Dear reader, please say a prayer for Fr. Davis' recovery.
He returned Wednesday, from a regional clericus in Portland OR, a bit under the weather and canceled Wednesday evening's Rector's Forum (which I would have missed anyways, being on an airplane at the time). Things have gotten worse: apparently he'd contracted a quite virulent flu, which he characterizes as bringing on "fever, chills, coughing, aches, sneezing, dizziness, congestion, etc."
Needless to say he was still quite ill today, and we had that rarest of Sunday morning services: Morning Prayer. Rather a bit of stumbling, we are now again so out of practice, and the to-me-abhorrent response to "Here endeth the Epistle" (drawn from the '79: "Thanks be to God" -- its undertone being "the Epistle has finally ended, thank God!"*) appeared after the conclusion to the First and Second Lesson.
But Fr. Davis plans to catch up with an extra session soon and the one I would have missed, on Anglican church history, I just might be able to attend. At least if it is held this week, because after that I am away most weekdays until December.
* Yes, on this issue I am a grump.
A Prayer for Healing.
O ALMIGHTY God, who art the giver of all health, and the aid of them that turn to thee for succour; We entreat thy strength and goodness in behalf of this thy servant, that he may be healed of his infirmities, to thine honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.