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Newsletter, February 23, 2017

Lent – Pancakes and ashes – keeping a holy Lent – Ash Wednesday services – Lenten book study – Lenten Quiet day – Carbon fast – Nuit blanche programme – Oasis concert – Pain partage et prière – book group – capital campaign gift – Donald – Diverson links – Diocesan media platforms – Trinity farewell service – TS Eliot

Dear Friend of the Cathedral

We have a wonderful week coming up, starting with the Feast of the Transfiguration this Sunday and continuing with Shrove Tuesday and our annual pancake supper, closely followed by Ash Wednesday, beginning 40 days of Lent – and on Saturday, March 4 the secular celebration of Nuit blanche à Montréal.

On Facebook Jean Daniel posted the question “What are you giving up for Lent?” At least one person answered with another question, “What are you adding during Lent?” I’m planning to add attendance at evensong at least once a week and also to participate in the cathedral’s Lenten offerings described below. What ideas do you have?

  • Shrove Tuesday, the last time Alleluia will be spoken or sung in Church until it returns at the Great Easter Vigil on the Saturday before Easter Sunday. There will be services at the usual times. The pancake supper starts at at 6pm in Fulford Hall. Cost $5 per person or per family. Cash bar.
  • On Ash Wednesday, March 1, there will be three Eucharists with imposition of ashes: A said Eucharist at 7:30 am when Jen Bourque will celebrate and Jean-Jacques will preach, Choral Eucharist at 12:15 pm with Amy celebrating and Jean-Jacques preaching and another Choral Eucharist at 7:30 pm, again with Amy and Jean-Jacques. The choir will sing Psalm 51, Miserere, in the glorious version by Gregorio Allegri.
  • There will be a Lenten book study led by Gideon Strauss, Associate Professor of Worldview Studies at the Institute for Christian Studies (Toronto), on Sundays March 12, 19, 26 and April 2 from 12:30 to 2 pm. The book, Dethroning Mammon by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is now available. You can buy your copy from Jane Aitkens for $20 on Sunday.

As a child, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, experienced the anxieties and indignities that come from a lack of money, having to sneak away at night from apartments when his family was not able to pay the rent. Much later, as a financial executive in the energy industry, he learned the power and possibilities that come with access to wealth. In his 2017 Lent Book, Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace, he brings these experiences, along with acute theological insight and a depth of pastoral experience, to bear on exploring the meaning of Lent.

  • Episkopé is organising a quiet day “Holy Longing” in Fulford Hall on March 25, from 9:30am to 4 pm. It will be a mid-Lent Saturday refreshment with simple liturgies and meeditations in both English and French, led by members of our own pastoral team. Registration forms will be available from this Sunday. You can also call the Cathedral office to express interest.
  • Jeffrey Mackie has suggested another Lent discipline, one which some of you might remember from SJAG meetings a couple of years ago, a Lenten Carbon Fast. Follow this link to find out more  Green Anglicans – Carbon Fast Lent 2017 The site proposes that people take action to reduce the actions which damage God’s creation. Each week there is a theme with suggested actions and a prayer for each day. You can download the calendar of suggestions by using one of these links. There are lots of challenging ideas to ponder and perhaps implement at home.

Find PDF version HERE  

USA/Canada  Letter format   HERE

USA/Canada  Tabloid format HERE 

Now for some non-Lent activities

  1. Nuit blanche Saturday, March 4, 6 – 1:30 am. The poster for this event is attached. Please share it with your friends and take a look at the programme. We start at 6 with a showing of an NFB movie made in 1965 by Donald Brittain and Don Owen, Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr Leonard Cohen. It’s fascinating to watch Leonard Cohen walking around Montreal visiting his old haunts and talking about his dreams. The six o’clock showing will have sound. The movie will be repeated all evening, but usually with the sound turned off. There are French sub-titles

We are thrilled to have two choirs each singing 3 short concerts. Diverson will sing gospel music. I don’t know what the Chœur Gai will sing, but they are always very entertaining. The times are on the poster. Our organists will also be playing between the choir concerts and the evening will finish with jazz played by young McGill jazz performance musicians. We also have displays about the cathedral in the sixties and about bicycling in Montreal – and don’t forget the free fair trade hot chocolate. A very important part of the evening is the twenty minute service of compline, sung to Gregorian chant, starting at 10:45. Please come of you can. It’s an important reminder to our visitors that we are a worshipping community. We will have material about Cathedral activities on display. If you have something you’d like to include please talk to me, as soon as possible.

  1. This Saturday the Oasis concert at 4:30 presents the HATO Piano Duo, Tomoko Inui & Haruyo Yoshino-Platt, performing piano music of Bizet, Albeniz, Scirabin, Piazzolla and Schubert. For details


  1. On Sunday Pain, partage et prière : The French sharing and bible study group will meet at 2:00 p.m. in the Hollis Lounge. Raconte-nous l’histoire de ta vie

The Book Group was delighted to welcome some new members at our last meeting. The next meeting will be on March 26 when we will talk about Little Bee by Chris Cleave. Thanks to Westmount Library’s “Books in a Bag” scheme we have one free book for someone to borrow. Speak to Ann for the book and Helen for the location of the meeting

Capital Campaign News    We have just received a gift of $50 000

Donald continues to recover slowly. The pain has gone, but he gets tired easily. He has progressed to being able to practise going up and down stairs. He is in good spirits – it was lovely to have him preach by proxy last week. Thank you to Louis for reading Donald’s sermon so well.

Reminder of Pastoral emergency number:  For pastoral emergencies that happen after office hours and on weekends please call 514 608 1754. This will connect you to a cell phone that will be with a member of the clergy team. Please use only for emergencies.

More links to follow, this time from Diverson, the choir singing here for Nuit blanche : Veuillez noter qu’après la conférence de presse de lundi et lorsque la publication a été affichée sur le site de Montréal en lumière, nous avons publiée l’information sur notre site internet (, notre page facebook (, de même que sur la page des concerts de l’Alliance chorale du Québec (, plusieurs personnes ont partagé la publication.

News from the Diocese

  1. Nicki Hronjak informs us that the Anglican Diocese of Montreal is proud to be active and engaged on line and with various social media platforms and they need our help! Please see the attached copy of Nicki’s letter which contains links to their various media accounts where we can like, comment, share etc.
  2. Sadly, Trinity Memorial Church in NDG is closing its doors on Febuary 26th. Bishop Mary will celebrate the final Eucharist at 4pm with Deacon Rev Stanley Brooks preaching. There will be a Brass Quartet with a massed choir comprised of multiple church choirs, community choirs and friends of Trinity.You are invited to attend the farewell.

Ash Wednesday , a poem by TS Eliot

A great poem to challenge us as Lent begins. The poem ends:

Blessed sister, holy mother, spirit of the fountain, spirit of the garden,
Suffer us not to mock ourselves with falsehood
Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still
Even among these rocks,
Our peace in His will
And even among these rocks
Sister, mother
And spirit of the river, spirit of the sea,
Suffer me not to be separated

And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let’s take a deep breath and welcome Lent.

Ann Elbourne


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