Friday (St Polycarp)

  • Worked from home during the morning, either side of a 10am appointment at the lawyer’s office for Brenda and me to sign revised end-of-life documents. I suppose there’s something serendipitously appropriate about facing our mortality within nine days of Ash Wednesday.
  • Read a substantive Ember Day letter from one of our seminarians, and replied with, I hope, some equal substance.
  • Took a phone call from one of our clerics over an ongoing parish issue.
  • Made some final tweaks to the music selections for the Chrism Mass and sent it off to the cathedral organist.
  • Lunch, still at home. Leftovers.
  • (In the office now.) Worked on my homily for Lent III (Springfield Cathedral), taking it from the “developed outline” to the “rough draft” stage.
  • Sat with my notes, and commentary notes, on the Passion according to St Mark. In time, a homiletical message statement for Palm Sunday (at the cathedral) distilled from that process. It’s not easy.
  • Prayer the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary. The window along the liturgical south/geographic north) side of the cathedral nave certainly make that an enhanced experience.
  • Took a first prayerful pass at the readings for Easter III, in preparation for preaching at St Thomas’, Salem on April 15.
  • Reviewed clergy nodal event greetings for March. Did some by hand-written note; others scheduled for email.
  • Evening Prayer in the office.
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