Holy Week 2018


The Christian life has often been compared to a pilgrimage, a dedicated journey to a place of encounter with God. The Church, through her liturgy, overshadowed by the power of God the Holy Spirit, seeks to open a door for the people of God to enter the Divine Presence.

The ancient liturgies of Holy Week are themselves the result of 4th and 5th century pilgrimages to the Holy Land. These traditional liturgies are the most unusual and vivid of the Christian year, and for the great majority of the world’s Christians mark a period of intense spiritual awareness and devotion.

We enter this time “not only with our hearts and minds, but with our feet as we make procession along with Jesus and his other disciples from Bethany to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, from the Upper Room to the Mount of Olives on Maundy Thursday, from the Judgment Hall to the hill of Calvary on Good Friday, to the tomb in the garden on Holy Saturday and finally to that moment in the heart and silence of God the Father when the Resurrection of his only begotten Son became a reality in time and place”. (G. Furry)

I extend a warm and fervent invitation to everyone as we come together as a parish family to celebrate the mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection, not as spectators, or as those remembering something that happened “long ago in a land far, far, away…”, but as participants

“Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us, therefore let us keep the feast! (1 Cor. 5, 7)

Yours in faith and love,

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Lenten Mission: Refreshing Christian faith for the Wary and the Weary with guest missioner, Steve Bell at St. Luke’s Anglican Church (3233 Argyle Ave), February 23/24. Steve writes,

I have put together four sessions that explore the fertile tradition and spirituality of a Trinitarian faith, navigating a pattern of corporate worship based on Isaiah 6:19 in tandem with the Christian calendar year, the Hebrew psalms, and the ancient prayers of the church. Join me for a time of story, song and teaching. It will be light-hearted, fun, and thoughtfully nourishing.

Please speak to Claude or Yvonne in the office for the coupon code, then register online at www.stevebell.com/journey-retreat.

Advent and Christmas at St. Mary’s

Advent Prayer Vigil

Saturday, December 2, 12.00 – 5.00 pm.
An afternoon of prayer and silence including a series of reflections on the theme “My House Shall be called a house of prayer” (Matt. 21.13}. We will begin with Holy Communion and end with an Advent Antiphon Service.

Fridays in Advent

December 8, 15, 22 from 5.45 pm. – 8.00 pm.
This intergenerational gathering will be begin with a hot and hearty meal, and will be followed by opportunity for book study, baking, music making, crafts, to conclude with Family Compline Service of Light and Peace.

St. Nicholas’ Day Celebration

Saturday, December 9 3.30 pm. – 6.30 pm.
An afternoon of tea, snacks, visiting, activities to include packing baskets for Women of the Dawn Counseling Centre Project Kid Care, blessing the baskets, worship, and a visit from St. Nicholas. You are invited to bring a gift of toys, books, or clothing for a child between the age of 3 and 15 for the Women of the Dawn Kid Care Project. An event for adults and children of all ages. Invite your family, friends and neighbours.

Advent and Christmas Worship

Dec 3, First Sunday in Advent

10.00 am. Morning Prayer
10.30 am. Holy Communion

Dec 10, Second Sunday in Advent

10.00 am. Morning Prayer
10.30 Holy Communion

Dec 17, Third Sunday in Advent

10.00 am. Morning Prayer
10.30 am. Holy Communion

Dec 24, Fourth Sunday in Advent/Christmast Eve

10.30 am. Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas
7.00 pm. Festal Holy Communion for Christmas

Dec 25, Christmas Day

10.30 am. Holy Communion

Dec 31, First Sunday after Christmas

10.00 am. Morning Prayer
10.30 am. Holy Communion

Lord Jesus, You have come so many times and found no resting place;
forgive us our overcrowded lives, our vain haste, and our preoccupation with self.

Come again, 0 Lord, and though our hearts are a jumble of voices and our minds overlaid with many fears, find a place however humble, where You can begin to work Your wonder as You create peace and joy within us. If in some hidden corner, in some out-of- the-way-spot, we can clear away the clutter and shut out the noise and darkness, come again and be born in us, and we shall kneel in perfect peace with the wisest and humblest of men.

Help us enter into this Advent with humility yet with You. And finally, Lord, give us Christmas from within that we may share it without, on all sides, all around us, wherever there is need.

God help us, every one, to share the blessings of Jesus in Whose Name we keep Christmas holy. Amen

The Feast of All Saints

From the Rector’s Desk…

The Feast of All Saints, which falls on Nov. 1 in our calendar,  has been observed in Eastern Christianity since the fourth century. It was established in the West when the Pantheon in Rome was consecrated in A.D. 609 and dedicated to the Blessèd Virgin Mary and all the martyrs.

There was a saying that made the round in the early church: “The Blood of the Martyrs is the seed of the Church” The Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible, shows us how acutely aware the early Church was, under persecution, of the presence and prayers of those who had given their lives in witness to the gospel. (Revelation 6. 9-11) Over time, the Feast of All Saints became the occasion for commemorating and celebrating the witness of so many holy men and women whose manner of life truly conformed to the life of the Gospel, and in whom the power of Jesus’ Resurrection was extraordinarily manifest.

Why remember the saints? In a word, this belongs to the fullness of the catholic faith.

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Courageous Grandparenting

COURAGEOUS GRANDPARENTING SMALL GROUP STUDY at St. Mary’s. Grandparents are an important spiritual influence for the next generation. Through a five session study we invite you to learn more about living out your Biblical role as grandparents. We will look into such topics as: Passing on your legacy; Understanding the culture our grandchildren are growing up in; The importance of the spoken blessing over your family; Untangling the digital world; and Stepping into all that God has for you as a grandparent.

Bring your bag lunch and join us in the lower church hall beginning Sunday, October @ 12 noon. Sessions will be held every other Sunday.