|This is my body which is given for you.|
One of the primary reasons I came to St. Clement's as curate is to learn how to be a priest--liturgically, pastorally, and spiritually. I have learned an enormous amount about all of these dimensions over the last year, and I am very grateful to the many people who have helped shape me into the kind of priest I want to be. St. Clement's is a distinctly rarified environment, and it would never have occurred to me that I would be able to pull off an Easter Sunday mass with all the bells and whistles in so short a time. But as I walked in procession this past Sunday, sung all the parts of the mass, and presided over the Eucharist, I felt deeply present, at ease, and sure of myself. I had come a long way in just over a year. While listening to the Gloria at the sedilia, I turned to the server sitting next to me, and said gleefully, "This is absolutely wonderful. But then again, Mozart mass settings always make me feel warm and fuzzy!" Mozart might have had something to do with it, but I think the main influence was the ancient, undergirding context of the Eucharist as a rite of thanksgiving. That is, after all, what the Greek word, eucharistia, means: thanksgiving. The liturgy worked its magic on me, and I experienced gratitude in a more expansive way.
|St. Clement's servers through whom I have learned so much.|