A New Year Begins

A new year is born. For some, the time has come to commit to resolutions, while for other people this is the beginning of expectations, expectation of a birth, of a fresh start, of a closure, of a change. Again, for others, continuity will prevail. Whatever our state of mind,...

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Week of January 7th

Christmas is over and the season of Epiphany has begun, but miraculously our organists and choir are still making beautiful music. You are all invited to the service of music and readings for Epiphany, this Sunday evening at 4 pm. It will be broadcast as usual by Radio Ville-Marie (91.3...

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What Do You Hear?

The holiday season bombards us with sounds both sacred and secular, with scriptures so familiar that hearing them fresh is a challenge, and with old and perhaps unconscious scripts of what family and gifts mean to us. Perhaps you saw or spoke to friends and family members, people you don’t...

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Christmas is for those who fear

Forget “Merry Christmas” – a more appropriate holiday greeting is “Be not afraid” (perhaps the response could be “Thank you. Nor you”)  Not only would this better capture the tone of the Christmas story, echoing the angel’s greetings to Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds, it would better address the emotional...

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Week of December 17

The shepherds sing; and shall I silent be? My God, no hymn for Thee? The beginning of this Christmas poem by George Herbert is a call to join in the joyful worship of our new-born Saviour and with “all our powers out-sing the daylight hours.” We are so lucky here...

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