Blog|The Rev. Canon Anna E. Rossi
I am writing to you today to share with you some information that may have made it a little harder to connect with your cathedral in the past weeks. Two weeks ago, we had a technical event that impacted our telephone and voicemail system. We expect the system to be fully restored in a few days. If you have tried to reach us by phone and have been unable to leave a voicemail, please accept our apologies. Until phone systems are fully restored, email is the best way to reach the staff. If you don’t know the email address of the person you hope to reach, email email@example.com with the person’s name in the subject line, and your message will be forwarded.
The cathedral clergy are here to support you in your time of need. Often that is a prayer, or sitting together during a hard time, or making connections for health and mental health support. If you have a prayer concern, the best way to communicate that is to email firstname.lastname@example.org. It will ensure that your concern is included in the daily rhythm of prayer, a ministry to which many people, lay and ordained, staff and volunteer, contribute. If you wish to bring a personal concern to a member of the pastoral staff, write email@example.com.
There are also those rare and poignant circumstances when an accident occurs, or someone is admitted to the hospital, and after-hours support is called for. If you have an emergent need such as this, and are not able to reach the pastoral emergency phone, please call my extension at (415) 749-6396, or that of the Rev. Canon Mary Carter Greene at (415) 749-6369.
The cathedral offices and programs will be closed on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day. Amid barbecues and fireworks, please join in praying for our country, in your own language, or in the tradition of our prayer book:
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Every good gift,