Holy Reverie Blog

Now Tell Your Heart To Beat Again

Easter Sunday worship services at Calvary tend to be extraordinary; this year’s may have been the most extraordinary of all: how does the Flower Guild do  what they do? How on earth do Kristin Lensch, John Palmer, and our choir continue to produce such glory? That’s what I was thinking when our rector, Chris Girata, stepped into the pulpit to begin his sermon. I leaned forward, wondering what he might say that, as a pretty seasoned old clergy... Read More
Posted by Christopher Girata at Tuesday, March 29, 2016 | 3 comments
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Every Exit Is An Entrance Somewhere Else

One of my hobbies is acting in community theatre plays. I learned there are two important things for an actor to know - when it is time to go on stage, and when it is time to get off stage. What I discovered is that often what is happening off-stage is more fascinating than what is happening on stage. Tom Stoppard wrote a play about this, Rosencranz and Guilderstern Are Dead. It is the story of two supporting characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet . In Stoppard’s play, Rosencranz and... Read More
Posted by Christopher Girata at Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | 1 comments
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A Church That Heals

When a reporter asked Pope Francis what kind of church the world needs, he replied, "I see the Church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else." Whatever else we might say about Jesus, he was first a healer. And, as we will experience in the Easter season, Jesus was a healer who did not conceal his own wounds. Most of... Read More
Posted by Christopher Girata at Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | 0 comments
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Unity: Our Hopeful Future

In just over a week, we will celebrate Palm Sunday with neighbors from around the downtown community in the first, true, downtown ecumenical communion service in anyone’s memory. For many of us at Calvary, this kind of service likely seems like a wonderful idea, something long overdue. But for many of our Christian sisters and brothers in other traditions, this is a major step in a very good direction. On Palm Sunday, we will gather in the heart of our city to bring a holy, sacred spirit to our... Read More
Posted by Christopher Girata at Wednesday, March 9, 2016 | 0 comments
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From Dust to Holy Ground

Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return. We heard those words three weeks ago on Ash Wednesday. The first time I heard a priest say them and impose ashes on my forehead, it was a stark realization of my mortality. It was a vivid reminder of the limits of my humanity in contrast to the infinite divinity of Almighty God. But, over the last 30 years, I have had a less stark and more gradual reminder of my mortality. Since we are in the season for confession, I must confess that... Read More
Posted by Christopher Girata at Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | 1 comments
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