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Chants Sacrés et Profanes: A Celebration of Canadian Music - see program below

On Sunday, May 14, at 2 pm, St. Matthew’s will present a concert celebrating Canadian compositions, including one believed to be more than 300-years old.

The men and boys’ choir and the women and girls’ choir will be directed by St. Matthew’s director of music Kirkland Adsett. Entitled “Chants Sacrés et Profanes: A Celebration of Canadian Music”, the concert will include secular and Christian choral music. No tickets will be sold for the concert but donations will be gladly accepted.

“It seemed the appropriate year to do a Canadian music concert because of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation,” says Mr. Adsett, who selected the music. “The concert is extremely varied from what we believe to be the earliest Canadian choral composition to Murray Schafer’s ‘Gamelan’. It is also a great time to sing some Canadian folk songs.”

The concert will open with “Magnus Dominus” thought to be written around 1700 in Annapolis Royal, an early French settlement in Nova Scotia. It is written in the grand French Baroque style. In contrast, Schafer’s work, which sounds like the peeling of bells, is avant-garde.

Other sacred works include “The Lamb” by composer Robert Frederick Jones, who taught at Montreal’s Vanier College, “Rise up my Love” by Healey Willan, and Barrie Cabena’s haunting “Prayer of St. Francis”.

Audiences will tap their toes to Quebec composer Donald Patriquin’s spirited “Voulait danser” and Wade Hemsworth’s “The Log Driver’s Waltz”. Other songs includes Alister MacGillivray’s melodious “Away from the Roll of the Sea”, Mark Sirett’s “Un Canadien Errant”, and jazz great’s Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom”.

The choir will sing a piece by Rupert Lang, musical director of Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral. Last year they sang his stunning “Kontakion” and this year will perform the “Sanctus” and “Agnus Dei” from his Bell Mass as well as “Earth Teach Me”, a secular work.

Other works include Eleanor Daley’s emotive “Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep” and her folksong “She’s Like the Swallow”, as well as Adsett’s own composition “In Flanders Fields”.

Appropriately, the concert will conclude with the new version of “The Maple Leaf Forever”, “God Save the Queen” and “O Canada”.




Magnus Dominus  -  Anon.

The Lamb  - Robert Jones

Rise up my Love -  Healey Willan

Prayer of St Francis - Barrie Cabena

Sanctus and Agnus Dei -from the Bell Mass -  Rupert Lang

In Flanders Fields - Kirkland Adsett

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep - from Requiem - Eleanor Daley

Profane (non secular):

Earth Teach Me - Rupert Lang

Ah, si mon moine voulait danser -  arr. Donald Patriquin

Un Canadien Errant  - arr. Mark Sirett

She's Like the Swallow  - arr. Eleanor Daley

Away from the Roll of the Sea  -  Alister MacGillivray

The Log Driver's Waltz -  Soloist: Holly Ralph-Ormsby -  Wade Hemsworth                                      

Hymn to Freedom  - Oscar Peterson

The Maple Leaf Forever  - Muir, arr. Smail

God save the Queen - arr. Ernest MacMillan

O Canada - Calixa Lavallée


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A few words concerning Lent from the Rector.

Dear Friends, the holy season is upon us!

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Turning Around

compassLent is the time when we follow our Lord Jesus Christ through the Paschal Mystery, the great Passover from death to life. We are invited to “turn around”, which is the meaning of “repent”. Returning to the one defining relationship of our lives, where we find our personhood, our very being. The relationship we commit to in the covenant of baptism. It is said that every time we repent it is a second baptism, a return to the waters, a return to the relationship we sometimes turn away from, but which God is always steadfastly faithful.

A number of us are making an intentional journey of return in community this Lent. You too are invited to make an observance, or sacrifice from Ash Wednesday through to The Great Vigil of Easter, with the option of breaking your “fast” on Sundays (as Sunday is always Easter Sunday!) Abstaining or fasting is not about laying aside bad things, or to punish ourselves, rather, we lay aside something good for something better. This is an opportunity to exercise our great spiritual gift of the will to reorient our choosing to where it is rightly ordered, from death to life.



wash handsThe corporate expression of our “turning around” will be the rite of confession and absolution at the beginning of the Sunday liturgy along with the ancient rite of sprinkling with Holy Water called “asperges.” As the Presider sprinkles the altar and the assembly with the holy water, we will chant the 51st Psalm:

