[Toronto, Church House]
A Canadian Anglican cleric has confessed to violating one of the ancient "canons of Nicea" in a recent church service.
"There I was kneeling for the prayers of the people, and someone popped up with several copies of JND Kelly's works, and copies of oddments in Greek and Latin and such", said the Rev. Wallace Smithers, rector of the resort-side parish of St. Cuthbert's. "Then they started talking about something called "canon XX" of the first council of Nicea. They started poking at my knees with a stick. It hurt a lot."
Church journalists have discovered that it was in fact one of the wardens (who wished to remain anonymous) who brought the violation to the attention of the rector. "See here, it says: 'Since there are some who kneel on Sunday and during the season of Pentecost, this holy synod decrees that, so that the same observances may be maintained in every diocese, one should offer one's prayers to the Lord standing'" proclaimed the warden.
"And it says right there that it's Canon XX. Of course, most Anglican priests don't go in for that sort of book-learning anymore. But I found it on the interwebs. And there he was, kneeling on a Sunday!"
It is unclear at this time as to what, if any, disciplinary action the priest will face.