We started the 4th of July by keeping to an old tradition that I inherited from Fr. Karney, the priest who really taught me how to be a priest, that of keeping the 4th as a holy day of obligation. Having read +Paul Marshall’s book on the history of the early Episcopal Church in the U.S., I’m much more keen on the tradition now that I understand the context. It has always seemed particularly right to me to observe the 4th with prayer and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Then my family and I went to see “Ratatouille”, the new Pixar movie, in a packed house afternoon showing.
Definitely recommended. If you haven’t seen it yet, go see it. The message is amazing for anyone involved in creative enterprise, and the graphics are, to me, the best in any Pixar movie yet.
We’re “just chillin'” now and getting ready for the big finish to this day, a firework show at sunset here in our new home. All in all a great day. Even if the outside temperature is supposed to get up to 116 F in the next hour or so. (It was 115 on the drive home.)
How are you celebrating the 4th?