Thou shalt purge me O Lord with Hyssop and I shall be clean,

Thou shalt wash me and I shall be whiter than snow


Beyond mere symbol, water is the building block of all life. When the community blesses water, as we did at the Baptism of the Lord, we are naming water and giving it its true identity – filled with the divine outpouring of God’s life. Water represents the great Passover of our ancestors from slavery to freedom, the Passover of Jesus from tomb to resurrection, and our Passover in Baptism from death to life. Receiving the sprinkling of water is another incarnational engagement of the senses where we are called again beyond the mere reasoning mind to the mystery of love crucified and the unfathomable mercy of God that is always pouring into our lives.

Crucifiction scene LentThe Altar

As promised, we will worship at the high altar through Lent and Easter, the nave altar will be returned at Pentecost. We continue to discern.


Holy Week and The Triduum

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday through to the Easter Vigil and the celebration of Resurrection. We will have Holy Eucharist each day as well as a service of the way of the Cross.

The Three Great Days -- Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Great Vigil of Easter were originally one great festival of baptism. As per the ancient custom the day begins at sundown. So Friday begins with “Maundy Thursday,” the night before he died, we will gather in the upper room at table and follow Jesus in washing one another’s feet. On Friday we follow him to the cross. On Saturday we wait in unbearable silence as He descends to the dead. And on the third day, beginning at sundown on Saturday we hear again the great Passover story and follow Him as he bursts from the tomb, we baptize and Easter is proclaimed!

We enact the story, that we might become the story.



Water Justice LentThis year we are hosting the Trinity Institute March 22-24 in the theme of Water Justice. We will be drawing on the theme of water not just when we asperge but will be a theme for us through-out Lent. From the World Council of Churches website:

“Access to safe water and, even more, access to improved adequate sanitation is a major challenge in the world. Even after the declaration of water and sanitation as a human rights issue, today around 750 million people do not have access to safe drinking water, while close to 2 billion people have to drink contaminated water, and around 2.4 billion people (1 in every 3) do not have access to adequate and improved sanitation facilities.. . .. Thousands of children die every day due to consumption of contaminated water and poor sanitation facilities.”

You may wish to engage in a reflection on water and social justice and “Seven Weeks for Water” drawing on the following resources:


Rite of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a profound pastoral encounter with Grace as we give up our burdens, our sins, our brokenness to God. In acknowledging our need for God, the Priest bears witness and affirms the forgiveness freely offered through Christ to those who turn to Him.

Forgiven LentGrace is not something we can receive more of, everything is already given; rather, we must learn to consent and receive it. Feelings of resentment, guilt, fear, shame, anger are like psychological toxins that fill and harden our hearts. By emptying ourselves and turning towards ‘He who loved us first,’ we are participating in the divine dance of consent and self-giving – returning to the font and liberating ourselves to the Truth of our Divine Inheritance.

See: The Book of Alternative Services, page 166.

The Sacrament is available by appointment with the either myself or the Reverend Kevin Flynn and especially on Holy Saturday April 15th.


Prayer & Study

Upturned hands LentLent is an opportunity to carve out some time in our busy schedules to make room for reflection and nurturing our relationship with God. “God’s first language is silence,” says Thomas Keating, “and everything else is a bad translation!” You might learn a method of prayer such as Centering Prayer or Christian Mediation or Prayer of Humble Regard, or just spend some time in intentional quiet once or twice a day for a given period of time – 10 to 20 minutes, eyes closed, and just be present to God beyond thought, word or idea. Some folks find it helpful to attend to the breath. You might also commit to a daily praying of the Office – Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer can be found in our BAS. You might engage with some prayerful reading of Scripture possibly in the way of Lectio Divina. If you would like some help in developing any of these practices, please speak to me.

If you are interested in joining the community on its Lenten journey of Chrsitianity 101: Becoming the Story We Tell, you can find more information here:



You may find these to be helpful resources as well:

Contemplative Outreach has a number of online courses and retreats

Society of St John the Evangelist has a Lenten program “5 Marks of Love”:


Finally: A couple of good books for Lent:

David Bentley Hart The Doors of the Sea: Where was God in the Tsunami?

Martin L. Smith          Reconciliation: Preparing for Confession in the Episcopal Church

Ilia Delio                     Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness

Cynthia Bourgeault   The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice


Wishing you all a Holy Lent,

Gregor +

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