the Ascension

Sacred-music colloquium this June in Chicago

Click here for all the information.

"Seven Days of Musical Heaven"

June 16-22, 2008 (Monday noon through Sunday morning)

Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois

Sponsored by the Church Music Association of America