Monday, July 13, 2009

Taking my first Sunday service

Yesterday I made my debut as officiant at Sung Mattins at the Church of St Simon the Apostle. Straddling the economically disparate neighbourhoods of Rosedale and St Jamestown, and not far from the gay village, St Simon's is full of colourful characters but provides traditional language services sung congregationally with the support of an excellent choir. In yesterday's service, I read the sentence, sang all the responses, led the psalm and Creed, and read the Prayer of St Chrysostom. A priest led the confession and absolution, blessed the offering, read the Grace, and preached. The Venite, Te Deum, and Jubilate Deo were sung to Anglican chant by the congregation (the choir being on holiday for the summer). I look forward to getting my monthly dose of Mattins at St Simon's (see MW report in sidebar).

Off to St Thomas's for Evensong, where the retiring rector of the Church of St Mary Magdalene was guest officiant, and kindly conveyed Christ's blessing with the veiled ciborium at the conclusion of the service.


MadPriest said...

Wow! What a great place for your first starring role. And I bet you were brilliant and they all loved you.

Well done, you.

Geoff said...

:) Thanks, MP.

Michael said...

I'm so sorry I forgot to sk how this went. I've been so caught up in things lately. I'm glad it turned out well.

My own parish priest is away fow two Sundays in August. When we were in his house, this just meant the parish would shut down for two weeks but now that we have our own church with published service times, (see latest blog post), I suppose it'll be my job to keep something going. Let's see how that works out.