Ode to a Copier

Ode to a Copier
A Prayer for Holy Week

By the Rev. Tim Schenck

Holy Week, dear friends, will soon draw nigh;
From Trinity, Boston to All Saints’, Tenafly.

Parish secretaries and their rectors, too,
Thinking of the bulletins that will ensue,

Drop to their knees and begin to quake,
Praying their copiers will stay awake

Through Maundy Thursday and the rest;
Without behaving as if possessed.

Rectors wonder with uncertainty,
“Should I have purchased the extended warranty?”

Misfeeds, toner woes and a paper jam
Always seem to accompany the Paschal Lamb.

Why this happens is a great unknown,
A mystery worthy of the bishop’s throne.

So stoke the incense, say your prayers;
anything to stave off copier repairs.

As the dark shadows of Tenebrae now approach;
may your copier behave without reproach.

And as we begin the Good Friday fast,
May it wait ‘til Low Sunday to breathe its last.

2 Comments on “Ode to a Copier”

  1. Scott Gunn says:

    Hey, you posted this on the copier’s 50th birthday! Nicely done.


  2. Cori Pursell says:

    AHem, we too had many reservations about our old copier whom we called Bertha, she never liked what we fed her, nor was she willing to accomodate change. This Holy Week she has left and been replaced by a newer more competent gal with a hard drive to please. May we be blessed this week and in the years to come.

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