The Philadelphia Inquirer reports how a congregation is fulfilling their rector's dream to sing the National Anthem at a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game.
It began at a Havertown sushi bar, where he confessed his dream to a parishioner. Then, last November, his adoring congregation celebrated his 10th anniversary as rector of St. David's Episcopal Church in Wayne by surprising him with the chance to realize his dream.
Tonight at Citizens Bank Park, before the Phillies match bats with the Atlanta Braves, the Rev. Frank Allen's dream will come true when he sings the national anthem.
"I couldn't be more thrilled," says Allen. "I'm very patriotic and I'm a baseball nut."
On hand will be more than 1,100 members of his flock, who are "going to be making a joyful noise," predicts Glenn Porter, a St. David's congregant. "When was the last time 1,100 Episcopalians gathered in public? We're not a showy bunch.".
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