So I’m slowly getting back into the groove of things. M is firmly ensconced in her parish and is working greatly doing all sorts of good things. The girls are in day care, with G going to pre-school at the church in the morning, then heading to where H is for the afternoon. She adores it especially because she has lots of kids to play with and gets to do ballet (of sorts).
Daycare is already working its charm on us too–we’ve all got colds and H has an ear infection. Hey–the kids will pick up the bugs sometime, this just means we get them now instead of when they start to school.
I’m doing Matins and Vespers from the Anglican Breviary and I’m finding it very helpful. I’ve already had a number of ah-ha moments of the “oh, that’s why we do it that way…” and “that’s why that book separates those canticles that way…” variety. The AB is not the medieval Office cycle. (As any medievalist or liturgist will tell you, there never virtually nothing that is *THE* medieval anything–there are only medieval uses of certain times and places.) But, it’s the closest I’ve ever done and I’m tickled to be doing Matins in a form that much more closely approximates an early medieval use. I know the liturgies and how they work in the period I’m writing on for the diss but actually using something so close to them opens a whole new experiential dimension.
I’m hoping to actually do some writing and cleanup on ch 2 today. We’ll see if that happens.
The job starts Monday–I’m still figuring out transportation. I went down for the first class yesterday and that involved dragging the entire household out of bed at an ungodly hour to drop me off at the train station and that’s just not gonna work…
In terms of the class… *sigh* Good to know somethings don’t change… We were doing expansive metaphors for God. But let me fill you in on a secret: Creator/Redeemer/Sanctifier are *NOT* metaphors!! Imagination and creativity are very important in constructing and composing liturgy–but so are boundaries and the best boundaries are years and years of living in historic liturgies.