Sunday, December 16, 2012

"A Pentecostal, Evangelical, Protestant in a Catholic Church"... My story...

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The Evangelairy coming into the Mass for the first time
"A Pentecostal, Evangelical, Protestant in a Catholic Church"... My story...

Last night was an amazing evening.

Through a unique series of events God brought Father Ervens Mengelle into my life this past year when he asked me to consider carving an 'Evangelairy' for the Sacred Heart Church in PTBO. (An Evangelairy is a Book Cover for their large Book of the Gospels that is read from in each service).

I began working on this project... then while doing this the church requested that I restore the Scared Heart of Jesus statue.

My goal was to have both of these projects done before this evening - the Special Christmas Mass - lighting of their real Christmas Tree and a Mass for families that have lost loved ones this year. Tonight both the Evangelairy and Statue were 'blessed' and brought into their full right as part of the worship.

On the recession at the end of the service, Father Ervens stopped at the pew I was sitting and introduced me to the Bishop, who was conducting the service. The Bishop grabbed my hand tightly and expressed his deep thankfulness for what I had done for the church and this congregation.

I am unable to find the right words to describe what it meant to me to see my piece of art and art work installed in this church and to know that it will likely be used over and over again - year after year - long after I am gone.

After the Bishop stopped to talk with me in that centre aisle on his way out - holding up the whole procession BTW - different folks came over to express their deep appreciation for what was done.

In the New Year they have asked me to do the next two statues - Mary and then Joseph.

I am a Pentecostal Pastor (retired) - an Evangelical, a Protestant and very much of an outsider to the Catholic Church - but tonight this church showed true love - and I felt it! WOW and DOUBLE WOW!!!!
Rev. Murray Lincoln, Bishop Most Rev. Nicola De Angelis, Father Ervens Mengelle
~ Murray Lincoln ~
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great job. What a legacy for Peterborough people to enjoy for the next hundred years or more. Way to go Dad.