Monday, July 22, 2013

Back from Maine

Monday greetings to all.

I am back from a relaxing vacation along the Maine coast. The weather was ideal for an ocean-side vacation; mid-90's each day with breezes to help cool things down a little. Ogunquit Beach is one of the nicest in New England. The ocean water, of course, was quite cold; somewhere around 65 degrees each day. But I "took the plunge" on several occasions and really enjoyed the ocean.

The house that all of us stayed in was right across the street from All Saints Catholic Church, pictured here:

At Mass on "Good Samaritan Sunday," the priest was an older man and he had a reverent presiding style. The congregation was a mix of locals and tourists from around the world. The music was led by a capable keyboard player and an excellent cantor. I didn't know much of the music. Family around me tried to sing some of it, but found it a bit challenging melodically. The eucharistic acclamations were from a Mass setting I had never heard. Apparently not too many people knew it either, since there was very little singing of the acclamations. The homily was focused on the Lord and was engaging and moving.

On Monday morning, several of us got up very early and walked down to the beach to watch the sun rise. Here is a short video I took as the sun rose.

And here's a shot taken with the "panorama" function of my iPhone's camera.

The sunrise was breathtaking.

A few more photos for you, then it's sifting through e-mails time for me.

Flowers are abundant this time of year along the Maine coast:

Perkin's Cove just sparkled:

We all went on an early evening cruise to Nubble Lighthouse at Cape Neddick. A few photos:

I am feeling refreshed after this beautiful week in Maine. And just think, one week from today, many of us will be in Washington, DC for the annual convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Feeling quite energized about the weeks ahead.

Thanks for sharing in my little travelogue.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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