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Way of Life
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
St Matthew's is a baptizing community and there is nothing more meaningful to us than to make vows before God with those being baptized. As the Body of Christ, we commit to one another and to God in sharing our lives together; lives marked by participating in, and becoming, the Eucharist, patterning our lives after Jesus Christ, and serving the world God loves.
We're so pleased you are seeking Baptism for yourself or your child! Baptism is your promise, supported by your family, friends and the entire congregation, based on your faith and membership in the church, to raise your child to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ or to be a faithful follower yourself.
We're committed to helping you prepare for Baptism so that it's a meaningful experience and the beginning of a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ.
What is Baptism?
In Baptism we ritually die to the "human condition" that ensnares us and are reborn in Christ, consecrated by the Holy Spirit. We make renunciations and promises to allow our lives to be reformed in Christ. We are restored into the image and likeness we are created to be, an intention in the heart of God that is realized and fulfilled with all the Saints at the end of time. The life of the baptized, fed by the Eucharist, is a lifelong journey of conversion and transformation.
Baptism is the accepting of our inheritance as children of God. Like any journey of great significance, the road to Baptism takes time. Practically speaking, you'll want to plan ahead, allowing 6-9 months for the following steps to unfold:
Get the Ball Rolling!
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Second step: We invite you to spend some time worshipping with us regularly for 3 to 6 months. This helps you form a solid basis for the promises you will make at Baptism. Then, in conversation with the Rector, you decide whether you are ready to make the commitment of Baptism. If so, you become a candidate, and a period of intentional formation begins.
Third step: In discernment with the Rector, the candidate becomes a "catechumen" and a parish sponsor is assigned. The sponsor agrees to walk with you during your formation and will present you for Baptism. That usually happens at the Sunday of the Transfiguration, the Sunday before Ash Wednesday.
Fourth step. Following Ash Wednesday, you will participate in five weeks of experiential formation through Lent including
Fifth step: You will join the community in the great Passover consisting of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Great Vigil of Easter where the Baptismal Rite takes place (some provision can be made to baptize on the Sunday following Easter for infants). The Sunday following Easter you will participate in serving the Holy Eucharist where you are formally welcomed into the community.
The newly baptized also participates in final session of reflection on the experience of baptism called "mystagogy" and prepares for Pentecost.
We hope you find baptism to be as exciting a journey as we do! Please pray for us and all those seeking the light of faith.
In Baptism, we are invited into a 'rebirth,' to refocus our life together around the defining moment in the Christian story: the life, death and resurrection of our Lord. As we say to those newly baptized, "We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood."
St Matthew's is building a program of life-long baptismal formation. Beginning in March, 2017, you will be able to explore a series called Christianity 101 drawing on:
In this experiential series, you and the other participants will break bread together, share and re-enter the deep drama at the heart of the biblical story. The journey is for
The program will begin on Ash Wednesday (March 1) and continue for the five following Monday evenings of Lent from 6-8 pm (March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3) and climaxing at the Great Triduum - Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Great Vigil of Easter (April 13-15). Participants will also be invited to gather on one more occasion to reflect on the experience and to prepare for Pentecost.