St Thomas (O Oriens)

  • 90 minutes on the treadmill. MP while cooling down.
  • Task planning and some email processing over breakfast.
  • In the office around 10:15. Conferred briefly with the Dean.
  • Conferred briefly with the Communicator on an ongoing project.
  • Wrote and sent an email to a priest whose ordination anniversary this is.
  • Worked on my homily for Epiphany I (January 7 at Trinity, Lincoln). Brought it from the “message statement” phase to the “developed outline” phase.
  • Hand-wrote a note of condolence to a colleague bishop who has suffered the death of a close family member.
  • Prepared the contents of a ceremonial binder with parts of the Christmas Eve liturgy that are proper to the Bishop–large print for aging eyes being the guiding rubric here.
  • Attended the Mass for the feast day of St Thomas, which is the 28th anniversary of my own first Mass.
  • Lunch at home. Leftovers.
  • Cooperating with the Dean in a videography project in support of the cathedral’s social media footprint. It involved donning an alb, stole, cope, and mitre; holding a crozier, and swinging a thurible. I’m eager to see the results.
  • Attended to an ongoing bit of pastoral/administrative business. It was a time-consuming slog, but important.
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.
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