Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

A Great Sunday and Monday

I am blogging from my in-laws house, where we are getting ready to head back home after lunch.

Sunday was really nice at St. John's. We had quite a few police officers join us for the Blue Mass, and it was quite moving to have them up front for the blessing and distribution of medals. There were even two Wayne County Sheriff Deputies in their mounted unit out in the parking lot on horseback, so we got a police AND animal blessing together when I went outside

This was our first one, and several parishioners (not police officers) have said to me they would like to help in promoting it next year - I think it is the beginning of a great tradition at St. John's!

It was also fun to have our "PRAY HERE FOR THE TIGERS - Playoff edition" afterwards. Would that we could get the media interested in regular worship at St. John's!

On Monday morning we took the train into Chicago (from South Bend - we drove Sunday evening to my inlaws who live 45 minutes from South Bend) to see the King Tut exhibition at the Field Museum. We bought these tickets months ago, and have been really looking forward to going.

All that being said, I was disappointed by the exhibit. I knew that not all of the treasure would be there, but there was not a single one of the sarcophagi, or the famous golden death mask present. In fact, when you read the title it again you realize the display is not only King Tug but also the other kings of the valley, and I think there was less than half of the display with items from King Tut. Yes, it was all beautiful and interesting in many ways, and the highlight being a coffinnette, which contained his liver which as much as it looks like the familiar King Tut burial items, was only 39.5 Centimeters by 11 Centimeters. It was tiny.

When you got to the second to last room there were a few items on display that were wrapped in the mummy (golden dagger, etc.) and an outline on the floor of the size of the various boxes he was under....but then in the last room was just a photo display of his various facial representations and x-rays and an MRI of the mummy.

In fact, we enjoyed the regular exhibit of Egyptian artifacts in the Field Museum (which we had seen before) as much as the Tut display!

Overall, it was a very nice day. Riding the train was fun, and we also went to the Aquarium too. The weather was warm and we only dodged a few sprinkles while going back to the train station, hardly enough rain to bother putting up an umbrella. A day in Chicago is always fun, with family!