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  1. Morning Prayer
  2. Notes of Interest: Thurible
  3. Notes of Interest: The Episcopal Shield
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Morning Prayer
is said Monday - Friday mornings at 8:15 and Saturday morning at 8:30 in the Chapel. Intercession is made during this time for everyone on our prayer list. Please feel free to join us or place your prayer requests in the box in the narthex or call the office at 868-7185.
Notes of Interest: Thurible
Vessel for incense, consisting of a metal pot with holes in its lids suspended from a chain. The chain allows the pot to be swung gently, releasing smoke through the holes as the incense burns. It is carried in processions and can be used to cense the gospel book, the altar, the celebrant and Eucharistic ministers, and the congregation. The term is derived from the Latin word for "incense." Also called a censer. A thurifer is the person who handles the thurible during services.

Copyright 2000 by John N. Wall. Illustrations by Philippa J. Anderson. All rights reserved. Reprinted from "A Dictionary for Episcopalians" and available from Cowley Publications, 28 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111 (WWW.cowley.org; 1-800-225-1534)

Notes of Interest: The Episcopal Shield
The Episcopal Shield was adopted by the General Convention in 1940. The red cross on a white field is the St. George Cross. It indicates the link between the Episcopal Church and the Church of England, the mother church of the Anglican Communion. The colors red, white and blue are the colors of the flags of both the United States and England.
The miniature crosses in the blue quadrant symbolize the nine original American dioceses that met in Philadelphia in 1789 to adopt the constitution of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. The outline of the miniature crosses is in the form of St. Andrew's Cross in tribute to the Scottish church's role in ordaining the first American bishop, Samuel Seabury, in 1784.

The Rev. Clayton Morris, liturgical officer for the Episcopal Church Center, responding to "Since you asked" ask@episcopal-life.org in the Mountain Echo 2002 issue.

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