Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day coincide this year. With two service times—12:15 PM and 6:00 PM—you can still make a Valentine’s dinner reservation.
The ashes for Ash Wednesday are made by burning the palm branches from last Palm Sunday. With the words, “Remember you are dust, and to dust you will return,” we are reminded of our mortality.
On the Sundays in Lent, the appointed Hebrew Scripture readings in Year B focus on covenants: the covenant with Noah on February 18, the covenant with Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah on February 25th, the covenant with Moses (the 10 Commandments) on March 4th, the covenant in the wilderness on March 11th, and the new covenant that Jeremiah foretells on March 18th. Continue reading Lent 2018 at Holy Trinity: We Are A Covenant People→
“Money and power are closely related. It is almost impossible to see the impact of one without understanding the desire for the other.. Power flows to a large degree from money. And money is easier to acquire when one has power. One of the characteristics of poverty is that you are the object of other people’s power, rather than the subject who decides what to do with your own power.” Continue reading Dethroning Mammon – Sunday Morning Forums→
We’ve been on the web for a long time now. When we first came online, social media was email and we picked holytrinitytoronto.org because it was available and was relatively clear. We collectively refer to ourselves as H.T. and have done so since before anyone can remember.
Times change and–while we stand firm in our commitment to justice and to maintaining a spiritual oasis for all in the heart of this beautiful, but frantic, city–we change too.
As we have expanded our presence on social media, we have, through a mix of forethought and happenstance, become pretty solidly HolyTrinityTO. It’s a closer match to the more informal folk we are and so we are moving our web presence a bit to be more in sync. Over the next few months we’ll be migrating our web and email to a new domain. The old addresses will work (and probably always will), but we’ll be more deliberately hanging out at HolyTrinity.TO (or on social media at HolyTrinityTO).
Today’s celebration of the Epiphany has always been one of my
favourites. I find it’s full of mystery, and it speaks to the
imagination and the poetic.
The word ‘Epiphany’ means ‘manifestation’ or ‘revelation.’ In
today’s feast there are traditionally have been three levels of
revelation that have been celebrated. First, the Magi are led to
the manger and the light of Christ is manifested to the gentiles.
Then Epiphany is often linked with the Baptism of Christ by
John, and the launch of Jesus’ public ministry, with the
testimony of the voice from heaven confirming that ‘This is my
Beloved Son’ followed by the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in
the form of a dove. Epiphany is also linked with John’s account
of the Marriage Feast of Cana, where Jesus first manifests his
power to the disciples by turning water into wine, a symbol of
the wedding feast that joins heaven and earth, God and
humankind, into a new and joyous union. Continue reading “echoes of cosmic events”→