Moving Diagonally: Daily Journal

Good Friday

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Up and out at the usual hour, but upon arrival at the office-cathedral complex I was immediately waylaid by a sequence of small but emergent concerns, mostly relating to tonight’s liturgy. Finally got to read Morning Prayer in my office, but it was decidedly mid-morning by that time. I was actually fairly productive on a day that suggests a quiet demeanor, but I did get some praying in amid my work. And I’m an inveterate liturgical putterer on the days of the Triduum, so I was back and forth to the cathedral several times for...

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Maundy Thursdayuque

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Usual Thursday morning exercise. Morning Prayer in the cathedral. Puttered around with the cathedral altar guild directress in preparation for tonight’s liturgy. Worked on tying up the loose ends of a clergy deployment issue. Reported to the Central Illinois Blood Bank for my 11am appointment, only to be eventually turned away because of last November’s visit to Tanzania. Donating blood is complicated when one has a well-stamped passport. Resumed working on, and completed for the time being, the aforementioned clergy deployment...

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Wednesday in Holy Week

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Morning Prayer in the cathedral. Prepared for the 12:15 Mass. Consulted with the Archdeacon on a couple of pastoral/administrative matters. Took care of registering for the June Province V House of Bishops meeting. Attended to an administrative/pastoral matter pertaining to one of our Eucharistic Communities that is both important and relatively urgent. Ditto the above, only a different church. Began the process of finishing and refining my Easter sermon. Showed up to celebrate the midday Mass in the cathedral chapel, but …  no...

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Tuesday in Holy Week

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

57 potential items for the to-do list for today. 17 made the cut. Morning Prayer in the cathedral. Addressed a small but not insignificant administrative chore. Placed a more or less annual phone order for four starched cotton clergy collars from J. Wippell’s U.S. office in Branchville, NJ. Worked on refining and printing my homily for Maundy Thursday (at the cathedral). Welcomed one our priests and his wife into my office for an hour-long discussion of an imminent deployment issue. Attended the 12:15 Mass in the cathedral chapel. Lunch...

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The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Today reminded me that I indeed do work for a living, though that’s always a good thing. Presided and preached at the 8am cathedral liturgy–”solo” on the sense that they don’t have an in-charge priest at the moment, so when it came time to do things like make the announcements, I was momentarily flummoxed. Between services, I led–”listened to” might be more appropriate–a forum at which parishioners could express their views on the qualities they would like to see in their next priest (who...

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Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Arrived at the cathedral-office complex around 9am to begin to get ready for the 11am Chrism Mass. Read Morning Prayer in the cathedral. Got straight in my mind some choreography details for the liturgy. Took care of some last minute physical preparations. Conferred with Barber Potts, the Head Verger of the cathedral on some pertinent details. Greeted clergy and spouses as they began to arrive. Presided and preached at what turned out to be a quite lively service. I find it very moving to be together with the clergy. I see each of them...

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Friday (George Selwyn)

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

After deciding that some of the tasks tagged “this week” are really more organically appropriate to weeks in the future, and adding three that were generated yesterday, there were 31 actions to choose from, I optimistically selected 11 for the potential honor of being checked off today. Morning Prayer in the cathedral. Attended to a small detail pertaining to the Chrism Mass. Attended to a more time-consuming detail pertaining to the Good Friday liturgy … time-consuming because it involved using some music publishing...

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Thursday (William Law)

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Usual Thursday weight and treadmill workout. I couldn’t get Netflix to come up on my iPad for some reason, so … guess what? I offered Morning Prayer, the Angelus, and some sustained intercession while working out on the treadmill. Talk about multi-tasking! Surveyed the 48 remaining tasks pegged for this week and selected 19 to tackle today. That may be a little ambitious in number, but many of them can be handled very quickly. Took care of a small detail pertaining to the Chrism Mass. Finished drafting, then tweaked, refined, and...

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Wednesday (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

After assigning some of the tasks that had been marked for this week start dates further off in the future, there were 50 candidates remaining. I chose 12 of the best and brightest (OK, maybe some because they’re old and/or short and easy) to take on today. Morning Prayer in the cathedral. Prepared readings and the seed of a homily for the midday Mass. Phoned one of our priests, whom I had heard took a nasty fall in his home last night. All seems to be well. Put finishing touches on the liturgy booklet for Saturday’s Chrism Mass,...

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Tuesday (Wm. Augustus Muhlenberg)

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Task planning for the week and the day at home. 75 to-do candidates for the week, most of which will not get done. Judiciously chose ten to try to accomplish today. Morning Prayer in the cathedral. Attended to some details pertaining to this Saturday’s Chrism Mass. Attended to some details pertaining to June’s youth pilgrimage to Canterbury. Attended to some details pertaining to clergy deployment. Attended to some details pertaining to Trinity, Mattoon’s role as a provider of campus ministry at Eastern Illinois University...

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