Coming next: Extraordinary Minister of the iPhone

Tuesday, my wife and I marked our 25th wedding anniversary with a special mass in Orlando, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe. (A big hat tip to my friend, blog reader, and hard-working Disney employee Fernando Martinez, who made it all possible — and provided cupcakes after!  His son, Fernando Jr., served as roving photographer.)

The celebrant for this little liturgy — those in attendance, including my wife and me, numbered six — was Fr. Hector, a great priest and a great guy; I’d been privileged to attend his first mass three years ago, and he was only too happy to help us out.

There was only one problem: that morning, when he went searching the rectory for a ritual book containing the blessing he wanted to use at the end of mass, it was no where to be found.  Somebody else had taken it.  The solution?  It turned out that Fr. Hector had the prayers downloaded on his iPhone.  So at the end of mass, he got Fernando to hold the phone, while he read the blessing.

My wife and I are cracking up because we can’t believe the priest is actually doing a blessing from his cell phone. As Samuel F.B. Morse famously put it (quoting scripture): “What hath God wrought?”

Twenty five years into our marriage, we often find ourselves asking the same question — in wonder, and awe, and gratitude.

I love the above picture, by the way, which features Jesus in the background, but always near, imparting a blessing.

Meantime, Fr. Hector has his own blog, in Spanish.  Check it out.

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  1. That is such a great story!

  2. I love your continuing love story…

  3. Actually, Jesus in the foreground, too!

  4. Many blessings to you and your beautiful wife!

  5. pagansister says:

    Ahhh modern technology—saved the day in this case. :o) Happy 25th and many many more, Deacon.

  6. Hi Deacon! thanks for this note… But was an i-touch not an I-hone… that thing is too expensiver :)
    in my prayers
    Fr. Hector

  7. Mr Flapatap says:

    Happy Anniversary!!

    Say, is by any chance Fernando a Ponce, PR native?

  8. Technology…just another gift from the Lord. Imagine if you hadn’t called that sweet woman 25 years ago for a second date?

  9. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    Yes, Mr. F. He’s from Ponce, PR.

  10. Mr Flapatap says:

    I am almost certain he was my 9th grade history teacher!!! He graduated from our school and came back to teach. Could you, please, forward my contact information to him? Thanks.

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