“I Will Go Unto the Altar of God.”
I started a weekday Mass last year in Holy Week. I was planning to celebrate the Mass during Holy Week and Easter Week, but before the weeks were out I had changed to celebrating the weekdays of the Great Forty Days. And, as you all know, before the Great Forty Days were past the 12:15 weekday Mass had become a permanent part of my ministry as your rector here at our parish. Since that first Holy Monday, with some help, I have celebrated 254 weekday Masses and I have only been alone 15 times! As you know, each day of the week is dedicated to a group of our parishioners so that by Friday we have remembered all of you by name at the Altar. Pick up a copy of the new All Saints Prayer List and even if you cannot be at the Mass you can remember one another as we are praying before the Altar. Our common vocation at All Saints is to worship God the Father, through God the Son, by God the Holy Spirit. Whether it is the Sunday Service filled with worshipers and the music of angels or the weekday Low Mass with just one parishioner and a priest, you and he are participating at the very center, the very heart of the Body of Christ. And from that beating heart the life of God flows into the whole parish and through her God’s life enters into the whole world.