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A saint a day keeps what away?
I'm catching up on last week's discussion regarding weekday services. We at Good Shepherd are very much alive and well on Wednesday mornings at 7:30. It is a very rare occasion when we have less than six people, even in the middle of summer; it's usually ten or eleven.
We celebrate the saint of the day, sometimes searching the Anglican Communion for someone if the USA church has no one in the calendar. For example last week we celebrated the Sava, Orthodox Archbishop on Serbia, celebrated rather interestingly in the churches of Australia and New Zealand. At other times if no AC saint is available, we use a book entitled "All Saints" which has a saint-a-day. Using that we have heard about the lives and work of some very fascinating people, as they come from all walks of life and all times. We have celebrated the lives of people from the Old Testament, from literature, the Arts, even two weeks ago a coffee picker.
There is usually some lively discussion following hearing about "our saint" and then we move on to Communion, Prayer B, where we can once more name the name of the person.
The final touch to the Wednesday morning Eucharist is a pot luck breakfast, always a feast, and which most of our "small" congregation attends.
Good Shepherd, Acton
Carlisle, Massachusetts, USA
19 January 2015
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