They prayed for an end to the patriarchal arrogance of the past and for the entire human family -- not only those of the household of the faith. (O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne.) Surely we would all do well for an end to arrogance and hatred!
God was addressed as Transforming God, not a name or even an attribute usually associated with prayer in Scripture. The Great Thanksgiving began in Spanish and the Sanctus was a Spanish language hymn paraphrase. Everyone got to be a soloist in the sung Our Father in the familiar Malotte setting. They sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic, a choir sang Deep River and, of course, a Marty Haugen distribution song was sung. At the end, the familiar words of the James Weldon Johnson hymn Lift Every Voice and Sing sent the folks on their way.
There was a welcoming party of clergy, an asperging party of clergy, and a seating party of clergy. There was a deacon of the table, chaplains to the Presiding Bishop, intercessors, oblation bearers, and ministers of communion. There was surely a great show -- nobody knows how to throw a party like the Anglicans -- but it was a curious installation into a curious communion at a curious time, both in global terms and in local American terms. It reminds us of a church with a great past and a very uncertain future. But I guess that is exactly what the Episcopal Church in the US is -- a communion with a great past but a very uncertain future.
For my part I think that if he has better taste in vestments than Bishop Jefforts Schori did, it will be an improvement.
BTW if you have a spare 3 hours and 46 minutes you can watch it all here. . . The Episcopalians can always be counted upon to put together a good show, even if some strangeness and hollow words raise a question or two about what is actually happening. . .