Youll know youre an Episcopalian:
..when you watch Star Wars and they say "May the force be with you", you automatically reply "And also with you".
..if someone says, "Let us pray" and you automatically hit your knees.
..if you recognize your neighbor, or rector, in the local liquor store and go over to greet him/her
..if you have totally memorized Rite I, Rite II and the first three episodes of The Vicar of Dibley.
..if you know the difference between a surplice and a cotta...and the appropriate use of each.
..if hearing people pray in the language of "jesuswejus" makes you want to scream.
..if you might be an Episcopalian if words like: "vouchsafe", "oblation", "supplications", "succor", "bewail", "wherefore", "dost" and "very" (in its archaic sense) are familiar to you even if you dont have a clue that they mean.
..if you can rattle off such tongue twisters like: "..who made there by his one oblation of himself once offered a full and perfect sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the world" and "Wherefore, O, Lord and Heavenly Father, we thy people, do celebrate and make here, with these gifts which we offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make..." without missing a beat.
..if your choir director suggests discussing something over a beer after choir rehearsal.
..if you catch yourself genuflecting or bowing as you enter a row of seats in a theater.
..if you can pronounce "innumerable benefits procured to us by the same."
..if the word "Sewanee" puts a lump in your throat.
..if you ever find yourself saying, "Oh, but weve never done it that way before."
..if, when visiting a Catholic Church, you are the only Ah-men amongst a sea of Ai-mens
..if your covered dish for the potluck dinner is escargot in puff shells.
..if you know that a sursum corda is not a surgical procedure.
..if you dont think Agnus Dei is a woman.
..if your picnic basket has sterling knives and forks (entree, fish, salad and cake).
..if you know that the nave is not a playing card.
..if your friend said "Im truly sorry..." and you replied, "and you humbly repent?"
..if while watching the movie "The Madness of King George" youre able to recite with the King, when he undergoes "surgery," the Collect for Purity
..if you know that the Senior Warden and the Junior Warden are not positions in the local prison.
..if you think the most serious breach of propriety one can commit is failure to chill the salad forks.
..if you reach a point when youre not sure about anything theologically but you still feel completely at home at the altar rail and somehow know youre meeting God there, even though you cant begin to understand how.
And a Pope joke:
Pope John Paul II gets to heaven.
> St. Peter says, "Frankly, youre lucky to be here."
Pope John Paul II says, "Why? What did I do wrong on earth?"
St. Peter says, "God was very angry with your stance on women becoming priests."
Pope John Paul says, "Hes mad about THAT?"
St. Peter says, "Shes furious."