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Posadas Begin, and an Artist to Know

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The Anglican Cathedral’s Advent tradition of Posadas has begun again.  For the next four weeks, the Holy Family will travel toward Epiphany Island, stopping at houses and other places along the way for a night or two.  Here we see the statues at Philemon’s and Isabel’s house, a small corner of Canada in the ocean of the Grid.  If you’re interested in keeping up with Mary and Joseph and wish to follow them on their travels, join the Anglican Cathedral group, and you’ll get a daily landmark to where the statues will be.

lindsay Sabetha

While at Phil and Isabel’s house yesterday, I was privileged to meet a friend of theirs, lindsay Sabetha, who is an artist in Real Life, working in acrylics.  She was exhibiting some of her work in a small gallery near where the Posadas statues stood yesterday, and I spoke with her for a time.  lindsay lives east of Toronto in the country, and was extremely lucky to have studied in her younger days under the late Arthur Lismer, CC, one of the founding members of the Canadian Group of Seven (generally credited with establishing a uniquely Canadian æsthetic in landscapes).  If you’re familiar with Lismer’s work, you can see the influences here in lindsay’s style; but I’m tempted to say that her use of color is a touch bolder than her mentor’s was.  She also does excellent seascapes, and I’d urge you to take in an exhibit if you ever get a chance to.

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It’s The Bishop!

No, you Python-heads, not in that way.  (Sheesh)

The excellent crowd for the service, with Bishop Tom in front pew

Photo courtesy of the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life

In “reality,” the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life had a visit from its Bishop, the Right Rev. Tom Brown of Wellington, New Zealand. The parish had been preparing for this stop-in, and there was a good turnout for him, some thirty avatars, according to the report from the Cathedral blog. (As I was at work yesterday, I couldn’t get to any service, in world or RL.) And, according to Cady Enoch on her Facebook page, our lay minister, Helene Milena, informed her RL bishop about Bishop Tom’s coming, and he decided he was going to drop in as well, totally unexpected! Add a curate on top of that, all greener than the new-mown virtual grass at using Second Life, and things got a little nerve-wracking for the cathedral team. But it came off swimmingly in the end.

If you’re of the mind, please visit the Cathedral blog link above, and you can read Bishop Tom’s homily, based around the history of the spread of Christianity in New Zealand and the message to be servants as well as leaders.  And, as always, you’re welcome to come and worship with us at one of our many services.

Peace Garden at the Anglican Cathedral

A small patch of rough ground lies just outside the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life, in Epiphany region.  It has a few benches for sitting, a swing or two hanging from the trees down toward the cliff face, and a few sheep to help do the mowing (in lieu of a parish work team [grin]).

This little park was there before, but it was dedicated as a formal garden and a part of the church foundation and close this past Sunday (July 18), along with other additions to the fabric of the region and buildings.  Though not exactly planned that way, the sign you see in foreground was my own contribution to this plot of land.  I took the texture from a scan of a doorpost plaque that you can purchase at Episcopal bookstore here in the United States, and created a small piece that I put up on the door of my current house, then offered it as well to the Cathedral.  The Committee stretched it into a large size and made it sort of a welcome sign for the new Peace Garden.  I was greatly flattered when Helene Milena of the ministry team let me know what they were doing.

In a future article (after I return from a vacation with my family), I’ll photograph and explore the other additions to our beautiful Cathedral.  For now, you can follow the link above to get a transcript of the entire service of commisioning that was held.  For this garden, the service was this:

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THE PEACE PLAQUE

Readings

Isaiah 26:3-4

Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—
in peace because they trust in you.
Trust in the LORD for ever,
for in the LORD GOD
you have an everlasting rock.

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

Reflection

Peace. Something that is often hard to come across in the often noisy worlds we live in. Even if our surroundings are quiet, our minds are often still chattering as we think of the next dozen jobs we need to do. Peace does not come when the sounds of the world are silenced, though being in beautiful peaceful surroundings can help. Peace comes by trusting in God. It has a different quality from worldly peace. Knowing God is there as our ‘everlasting rock’ allows us to experience peace regardless of circumstances.

THE PARISH GARDEN

Readings

Genesis 2:8-9

And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

Reflection

Who hasn’t had their breath taken away by the beauty of the world! So many wonderful things are available for us to enjoy: things on a grand scale like mountains and lakes; things on a small scale like tiny butterflies and delicate feathers. All come from the hand of the Creator for our enjoyment. We just need to stop for a little while to appreciate the wonder that is everywhere we look, even in the most unpromising places. If we find ourselves unable to pray all we need to do is look and thanksgiving should flow from us as we observe God’s handiwork.

The Diversity of the Anglican Cathedral

Evening prayer at the Meditation Chapel

I’m an occasional participant in the services at the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life on Epiphany Island.  With an excellent set of volunteer leaders, we have services of prayer and meditation for most of the standard “hours” of the ecclesiastical day.

This photo shows the diversity of our community, sitting in for evening prayer at the Meditation Chapel down the hill from the Cathedral.  As you can see, we respect all comers, no matter gender, ethnicity…or, apparently, species!

SL’s Anglican Cathedral to Hold Festival of Lessons and Carols

Many around the world are familiar with a Christmas tradition held each year at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England.  The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols has been performed almost contiuously since 1918, and broadcast around the world by the BBC since the 1930s.

This year, the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life will host its own version of the Festival, with readings from the stories of the Bible by parishioners.  There will be two services, one today (December 19) at 10:30 p.m. SLT, and the second on December 20 at noon SLT.  All are welcome to come and listen to these messages.  Readings will be by voice, so please have your voice chat activated to listen to the service.

More information about the Festival, as well as other services planned for the week of 4 Advent and Christmas Eve/Christmas Day can be found at the Cathedral blog.

UPDATE, December 22:

The Cathedral’s blog has a piece on the two services, complete with links to YouTube performances of the carols by various groups.

Las Posadas Comes to SL’s Anglican Community

In Latin American countries, the Advent tradition of Las Posadas is observed in the nine days before Christmas.  This tradition celebrates the journey of Joseph and the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem, where Christ will be born.

Our Anglican Cathedral community in Second Life has adapted this tradition for the Grid’s holiday season.  Parishioners have volunteered to “host” statues of the holy couple each night until they complete their journey at the Cathedral on Epiphany Island.  Each Resident hands off the statues to the next host daily, with the journey ending on Christmas Eve.  Some are hosting parties in conjunction, similar to the tradition I first learned about in Disney’s The Three Caballeros.

It’s my pleasure to be helping out with the hosting today; while I am not staging a party, I do have the statues on my outside deck.  Visitors are welcome to come and view Mary and Joseph; they will be in place until some time Tuesday morning North American time.  You may teleport to my house; while I don’t anticipate crowds, I would ask visitors to please be respectful of my neighbors (grin).

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UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.:

The Holy Family have moved on for the day to their next destination.  I passed them on to Chaz Longstaff and his partner, Kip Ashbourne.  A quickie picture of them before I depart to other areas:

Chaz is on the left.  It was a pleasure to meet and talk with them; Chaz comes from Toronto, and Kip is a fellow Midwesterner, hailing from Chicago.  May their time with the Holy Family be blessed.

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