Thursday, November 7, 2013

All Saints

Whenever I am in Rome over a weekend I attend the 10:30am Sung Eucharist at All Saints Church. The Chaplain is Jonathan Boardman, a graduate of Magdalene College, Cambridge, where I had dined with current Magdalene Master and ex Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, only two weeks ago.

The service this Sunday was read by Reverend Mary Styles and it was about the letters St. Paul addressed to the saints and the celebration of all of us as saints; the disciples, sinners, and common folk who try hard to live a Christian life and do the right thing. Those adept at seeking redemption are primary candidates for Sainthood.

All Saints have a lovely little tradition each Sunday when they ask various visitors to the church to stand up and say where they are from. This allows an immediate joining together following the service when a glass of wine and a potluck lunch available is shared.

Rome is such a spiritual eternal city but coming together in this way is a very uplifting thing to do. I can recommend it to all who happen to be in Rome on a Sunday morning.