On Sunday January 26 our community celebrated our 3rd annual Feast of St. Lydia with an Episcopal Mass. This was the first year we celebrated this feast at Lydia’s House, choosing a more intimate gathering of around 40 beloved friends and supporters. The Mass included songs lead by Lydia’s House Pastoral Associate Grace Marshall and Floral House member Brianna Kelly and we were excited to welcome Dean Gail Greenwell from Christ Cathedral of Cincinnati to preside over the Mass. Dean Greenwell offered a homily reflecting on the hospitality of St. Lydia. She recognized that though not much is recounted on St. Lydia in scripture, her hospitality shown to Paul and other disciples is of great importance and an example that all of us can mimic as we seek to extend the hand of Jesus to those in need. This was such a sobering reminder as we worshiped together in our home of hospitality and hope. After the mass attendants were encouraged to cross the street to be among some of the first guests at the Jean Donovan House, currently under rehabilitation, to take a self-guided tour and write prayers on the walls for those who one day will call it home.
We were humbled to join with so many who share our vision of hospitality as we remembered the shining example of St. Lydia and look forward to the hope of the Donovan House.