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Lent Study Group 2015 – Life of St Mary of Egypt: The Beauty of Holiness

February 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

5:30 pm        Evening Prayer and Holy Communion

6:15 pm        Supper

7-8pm           Study, conducted by the Rector

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St Mary of Egypt was one of the most revered saints of the early medieval Church. In the eastern Christian tradition, the Fifth Sunday in Lent is dedicated to her life and example. Consumed by carnal addictions as a young woman, St Mary eventually journeyed to Jerusalem with a band of pilgrims and underwent a profound conversion. Afterwards, she moved into the desert as part of a massive exodus from the cities of the ancient world into desert monasteries and hermitages. She lived there for close to fifty years, before meeting Father Zosimas and recounting the extraordinary story of her life. Together we will read her biography and discuss the ‘beauty of holiness’. We will also have occasion to consider from time to time ikons of St Mary, the liturgical texts devoted to her Feast Day, and the contemporary opera by Sir John Taverner, St Mary of Egypt.

*Please note that there is no study session on March 25. Holy Communion for the Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated this day at 6pm. Preacher: Father Gary Thorne

Lent at Saint George’s

February 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Weeknight Series

This year, we have a series based on Lenten poetry, meeting on a weeknight during Lent.  Two of the sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings and two on Tuesday evenings.  Everyone is encouraged to attend all the sessions if able to do so, but if you are not free on Tuesday evenings, you are encouraged to come to the Wednesday evening sessions and vice versa.

The fourth and final session will take place on Wednesday, April 9th, following the usual pattern, and will be led by Daniel Watson.  At this session, we will consider “Rúnatal” from the Elder Edda, William Blake’s “The Tyger” and T.S. Eliot’s East Coker: III.  All are welcome to attend.

 

Epiphany Study Group: Faith, Hope, and Poetry

January 20, 2014 at 10:21 am

This is the season of Epiphany, the time in our church year when we focus on the mystery of God’s self-manifestation – on the Good News that “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

But what is “truth”, and how can we possibly know it? Is it accessible to reasoning alone? Or does imagination – and the arts that stimulate and give expression to imagination, such as poetry – have an essential role to play, without which our thinking becomes imbalanced and misses the mark?

This study group will seek answers by examining poems that span the history of English poetry, as they are opened up for us by the brilliantly insightful Anglican theologian, poet and musician, Malcolm Guite, in his book, Faith, Hope and Poetry.

This study is not just for lovers of poetry! It is also for those who have never been attracted to poetry because they find it intimidating, puzzling, or simply irrelevant.

We meet on Thursdays at 7:30 pm, beginning January 16, at the home of Barbara and Stan Armstrong. If you would like to participate, please contact the Parish Office for more information.

Advent Study Groups for 2013

November 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Sunday mornings – 9:30am in the Sunday School Room

Beginning on the Sunday Next Before Advent, November 24th, and running each Sunday until Advent IV, December 22nd, Nicholas Hatt and Benjamin Lee are conducting brief sessions based on a series of Advent Meditations that were originally given by Dr. Robert Crouse.  This series follows the Prayer Book readings for the Sundays in Advent and helps to unfold the development of these lessons week by week.

 

Wednesday evenings – 5:30pm Evensong, supper, and talk

If you are able to assist by bringing food to share, please let Susan Harris know at susan.susanharris@gmail.com or speak with her after church.  We serve only cold food, so no one has to hover over a hot pot instead of attending Evening Prayer, or attend to cleanup whilst the rest of us are attending the sessions.

Wednesday, December 4th – a session led by Father Purchase: The article in the Apostles’ Creed – “From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead” expresses two beliefs: the Second Coming of Christ, and the belief that He is coming in judgement. For the early Church, the Second Coming and the fact of Judgement were integral parts of their proclamation.  On Dec. 4th, we will look at these two beliefs and also ask ourselves “On what can I expect to be judged?

Wednesday, December 11tha session led by Garth MacPhee:  Amidst the noise and clamour of commercial Christmas, Advent music speaks of lamentation, deep longing, penitence and holy mystery. This session will focus on the liturgical music of the season: The ‘O Antiphons’; The Advent Prose ‘Rorate coeli’; and plainsong hymns such as ‘Creator of the starry height’ and ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’.   Please come, ready to sing as well as reflect on this beautiful music.

Wednesday, December 18th – a session led by Sue Zinck:  This session will be based on a video of Advent Reflections by The Most Reverend Rowan Williams.  Rowan Williams was Archbishop of Canterbury from December 2002 to December 2012. He is a theologian and poet, as well as a bishop of the Church. He spent much of his earlier career as an academic at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford successively. After stepping down as Archbishop of Canterbury, he took up the position of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.  Following Evening Prayer and Supper, we will watch the video and a discussion will follow.

Atlantic Theological Conference 2013

June 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Atlantic Theological Conference 2013: “The Biblical Job: Comfort, Righteousness, Holiness”
Dates: June 23 to 26, 2013
Location: Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton, NB
Papers will include such topics as “The righteousness of Job-What makes Job righteous and his friends not?” (The challenge of the Comforters and God’s answer from the whirlwind); “The literary history of Job: From Augustine to Northrop Frye”; and “Job and Holiness: What the tradition makes of Job, and taking Job into the future.”
Speakers this year will include Dr Danielle Layne, Assistant Professor of Literature and Philosophy at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia; The Rev’d Christopher Snook, Rector of St. Luke’s in Regina and former Tutor in the Foundation Programme at King’s College; The Rev’d Dr Thomas Curran, Associate Professor of Humanities at King’s College; and The Rev’d Dr Lisa Wang of St. James Cathedral in Toronto and former chaplain at the University of Alberta.

Spring Retreat 2013

April 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm

The Spring Retreat will be held April 26-28, 2013 at Covenant Place Centre in Chezzetcook, N.S. Covenant Place is a former convent, located on the shores of Chezzetcook Bay, and will offer a peaceful and beautiful environment for our weekend. Father Westhaver will share some of his work on E. B. Pusey’s understanding of the interpretation of the Bible as a kind of sacramental reading that encourages growth in Christ.
The cost will be $115 per person, including breakfast Saturday and Sunday. We will be responsible for organizing two lunches and a dinner, so you may be asked to bring something to share. Space is limited, so kindly contact Tracy vom Hagen as soon as possible, if you are interested (tracydemmons@gmail.com). Day visitors to the retreat are also most welcome. We hope to ride share as much as possible, so please indicate if you can offer a seat or require transport.