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The Sacred & the Silly

Fall General Meeting – September 23

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We are very honored to have The Rt. Rev. Swing as our key note speaker. His new book is titled, “The Silly and the Sacred.” He has graciously offered to share some excerpts.

When asked why he wrote his book, he replied, “When one has been a priest and a bishop for 50 ears, one has a lot of silly stories. I don’t want to go to my grave with these stories. I wrote them down so that family and friends might enjoy them.

 

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O God the Holy Ghost
Who art light unto thine elect
Evermore enlighten us.
Thou who art fire of love
Evermore enkindle us.
Thou who art Lord and Giver of Life,
Evermore live in us.
Thou who bestowest sevenfold grace,
Evermore replenish us.
As the wind is thy symbol,
So forward our goings.
As the dove, so launch us heavenwards.
As water, so purify our spirits.
As a cloud, so abate our temptations.
As dew, so revive our languor.
As fire, so purge our dross

Christina Rossetti (AD 1830-1894)