With prayer book, notes, and sermon in hand I headed off to Charlottetown quite early Sunday morning. When I arrived I found the vestments nicely laid out for me with a note to the Altar guild that the alb which had been worn at the 8:00 service should be replaced as one more suitable to my height. Well, I was faced with a number of vestment which I was unfamiliar with having used a simple cassock-alb or a cassock and surplus throughout my Anglican ministry along with occasionally a chasuble for special occasions. I was soon greeted by the member of the altar guild on duty for the morning who unfortunately was not able to shed much light of the intricacies of Anglo-Catholic vestments. She was a woman of about 70 years of age who was a long service member of the altar guild but had always followed the instructions of her mother (the source of all altar guild knowledge) who had unfortunately died recently and she was soloing for the first time. However, the lay reader arrived fairly soon after and was able to introduce me to the mysteries of the vestment. I was able, with the assistance of a dresser, to vest with a cassock and alb (rather than a surplus), a maniple (as far as I can determine), a stole and a chasuble. I decided not to use the maniple which is carried on the left arm. You may not be too interested in the details of Anglo-Catholic vestments but I hope you have a taste of the intricacies involved.
After saying a much needed prayer with the servers, crucifer and lay reader and taking a deep breath I launched into the worship procession. The choir processes separately from the opposite side of the building. I won’t go in to many more details of the service itself as it is already too late to make a long story short. However, I will say that I did not have to incense the altar as occurred on the previous Sunday as it was not a feast day or special service — just the eleventh Sunday after Trinity. The lay-reader, servers and organist were very helpful and guided me through the service so I didn’t make too many missteps.