I've been wanting to write about this for some time, but haven't been able until now. One of the true highlights of this year was the Pastoral Blessing for Christ the Reconciler. On the 18th of September, a wonderful group gathered and prayed for God's blessing to rest and remain on Christ the Reconciler.
It was appropriate, and very honoring, to have pastors from various streams of the Body of Christ join together for this blessing:
Fr. René chose a wonderful liturgy from the Catholic Book of Blessings, which was a blessing for the founding of a new monastic house. We were touched that this is what he chose, and amazed that the scriptural readings were ones that we have been praying into for years at Austin House of Prayer!
After the service was over, the heavens opened and rain poured down - about 3 inches in an hour or so! This was a beautiful blessing, but also made navigating out of the parking places a little tricky. Thankfully, Joe Bland's amazing driveway held up admirably in the downpour, and everyone was able to get home.