We indulged ourselves in a “late morning” and leisurely breakfast in the hotel restaurant. After a walk around the environs on a brisk morning (New England hasn’t quite gotten the memo on spring yet), our hosts picked us up and drove us to the nearby town of Clinton, home of the Museum of Russian Icons. This was a first-class museum operation in an historic building, and I was pleased that they understand icons not just historically or artistically, but in the context of the spirituality that is their native environment. I found it quite moving.

After lunch at a nearby Irish-themed eatery, and some down time back at the Doubletree, we were ferried to Christ Church in Fitchburg for a liturgy rehearsal and a pizza repast. The liturgy was glorious–ceremonially and musically, and I hope at least workmanlike homiletically. Nice champagne and dessert reception afterward, and it was fun to visit with parishioners.

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