During this time surrounding the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a singular event occurred in honor of Servant of God Fr. Paul Wattson, SA. In Massey, Maryland, a lamp was installed at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church. Why a lamp? The lay pastor at St. Clement’s, Mark Hansen, is a devoted student of Fr. Paul’s writings and after reading many editions of The Lamp, decided to recognize Fr. Paul through the dedication of an actual lamp.
The church hosted the Rt. Rev. Santosh Marray, Bishop of Easton, for two adult confirmations and then the dedication of the lamp followed. The placement of this lamp is particularly significant because of the special connection of this church to Fr. Paul. Born, Lewis Thomas Wattson, Fr. Paul was baptized at St. Clement’s.
The lamp stands in remembrance of this special connection as well as encouragement for others to pray for Fr. Paul’s special help. Just as the plaque that was the installed at St. Clement’s says, we can all pray “Father Paul, Servant of God, Ora Pro Nobis.”
For more information about Fr. Paul and his cause for canonization, visit the Father Paul of Graymoor Guild here.