The Dean’s Christmas Letter

Cathedrals are growing – and Christ Church Cathedral is growing too.    “Cathedrals offer place of peace and prayer in busy lives”  And many people do love Christ Church Cathedral – for many and diverse reasons. Some have family connections here going back over generations. Some love the simple spirituality...

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Week of December 11

When I think of celebrating Christmas I think of lights and music. We have an abundance of both at the Cathedral, starting with the Sing-Along Messiah this Saturday at 4:30. Come to sing or come to listen while Patrick Wedd conducts well-known soloists, a skilled orchestra of McGill music students...

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The Joy of Giving

The joy of giving (and the misery of stinginess) is celebrated in sentimental stories like A Christmas Carol and Gift of the Magi, and reflected upon in sermons and yes, our Wardens’ recent Christmas letter, too. At this time of year it is traditional to review what we give for...

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Thoughts for Tuesday Evening

Beth Adams, who leads Contemplative Prayer twice a month, reflects in this essay (adapted from her remarks preceding the meditation on November 25) about the setting and the changes the seasons bring.  Everyone is welcome to explore different varieties of contemplative prayer, Tuesdays at 5:45 in the Cathedral.  

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Le pèlerinage de l’Avent

Lorsque je pense à l’Avent, l’image d’un pèlerinage me vient souvent en tête. Nous marchons vers Bethléem, vers cet enfant-Dieu si longtemps désiré. En cette courte période d’attente et d’espoir—seulement quatre semaines—nous devons nous préparer à l’accueillir, un peu comme de nouveaux parents qui attendent impatiemment l’arrivée de leur nouveau-né....

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Week of December 3

Saturday 6th December 4:30pm « Dans la lune de l’hiver  – Musique pour la saison». A celebration of seasonal music, presented by members and friends of the cathedral, including special guests Lucie Mayer & Soleil Dion (Vocal 4 Venture),  the horn quartet ‘CORtet’ with James Roberts, Shayna Palevsky & Jonathan...

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Watching and Waiting

by Rhonda Waters, Associate Priest Advent is my favourite season of the church year. I love the themes of hope and light, the way the promise of Christ and the promise of the Kingdom intertwine, the way that past becomes present becomes future. Perhaps most of all, I love the...

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Spiritual Practice: Take Time To Review

For Christians, Advent begins a new year. At the start, a prayerful, honest review can be transformative. Take a moment to reflect, in God’s light, on the last 12 months—you can decide to focus on your personal situation your community, or your world. The Examen prayer is traditional—you can make...

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Week of November 26

We were excited to learn last week that our exciting and ambitious programme for La Nuit blanche à Montreal (February 28) has been accepted by the organisers. One of our planned events is an exhibition of art and photography when we hope to show off the creative talents of our...

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La lumière viendra * The light will come

by Paul Kennington, Dean The Cathedral has become a darker place – literally, not spiritually! Four of our stained glass windows have been removed for repair and the holes they have left behind have been boarded up. Our windows are particularly lovely and 80% of the work is being funded...

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