Music isn't just central to the life of Christ Church Cathedral - it is at the heart of all our worship. It acts as an entry point for many who visit, unites our congregation in voice, and has formed a fundamental part of our outreach for decades. We recognise that, like us, music is an important part of worship for all in the Diocese of Montreal. However, we are aware that many churches are currently struggling to find ways of providing music that is appropriate, accessible, familiar, and personal in the current COVID-19 crisis. At the Cathedral we are lucky to have a full-time music department that has been working hard to find new and innovative ways of supporting music-making and outreach during this difficult time. While our music programme is entirely funded through the generosity of our parishioners, as the mother church of the Diocese, we recognise the wider-reaching scope of our work. As such, we are pleased to be able to offer Anglican Churches within our Diocese the opportunity to share in our music-making and the resources that are currently available to our own congregation, to enhance your own digital worship in this time of closure and separation.

At Christ Church we have followed a pattern of morning worship which includes two hymns (usually three verses in length), along with a hymn of praise (sometimes, though not always, a Gloria of sorts) and the psalm appointed for the day. NB Psalms are taken from the BAS translations and the Cathedral follows the alternative set of readings in weeks where these are appointed. All videos are provided with subtitles and a solo voice with organ accompaniment for guidance, and a bulletin insert with melody and music is also available. Most hymns are taken from Common Praise, though we enrich our worship with a variety of sources, many of which will be familiar to Canadian Anglican congregations.

In the drop-down sections below you will find details of the hymns that are available for each week. Hyperlinks for each week will take you to a Dropbox folder with the various resources available. Congregations are free to pick and choose from these to suit their needs best, although our music production is ongoing and so not all resources are available immediately so please check back regularly to see what new downloads are available. In some circumstances it might be possible to 'fast-track' the production of an individual item. If you wish to enquire about this possibility then please contact our Director of Religious Music, Dr Jonathan White, who will be able to advise you on the availability and timeline for any such request. Unfortunately, at present, we are unable to produce additional musical items on demand, though the Cathedral is happy to provide advice to individual parishes who are interested in producing their own materials in line with these.

While these resources are being made freely available to parishes in the Diocese of Montreal, they have not been produced to commercial standards and have been designed primarily to support worship. As such, we politely request that parishes only use these to enhance live, online worship, and that these should not be made more widely available for general purposes. The Cathedral music department will also be producing a number of musical outreach resources over the coming weeks and months to support liturgical music-making in the diocese, as well as private devotional practice, and so we would encourage you and your members to follow our social media platforms for more details on these offerings.

Although the music programme at the Cathedral is funded by and is primarily for the congregation of Christ Church, as mother church of the Diocese of Montreal, we also have an overarching responsibility to the wider liturgical musical life of our sister churches throughout the area. We recognise and understand that many congregations are currently struggling to provide music for their various worship services. Music is a core part of Anglican worship and we understand the pain that its absence causes for so many within our communities. As such, the Cathedral is pleased to make available to parishes a variety of musical resources that can be used each week to enhance your own worship. These are available in a series of video downloads that work well in Zoom meetings, but could also a part of other forms of digital worship depending on local circumstances. Should you, or anyone within your congregation, wish to make an offering to support the ongoing work of the music department then we would love to hear from you.

Please note that, while the Cathedral retains the intellectual property rights to the specific recordings which are being made freely available to Anglican parishes in the Diocese of Montreal, any parish who chooses to use these should ensure that they have the relevant licenses for reproducing copyright hymn material in bulletins AND the right to broadcast these on digital platforms. The Cathedral uses both CCLI and OneLicense for these purposes, but individual parishes should make their own provisions for ensuring that they do not expose themselves to suit for breach of copyright in using these. The Cathedral cannot accept liability for any losses suffered as a result of using these recordings. Please note that most if not all of these regulations also apply to parishes who might be using other resources found on YouTube, other recordings etc.

 

 

May 2020

Easter 4

  • I heard the voice of Jesus say
  • Glory in the highest glory
  • Psalm 23
  • The King of love my shepherd is

 

Easter 5

  • How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
  • Good Christians all rejoice and sing
  • Psalm 31
  • The church's one foundation

 

Easter 6

  • Jesus, where'er thy people meet
  • Lord you give the great commission
  • Psalm 66:7-18
  • O Jesus I have promised

 

Ascension

  • Hail the day that sees him rise
  • O Lord most high, eternal King
  • Psalm 93
  • Alleluia! Sing to Jesus

 

Pentecost

  • Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
  • O glorious day
  • Psalm 104:25-35, 37
  • Come down, O love divine
June 2020

Trinity Sunday

  • Holy, holy, holy
  • How shall I sing that majesty
  • Psalm 8
  • We have a gospel to proclaim

 

Pentecost 2

  • God, my hope on you is founded
  • O praise ye the Lord
  • All people that on earth do dwell (Psalm 100)
  • Love divine, all loves excelling

 

National Indigenous Day of Prayer

  • Come, Holy Ghost
  • All creatures of our God and King
  • Psalm 4
  • O Jesus, I have promised

 

Pentecost 4

  • O thou who camest from above
  • Glory in the highest glory
  • Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
  • Lord of all hopefulness
July 2020

Pentecost 5

  • How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
  • All creatures of our God and King
  • Psalm 145:8-15
  • O perfect love

 

Pentecost 6

  • Father of heaven, whose love profound
  • Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
  • Psalm 65:1-8, 9-14
  • How shall they hear the word of God

 

Pentecost 7

  • Awake, my soul, and with the sun
  • Holy God, we praise your name
  • Psalm 86:11-17
  • Immortal, invisible

 

Pentecost 8

  • God is working His purpose out
  • King of glory, King of peace
  • Psalm 119:129-136
  • The kingdom of God is justice and joy
August 2020

Pentecost 9

  • I come with joy
  • Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
  • Psalm 145:8-9, 15-22
  • Praise, my soul, the King of heaven

 

Pentecost 10

  • How shall they hear the word of God
  • Glory to God on high
  • Psalm 85:8-13
  • How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

 

Mary the Virgin

  • Shall we not love thee mother dear
  • Magnificat (sung by the Christ Church Cathedral Choir)
  • Psalm 132:6-10, 13-14
  • Sing we of the blessed mother

 

Pentecost 12

  • Through all the changing scenes of life
  • My God, how endless is your love
  • Psalm 138
  • All for Jesus

 

Pentecost 13

  • Jesus, where're thy people meet
  • O Jesus I have promised
  • Psalm 26:1-8
  • Brother, sister, let me serve you
September 2020

Pentecost 14

  • Your kingdom come, on bended knee
  • Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
  • Psalm 119:33-40
  • Ye holy angels bright

 

Holy Cross

  • When I survey the wondrous cross
  • All creatures of our God and King
  • Psalm 98:1-6
  • Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us

 

Pentecost 16

  • Teach me, my God and King
  • Holy God, we praise your name
  • Psalm 145:1-8
  • Glorious things of thee are spoken

 

Pentecost 17

  • We have a gospel to proclaim
  • All hail the power of Jesus' name
  • Psalm 25:1-8
  • Father hear the prayer we offer