I didn't go to the St. Padre Pio Chapel Mass on Sunday to mark the Feast of the holy Franciscan. But my wife did.
It sounds like it was quite a spiritual adventure!
During the Mass, the deacon prepared some incense. He came out of the sacristy, clouds of scented smoke drifting up.
That's when the smoke detectors went off. The Chapel is also equipped with a sound system that bellows "Fire" when something is detected.
It took a while before anyone could figure out how to turn it off. Meanwhile, one poor woman, cowering behind the life-sized statue of St. Francis, started it wobbling, raising fears that it might fall.
Alarms off, the Mass continued. It's at that point that the gathered faithful heard the sounds of approaching sirens. Moments later, fully-equipped fire fighters hustled into the Chapel and up to the altar. A priest, a deacon, a choir, a large number of worshipers, and firefighters all mixed together.
I can't help but think Saints Pio and Francis were having a good laugh.
Pax et bonum