Lent at Saint George’s

February 19, 2017 at 7:00 am

Quiet Day at the King’s College Chapel

Dr. Susan Dodd will be conducting a Quiet Day at the King’s Chapel on March 4th, the first Saturday in Lent, the subject of which is “forgiveness, justice, and the scandal of liberation through suffering in Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment.” The Quiet Day will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. The preferred edition to read (with the featured section being Part 5, Chapter 4) is Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment, (New York: Penguin. Translation by Oliver Ready, 2014) and the preferred filmed edition is the BBC version.  Parishioners of St. George’s are cordially invited to attend.  More information, including the schedule for the day, will be made available closer to the time.


Lenten Church Music Series

Garth MacPhee will offer a three-week series on the Church Music of Lent on Tuesday evenings: March 14th, 21st, and 28th.  We will begin with 5:30 Evensong in the church, followed by soup and fellowship in the main (upper) hall at 6 and we will then return to the church for the lecture/discussion/music show & tell at approximately 7 pm. We hope this will be a series interesting to youth as well as to adults. The programme will be as follows:

March 14th – Lenten Hymns

March 21st – Music in the Liturgy – ‘Why we do what we do’

March 28th – Psalm Singing in the Anglican Tradition

Additional information will be circulated prior to each session.

Anyone able to bring soup (seafood or vegetarian preferred) or bread/rolls on one or more of these three evenings, should contact Susan Harris susan.susanharris@gmail.com


Meditations at Sunday Evensong

On the first four Sundays in Lent (March 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th), various parishioners will offer brief meditations at Evensong using as a resource “Images of Pilgrimage: Paradise and Wilderness in Christian Spirituality” by the Revd Dr. Robert Crouse, which can be found online at http://www.stpeter.org/crouse/writings/images_of_pilgrimage.htm  Parishioners are encouraged to read along, regardless of whether or not they are able to attend these Evensongs.

On Passion Sunday, April 2nd, the Revd Vivien Hannon will be our guest preacher at Choral Evensong marking the conclusion of this series and the beginning of Passiontide.


Friday Noontime Eucharists

Beginning on Friday, March 10th and continuing up to and including April 7th, an additional opportunity for people to attend a weekday Holy Communion during Lent will be celebrated by Fr Peter Harris.  Mid-day Prayers at noon will be followed by said Holy Communion at 12:15.  

St. Matthias the Apostle

February 16, 2017 at 5:53 pm

On Friday, February 24th at 5:30 pm, we will observe the Feast of St. Matthias the Apostle, with shortened Evening Prayer followed by Holy Communion.  After Judas’ betrayal of Christ and subsequent suicide, St. Peter led the disciples to choose a replacement so that the number of apostles who knew and remembered Jesus would remain at twelve.  Two names were brought forward and after praying for guidance, Matthias was chosen and from this point on, he was numbered as one of the twelve.  Little else is known for certain about Matthias, but even from this small mention in the New Testament, we know that he knew Jesus and was a witness to his resurrection, that he had been a faithful follower and that he was thought suitable to have a special role among those who remained to spread the Gospel after Our Lord’s death. There are many legends about St. Matthias – his work of evangelizing, his persecution, etc. – but the church honours him as a martyr, who stands among the unsung heroes of every generation who labour for the faith with little recognition.

On Pre-Lent or Shrovetide

February 12, 2017 at 7:00 am

Today is the first of the three Sundays of the season of the Church Year called Pre-Lent. This is the season of the Gesimas, that is, Septuagesima, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima, In this season, there is a sort of “sea change” as we begin to turn our thoughts away from the joyous celebrations of the Christmas and Epiphany Seasons, with their focus on the birth and manifestation of Christ, and toward the penitential season of Lent, with its focus on our Lord’s suffering and death. Each year on the Sunday before Septuagesima (the first of the Pre-Lenten Sundays) we sing Alleluia, Song of Sweetness, and this marks the final time we should sing or say Alleluia until the great Alleluias of Easter. In fact, some refer to the final Sunday before Septuagesima as “Farewell to Alleluia Sunday”. In Pre-Lent, the colour of the liturgical vestments and altar hangings changes from green to purple, giving us a visual cue that it is time to begin to prepare ourselves for Lent, the season of penitence and self-examination, but also the season of hope, as we look toward the resurrection of Christ at Easter.

On Candlemas

January 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm

ALMIGHTY and everliving God, we humbly beseech thy Majesty, that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance of our flesh, so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(The Collect for the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, BCP, p. 266)

The Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, also known as the Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin, and often called Candlemas, will be observed with a service of Choral Holy Communion on Thursday, February 2nd, at 7 pm. In the Gospel on page 267 of your Prayer Book you will find a description of what this Holy Day is commemorating. The service will feature a candlelight procession in which all who are present will take part. As we will hear in the Gospel reading, the ancient Simeon greeted the arrival of the Infant Jesus with the words: “Lord, now lettest Thou thy servant depart in peace.” Simeon recognized the Christ Child as his Saviour and carried Jesus, the Light of the world, in his arms, and so we too will carry our lighted candles as a sign of that Light that came into the world. During this service, all the candles for the next year will be blessed. The music of the service will include the beautiful choral music of Philippe de Rogier, William Byrd and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, with an organ voluntary by Dietrich Buxtehude.
Our guest preacher will be the Rev’d Dr. Paul Friesen, Rector of St. Paul’s Church, Halifax.