The staff scrambled to assemble a service,
not knowing who was affected,
not knowing, really, what had happened.
I watched the congregation from my usual place in the
saw a somber crowd performing the familiar
trying to understand the utterly unfamiliar.
I watched a priest prepare the elements,
flanked by the tall altar candles,
just as I had watched a priest read the Gospel from the
center of the nave—
watched through a flame atop a taper reaching skyward,
giving off waves of heat through which the words