Up and out of my improvised Springfield accommodations in time to report to St Paul’s, Carlinville 30 minutes ahead of the regular 0915 liturgy. It was, for them, a good turnout, just north of 30 souls. The musical artistry of their organist, Diane Aikin, was Advent balm for my Advent-loving spirit. I was particularly pleased to see them singing the Psalm at the Eucharist, responsorially … because that’s what one does with Psalms. Spirited time visiting with folks over food following the service. Fr John Henry presides over a community whose members enjoy one another’s company.
Following my customary day off tomorrow, I will be on personal retreat through Thursday. So my next post in this space will be one Friday.