Pictures from the opening "Mass" of the
51st General Council of the Reformed Episcopal Church
held at St. Alban's Cathedral (APA)
22 June 2005
(click on thumbnail version of picture for a larger image)
Mary Altar Pictures (Some not the best quality - but you can get the idea)
For the order of service for the opening "Mass", click here.
(Note particularly pages 10 and 17)
The first time in the memory of this Reformed Episcopalian a RE Communion was held without the Invitation to "Our fellow Christians . . ." to join in the Lord's Supper
Birds of a feather - in gowning and theology?
The pictures above only show clergy in the congregation because only clergy (with a few special exceptions) were permitted to sit in the church sanctuary. Lay deputies were seated in Grundorf Hall and "participated" in the Mass via a live feed and large screen projection.
St. Matthew 23:1-12
(1) Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, (2) Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: (3) All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. (4) For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. (5) But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, (6) And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, (7) And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
(8) But be not ye
called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. (9)
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in
heaven. (10) Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
(11) But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. (12) And whosoever
shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be
traditional REC resources here