At daily Mass this morning, I was the reader (my second time). The sacristan and I were in the sacristy; he was getting things set up for Mass (one of our priests was scheduled as celebrant) and I was arranging the sacramentary and lectionary and our book of general intercession prayers. Into the sacristry walks this gentleman whom I’d never before seen. To both I and the sacristan, he was obviously a priest…he just carried himself that way. We both automatically called him “father,” introduced ourselves, and asked him if he was concelebrating. He introduced himself as Bishop N. :eek: Of course, about five mintues later, in comes our rector and two other of our priests.
He was wearing an off-white, non-cotton shirt with a high, stiff collar (but not a Roman collar), a black suit jacket and black pants. He had a huge silver cross (may have been a crucifix but I didn’t want to stick my nose in his chest) on a chain around his neck. Did we miss some (unknown to me) identifying sign? Maybe the cross was a pectoral cross? He did put this cross outside his chausble after vesting.
Turns out he is from Kenya. Isn’t it cool that a bishop from Kenya could just walk into your sacristry and celebrate Mass–guess that’s why it’s the universal Church!