Old Donation Episcopal Church
Today we left the charming town of Canterbury, our temporary home for the past three nights, for our next destination of Bury St. Edmunds. But, before departing we attended a Cathedral Eucharist at Canterbury Cathedral. It was a memorable service made even more so for me by being asked to assist with Father Bob and Father Fred, in the processing of the Communion Elements to the high altar for consecration and distribution. This was a privilege I assure you I will long remember. The boys and men choir sang, sounding like the angels. One of our group remarked that it was a highpoint for their worship.
I was particularly struck by the words of the second reading from the Second Letter of James: “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” So it really comes down to what we do, our actions, and not so much what we say. These are words that should govern our daily life. It also tied in so perfectly with the theme of the sermon delivered by the Vice Dean of the Cathedral, in which he challenged us to break barriers down rather than build them up. And, it reminded me of the words of Father Bob from the opening Eucharist of our pilgrimage - “Who am I?” “Where am I going?” “How am I going to get there?” Questions that should direct how we conduct ourselves.
As I write this we are in our hotel, the Angel, in Bury St. Edmunds preparing for dinner. Linda and I just returned from a lovely walk through the gardens of the local cathedral and the ruins of the Bury St. Edmunds Abbey. The beauty of our surroundings and this pilgrimage make us ever aware of God’s work and the need for all of us to continue to become builders of community and more aware of our actions.