The Altar Kiss Comes Unbidden

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The Altar and chancel has been stripped.

The Altar Guild and Altar Party takes such tender care in doing so

even while they don’t want to do so.

The Altar is washed.

I hate that I have to do that.

I am honor to be the one to do so.

I feel like the woman with the alabaster jar.

The Altar Kiss comes unbidden.

The tabernacle has been left open and is empty

I hate that.

Thank you for doing that.

We removed the sanctuary lamp. Slowly.

It is so quiet in there.

We’ll try to keep watch.

Have mercy on us at our failure to do so.

Tomorrow comes

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