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Eucharist: Feast of Mary and Elizabeth

June 1, 2011

Sometimes we get diverted or delayed, our path is changed. There is often a reason for this. We should pause and reflect. [see The Valkyries]

Yesterday, I went out late morning for a midday meeting. I thought the meeting would last an hour, I would be back at the latest by mid-afternoon.

The meeting was nearly two hours, I got diverted. It was 7 o’clock that evening, as I was on my way back, that I saw Ian Hedges, Rector of St Mark’s, entering the church. Not often finding St Mark’s open, I crossed the road and followed in his footsteps.

As I walked into St Mark’s, my breath was taken away. The pews, which would normally be in serried rows facing the front of the church, had been rearranged, now they were running parallel with the length of the church. The altar, a table, was in the middle, slightly off-centre. What this had created was an amazing sense of space.

Ian told me that a service was about to start at 7-30 pm, and so I decided to stay.

The service was Eucharist: Feast of Mary and Elizabeth. I have to admit church liturgy is over my head. I enjoy when sung, especially if in Latin.

I loooked around, and the setting sun was shining through the East Windows and the North Windows.

On a table is a Vision Journal, where visitors can write their thoughts.

I learnt later from Ian that this was a one year experiment, with special licence from the Church Authorities.

The only thing I did not like was that the library had been relegated to the church porch where it is cold and draughty. I would recommend a nook or corner is found in the church, a couple of comfortable chairs, a coffee table, where people can sit and relax and browse the books, something that is not possible in the porch where the books currently reside.

I donated to the church a copy of The Shack a deep meta-physical discussion of the nature of God.