(From History.com) Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.
Today at church I assisted with the Eucharist/Communion at church for the first time since I have been at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. This is me in an alb which is a liturgical vestment that is worn in many churches for the clergy as well as those assisting in the Mass/worship. I am holding a chalice with real wine that we use each week in worship. I love doing this sort of thing at church because it brings me closer to Christ to help others in such a way.
For those who don’t know a lot about The Episcopal Church and how we worship its scriptural, sacred and Holy. We celebrate the Eucharist/communion during every Mass/Worship. From the music to the message everything points to Jesus. Our services help us to encounter Christ in ancient practices that has stood the test of time. I am blessed to be a part of the parish of St. Peter’s here in Chattanooga where I am finding faith, hope and love in community. It is also cool to be part of the global Anglican community. A couple of years ago I took one of those online quizzes that the Episcopal church would be a good fit for me and now that I am one it makes a lot of sense now. The Episcopal church is welcoming of everyone and encourages me to think and feel equally. I am grateful to God for leading me (and Laura) there.
For Advent I am doing a social media photo initiative called AdventWord.
It’s organized the Society of St John the Evangelist (SSJE) and the Anglican Communion Office is underway, with Anglicans around the world posting images on Twitter and Instagram in response to themes suggested by the Society.
For more information check out The Anglican Communion News Service and find our how you can be a part of it or go directly to AdventWord.org to sign up.