Fr. James Bradley, former Communications Officer for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, now in the United States about to begin a plan of studies in canon law, celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for Trinity XI, yesterday, 11 August 2013. Fr. Bradley also preached the homily while Pastor of Incarnation Catholic Church, Fr. William “Doc” Holiday, assisted and concelebrated the Mass.
Absolute filth! Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!
This morning I attended the ordination of William “Doc” Holiday, a former Anglican priest and good friend, to the Catholic diaconate. The ordination took place at Incarnation Catholic Church, in Orlando, Florida, formerly the Anglican Cathedral of the Incarnation, for which, as Rector’s Warden, I had the honour of organising the process by which the parish entered the Holy and Apostolic Church via the Personal Ordinariate erected under the auspices of the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum cœtibus.
John Noonan, the Bishop of Orlando, performed the ordination on behalf of the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson. The ordination and Mass were conducted in accordance with the modern Roman Rite (Novus Ordo). Mass was celebrated ad orientem, as of course, the Anglo-Catholic church’s altar abuts the east wall. Everything was done decently and in good order, though obviously the “Ordinary Form” of the Latin Rite is not at all my cup of tea (to put it very mildly). In the spirit of Christian Unity, I will refrain from commenting on the liturgical vestments supplied by the Diocese.
As the event was only announced recently, and it was conducted at nine o’clock on a business morning, there were few in attendance (the bishop’s entourage was more numerous than the parishioners). Bishop Noonan spoke briefly about the ministry of the deacon in the Church.
Deacon Holiday will be ordained to the priesthood on this coming Saturday, at Incarnation Church, at nine o’clock in the morning. Every indication is that he will, at some point, assume the rectorship of the church, as the first and likely last native Anglican-turned-Catholic priest in the community. Please pray for him as he prepares for the fulfilment of his ministry as a Catholic priest.
Yesterday, while in the checkout queue at Lombardi’s Seafood in Winter Park (with my haul of six rainbow trout), a nervous and clearly deferent redneck comes up to me, curious about my kilt and hose.
“I don’t mean to be nosey… but is what you’re wearing for work, or do you always dress that way?”
I replied, “It’s not a costume. It’s called Highland Dress.”
Then a huge smile and he offered his closed fist for a bump. Later in the parking lot, “You have a wonderful day and a wonderful weekend.”
It looks like we’re in store for at least an entire day of overcast skies and more or less steady rain from the tropical storm out in the Gulf of Mexico. I love those rare mornings (at least in Florida) where the ambient light is the same at 8:00 AM as it was at 6:00 AM. When you wake up, you are not quite certain what time it is; your circadian rhythm is telling you one thing, but the day seems to be telling you another. On these days I wake up slowly and peacefully, and Magaidh and I spend some quality time snuggling up in the bed covers before I go to work. The atmosphere also reminds me of my beloved Highlands, though the temperature here may be twenty degrees warmer than the ideal.
It doesn’t look like the heart of the storm is going to come anywhere near Orlando, so I’m calling off the hurricane party. However, we should get some good intense downpours from Isaac; indeed, the first outer band of the tropical storm just went through (though the centre of the storm is currently in the Florida Straits). The rain is what I look forward to the most, so hopefully it will be a wonderfully dreary and wet several days as the storm moves through the Gulf of Mexico.
Just in case, after Holy Mass this morning, Fr. Vernoy prayed an oration and imparted a special blessing against foul and dangerous weather.