Last night I attended my last training night as a member of HMCS QUEEN and Canada's Naval Reserve. I'm not quite released yet. I still have a release medical to attend to next week. After almost 25 years of service, it will take some adjustment.
Today marks the 27th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. Nearly half of that, of course, was spent on a sort of hiatus, but still. Archbishop Michael Peers had wanted to mark the day as Hugh of Lincoln (who has been moved in the new calendar to tomorrow, displacing Hilda of Whitby to the day later). I insisted on Margaret of Scotland in honour to my ancestry.
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Somehow, the collect for the commemoration of St. Margaret of Scotland, Helper of the Poor seems to apply:
you gave to your servant Margaret
such faithfulness as Queen of Scotland
that she cared for the poor
and relieved the needs of those who lay in prison.
Grant us a like devotion,
whatever the service to which you call us,
that we may be agents of your justice
and true servants of your mercy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.