Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Portland and the FEAST of St. Aelred

The Feast of Integrity's Patron Saint, Aelred, Abbot of Riveaulx, was celebrated in grand style at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon. Thanks to the planning of our Integrity Chapter under the leadership of Andy McQuery it was a wonderful evening.

Member of the Portland Gay Men's Chorus supplied an introit and post communion anthem.

The Rev. Dennis j. Parker presided and The Rev. Robert Bryant preached. Robert's homily gave the most complete and understandable oral history of Aelred's ministry and theology I have heard. Marcos Domingues was liturgical assistant and...

... turned this feat day into a real feast! There was wonderful attendance (not an empty pew) and more tables and chairs had to be found to seat all at the banquet.

Matt and Andy introduced as a "visiting dignitary" and many people expressed gratitude for my presence representing the Board of Directors of Integrity.

Andy McQuery also sang "Little Lamb, Who Made Thee?" with great skill and charm.

It was a great night.

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