Breaking News: Canon blesses Cannon, Pumpkins capitulate.
There is so much going on in Anglican / Episcopal land, and so little sense to it, that here at Preludium we took a break. This last Sunday afternoon, after having preached at The Episcopal Church of St. Andrew and St. Matthew, I returned to Lewes, the village by the bay and the big water, to bless the Air Cannon for a group of women and their male assistants who are entering their Cannon in the Pumpkin' Chunkin' contest this year. They are using their entry as a way to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
In what I hope is right fashion, in which we bless people and then what they do, we prayed first for all those who have or have had breast cancer and those who love and care for them, then blessed the group and their work and community, and then the beast of a cannon as an instrument of delight and joy. The cannon has a fifty foot barrel and shoots a pumpkin about 4500 feet using a high pressure blast of air to drive it. A lot of the pumpkins get smashed in the process of leaving the barrel, but many make it. In the picture to the right you can see the pumpkin as a small dot in the upper right hand.
So, being a Canon in The Episcopal Church in the Philippines firing a cannon in Lewes for a gang of wonderful people chunkin' pumpkin' for breast cancer research, is amazingly simple when compared to the attempt to weed out the important from the crazy in Anglican and Episcopal affairs of state.
It was a relief to pull the lanyard and fire the thing.