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morning mass

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

In a previous post, I had mentioned that I placed my bike in a "grotto." That's a misnomer. This parish has a large courtyard with much greenery. There are many sitting places. There are two areas that are sunken semi-circles. A tall wall lines each semi-circle, acting as the back for the continuous bench along the inside of the wall. At the center (if it were a circle) of each of these two areas is a tall structure--in one area its the statue of Mary on a pedestal, and in the other it's a planter with a cross and there is much growth (not green at the moment) and the eyes have to pick out the cross there in the growth. I had placed my bike in the one with the cross. If I look a little further, I will see the other area with the statue of Mary.

This morning, as I got into the little chapel and had barely finished my genuflection to the tabernacle and bow to the altar (it's a small chapel), when the friendly gentleman who seems to be in charge of organizing these daily masses spoke to me. "How would you like to be altar server today?" I hadn't yet quite picked out a seat, but proceeded to claim one with my helmet as I tried to back out of the invitation. "No, not today," I said as I looked around at the people. He wasn't quitting. "I'll teach, " he said. "You'll teach?" I replied, and with that I'd pretty much bought the farm. After teaching me, he reminded me that it is a privilege to serve at mass. I thanked him. So today I was altar server (in my bright, colorful cycling jersey, no less) and was successful at making it no more eventful than it normally is.

3 comments:

Natty said...

That's neat... I've always wanted to learn to be an altar server, but only kids do it at my current parish. I'm also curious about being a Eucharistic Minister--oh, excuse me, an "Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Communion." Ahem. Anyway, they don't tend to teach well in this parish... I was pretty much thrown to the wolves for lectoring, so, I'm not up for that kind of an adventure just yet with the Body & Blood of Christ! ;-)

wondering said...

Just enjoyed reading your messages

seeking_something said...

Ah...start as altar server, you don't handle the body and blood of Christ, you handle the gifts.