haiku is something of an extension of “Haiku Meditations on the Church Year.”
It doesn’t fit there, of course, as ordinations are only performed as
needed. The occasion for writing the verse was the ordination to the
priesthood of Deacon James McCaskill at St.
Paul’s, Mt. Lebanon, on January 3, 2003. In the Episcopal Church,
a bishop always presides at ordinations and all local clergy
are invited to attend and participate. Ordinations are generally big
the hymn usually known as “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” is not a
required hymn at ordinations, it is sung more often than not, as it is
especially appropriate for such occasions. The words are attributed to
St. Patrick and were translated by Cecil Frances Alexander. The hymn
bind unto myself today
strong Name of the Trinity,
invocation of the same,
Three in One, and One in Three.1
poem was written 1/3/2003. Nearly a year later, I wrote another poem
for a St. Paul’s ordination.
1The Hymnal 1982,
© 1985 Church Pension Fund.
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