Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Went to church a lot today. Brenda and I attended the 9am liturgy at St Martin’s, Houston, to make our communion. (This is the largest parish in the Episcopal Church, and includes among its members former President George and Barbara Bush, all they were not at that service!). Then, we were at the 11:15 High Mass at Our Lady of Walsingham, the cathedral church for the (Roman Catholic) Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter. The liturgy of the Ordinariate (a sort of non-geographic diocese) is an amalgam from a number of different Anglican sources, the Hymnal 1940 was in the pew racks, and all the music had an Anglican style. Lunch was spent catching up with a former Episcopal priest I have known, now about to be an Ordinariate priest. Brief down time, then back to OLW for an exceptionally fine choral evensong (Stanford in C, for those in the know), at which I was privileged to be the preacher. Caught up during the reception with my Nashotah classmate Fr Michael LaRue and Fr Trey Garland, whom I had never met in the flesh. Then, wonderful Argentinian dinner with Fr Timothy Perkins and his wife Jody, and Bishop Steven Lopes of the Ordinariate. A fine and memorable day.

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