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Letters to AO

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Letters from the week of 21 July to 27 July 2014

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Changing traditions

Concerning hats- sometimes they obscure the priest - and we're not really a hat-wearing parish.

I'm more concerned with what the priests wear - the simpler the better IMHO. They look rather silly I think with everything they sometimes wear (I'm not a cradle Episcopalian so not familiar with terms for their garments) - especially if overweight to begin with.

Ray Hester
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Mobile, Alabama, USA
21 July 2014

Hmmm! '...could see our friend sitting in the aisle seat of the first pew on the Epistle side...'(Sunday, 20 July) There's a wee residual liturgical trivium, for you! Is there really still a place where the Epistle is read from "the Epistle side"?

I also attend Mass occasionally at another place where the Gospel Book—now lacking a 'traditional' location—is just plopped on the corner of the left side of the altar. Why? Well, because it always was 'the Gospel side'! Where else?

How about the solution we implemented at our monastery: a special 'aumbry' for the Gospel book in the east wall across from the Tabernacle . (We call it the 'Evangelion'—and in our case both are fronted with wrought-iron grills—the silver ciborium visual on one side and the silver Gospel book on the other—Wprd and Sacrament both enshrined.) We modeled the idea on an Eastern Orthodox Gospel shrine which used to stand in one of the side bays of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC years ago. And there are now one or two parishes where our solution has been adopted. Because where DOES one put the Gospel book?

John-Julian, OJN
The monastery of the Order of Julian of Norwich—to be precise: the Cha
Hartland, Wisconsin, USA
21 July 2014

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