As I am writing this I am at Toronto Pearson waiting to board my flight home to Edmonton. During this trip I got to do a number of things. I got to go to Communion at St. James’ Cathedral. Twice. The ad orientum Altar of the Lady Chapel was used both times. I had been to east facing services before however both involved the 1962 Book of Common Prayer; both services used the Book of Alternative Services (page 230 and page 185 services). It was also the first time I had seen a female priest celebrate an east-facing service.
I did get the chance to go to St. Thomas’ Church near the University of Toronto, but sadly no didn’t attend any services there.
I didn’t get the chance to go up the CN tower as it was snowing when I had free time. 🙁 Oh, well. Better luck next trip.
I also missed out the chance to meet the Rev’d Daniel Brereton. His mother is presently in Hospital and is not in good condition. I would ask that you all pray for him, his family and his mother at this time.
However, I did get to do one thing. In 2011 a friend and colleague of mine, Danny Siklos, died suddenly. I was unable to make his funeral. That hurt. We had worked together for three summers in New Brunswick and agreed that if I ever made it to Toronto we would definitely get together for a beer or two. That never happened. Two and a half-years later I finally got a chance to come by and say hi.
And now, back to Edmonton!