First day on the job
By forcing myself to stay up last night until 10:00 p.m. Canterbury time, I was able to get a good night's sleep and do not feel jet lag very much today. Actually I've felt pretty much awake and alert today in spite of the fact that I got up at 2:00 a.m. Cincinnati time. It'll take a couple of days to regulate my sleep schedule, but being here is worth it.
I didn't get out to take any pictures since I arrived. The weather has been awful. Yesterday, the day I arrived, it was cold and rainy all day. Today we did see the sun in the morning, but it is still cold and there are frost warning for parts of the country tonight. So I have been staying in and preparing classes and re-acquainting myself with the place and people that I know.
Today three Ethiopian Capuchins celebrated a Ethiopian Rite Eucharist for us. They did this last year as well. This year, however, they had a better handout so we could follow along. I always enjoy experiencing the other Rites of the Catholic Church. We of the Latin Rite sometimes forget that the Church is much bigger than just us. The Ethiopian liturgy is much more ornate and much longer. There is a good deal of catechesis built into the prayers. There is also much, much more congregational involvement. While I certainly feel more at home with the Latin Rite, it is good to have had the chance to celebrate Mass with my Capuchin Brothers from aother country and another Rite.
If the pictures look familiar, it is because I used them last year. They're repeats. :-)