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Sunday, January 11, 2009

All right, who ate the coin?

Today is the First Sunday in Epiphany. And things continue to be difficult this winter; we had record flooding last week and I'm not sure all our parishioners are yet able to get out due to floodwaters and destroyed roadbeds. (I live at a higher elevation; if the floods reached here my only option would be to break out the Ark.) And even so, there is STILL a little snow left from before Christmas.

Be that as it may, we're still celebrating with some of the decorations of Christmas including the Creche, now complete with Wise Men on camelback, and music other folks drop December 26th. But today's service featured a relatively new carol (did we sing it last year?) that I just loved, Hymn #762A, "Star in the East". The number tells me we would have never have sung it before Fr. McGrath asked us to replace our old, worn-out hymnals with new ones, and in a way it's interesting to have a 1940 Hymnal containing a hymn "harmonized" in 1974!

In any event we had the traditional Epiphany Cake today after the 10 AM service. Now one feature of the Epiphany Cake is a special element baked into it; our tradition is a coin. Last year we had a real puzzle because nobody reported finding the coin! Did somebody eat it unawares?

(Diane got this year's coin, so no mystery for this year.)


  • At 9:38 AM, Blogger Canon Tallis said…

    Did Diane give a party on Candlemas as is the tradition? Your Three Kings Day Cake certainly didn't look like my more French version. But it did look very tasty.

  • At 5:16 PM, Blogger Continuing Home said…

    Um. I hadn't heard of that tradition.

    But weekday parties here are difficult because we're so widespread and Seattle traffic is so bad, especially on weekdays.

  • At 6:47 PM, Blogger Canon Tallis said…

    Then maybe they could be responsible for the coffee hour refreshments on the Sunday nearest the feast of our Lady's Purification. And the old custom could be explained along with the necessity of creating more Anglicans in the near area so that the feast could have its additional celebration. But Solemn Evensong - that must have been wonderful.

  • At 6:56 PM, Blogger Continuing Home said…

    Canon Tallis, that sounds like a very reasonable and workable alternative! I will suggest this to our folks.

    And creating more Anglicans in the near area -- we keep fishing for effective ways to do so. For that matter, creating more Christians of whatever faith is quite a challenge here in the least-churched area of the country; we're not alone in this effort.

    Fr. McGrath's "Solemn Evensong" (especially with incense but that's my own druthers) is definitely not to be missed.


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