Today we remembered St Mark the Evangelist, whose Feast day falls on March 25th. At this weekly service, instead of a homily, we spend a few minutes reflecting as a group on the appointed readings or on the saint being commemorated, or on what God is doing in the world or in our lives.
The blurb about the saint of the day in For All the Saints, notes that Mark “was addressing a Church confused by the gap between the promise of “the good news” and the reality of persecution.”
This reminded me of a review I read in the latest New Yorker of a new book about the poet Wallace Stevens. The reviewer (Peter Schjeldahl) mentions his candidate for the finest American modern poem: “The Idea of order at Key West.” I pulled out my anthology of 20th-century poetry and read Stevens’ poem, finding it a challenging piece of work. The phrase “blessed rage for order” comes from this poem, although it was more familiar to me as the title of David Tracy’s book about theological pluralism. I looked up an analysis of poem and found this: “The core of the poem lies on the interdependence of imagination and reality. Stevens stresses the “essential discontinuity between them” and emphasizes their differences by “demonstrating the vain struggle of the imagination ‘to grasp what it beholds in a single version of it.”
Another member of our Wednesday circle mentioned having seen a PBS special on Buddhism recently, in which a Buddhist monk spoke of people being surprised that Buddhist monks continually struggle with earthly temptations on their spiritual path. The struggle between the illusory and pursuit of Nirvana is ever present.
Whatever the spiritual path we walk, there will always be distractions, washouts, potholes, detours, forks, dead-ends, and the unknown. We have always had to live with these tensions as part of the journey.
— Sherman Hesselgrave
Music Mondays has served as a launching pad for emerging talent since its inception in 1992. Our concerts take place in the warm acoustics of Holy Trinity Church, just steps away from the Eaton Centre. Our goal is to provide the highest possible musical experience to a pay-what-you-can downtown Toronto audience. Our audience includes office workers, tourists, retired folks, young children, the homeless, students and other musicians. We try to provide the best possible venue for emerging Canadian artists. The acoustics of Holy Trinity are very special – warm and inviting. The church boasts two fine instruments – a newly acquired Steinway “B” Concert Grand and a superb Casavant Frères tracker-action baroque organ. Musicians are invited to perform new Canadian works, involve the audience in the performance and push the acoustic envelope! To read more
First Concert – Monday May 2 with Agincourt Madrigal Singers
If Music Be the Food of Love – Multi-award winning Agincourt Madrigal Singers (MusicFest Nationals, the CMEA Leslie Bell Award, first place in National Music Festival Association and Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival) will be joined by the Agincourt Chamber Orchestra. Over 60 young performers will open our 25th Anniversary Season with works by David Dickau, Palestrina, David MacIntyre, Dan Davison, Peter Warlock and Mozart, all conducted by James Pinhorn and Amanda Tulk-O’Reilly.
Additional Schedule on the Music Mondays website
A day to honour the earth.
All are welcome to join the Labyrinth Community Network
for a group walk on Earth Day
Friday, April 22, 2016 12 noon – 1 pm
Toronto Public Labyrinth at Trinity Square Park
(south of the Church of the Holy Trinity and west of the Eaton Centre)
Live Music by Michael Franklin and Andrea Gerhardt
Braille Labyrinth on Site
World Labyrinth Day: Saturday, May 7 at 1 pm
Summer Solstice: Monday, June 20 at 12 noon
Echo Women’s Choir, Spring Concert,
Songs of Hope & Resistance, Sunday, May 1, 3pm
Church of the Holy Trinity
Co-Directors: Becca Whitla and Alan Gasser
With Special Guest: Singer Ewelina Ferenc & Yura Rafalui, Hammered Dulcimer
Tickets $15. Advance, $10. Seniors/Children/Underwaged, $20 at the door.
To reserve tickets email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ECHO gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council.
To find out more about Echo: www.echowomenschoir.ca
Peter Haresnape’s Homily for Easter 3
After the torchlight red on sweaty faces
After the frosty silence in the gardens
After the agony in stony places
The shouting and the crying
Prison and palace and reverberation
Of thunder of spring over distant mountains
He who was now living is now dead
We who were living are now dying
With a little patience
[— T. S. Eliot, “The Wasteland“]
After the busyness and disruption of Easter, we get back to work, the children go back to school, and Simon Peter gets together with his friends and goes fishing.
A long night of work, and nothing to show for it, but then, through the sudden provision of great abundance, they recognise the Lord in the mysterious, almost unrecognizable form waiting by the shore. Continue reading A long night of work…
The 12th edition of the pub party in the old chapel at Holy Trinity is coming soon. This time our featured artists will be Sue & Dwight. For the past 10 years, the singer/songwriter duo ‘Sue and Dwight’ has been a steady fixture on the Toronto Music Scene performing in clubs, house concerts and festivals. They will share their stories of the prairies, life in the big city, and travels in East Africa–perfect for the warm and intimate atmosphere of Panter’s Pub. http://www.sueanddwight.com/
PP is a semi-private party upstairs in the old chapel at Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto where Local singer-songwriters, poets and radicals gather to have a good time and maybe plot the revolution.
Keith Nunn and friends will open at 8pm,
Featured artist at 9,
Dancing at 10.
Entrance by donation,
BYOB (We have wine, beer and seasonal sangria if you just want to show up).
There are many stairs, I’m sorry. I am hoping to have some ground floor events soon.
RSVP appreciated, but not necessary.
A reflection on Water For Ecumenical Good Friday,
Church of the Holy Trinity, March 25 2016
Who lives the pain of Good Friday in our time? Communities of Pimicikamak /Cross Lake, Syria, South Sudan, Kashechewan…
Where do we hear the cries? Taste the thirst for justice? Refugees fleeing, women sexually assaulted, black lives ignored, Indigenous girls missing…
Where do we see the wounds? Melting permafrost, fracked earth, tailings ponds, tanker spills… Continue reading “Water is the blood that flows through this wounded body”
2016 TORONTO GOOD FRIDAY WALK TO FOCUS ON WATER
Jesus’ cry from the cross, “I am thirsty,” is the impetus for this year’s Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice in downtown Toronto.
On the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, we will walk in the Lake Ontario Waterfront watershed, starting on the shore of Lake Ontario at Harbour Square Park, just west of the ferry docks at the foot of Bay Street. Participants will gather at 2 p.m., then proceed north on Bay Street, stopping at ‘stations’ along the way to decry the unjust use of the divine gift of water leading to environmental degradation and vast numbers of refugees.
The Walk will end at the Church of the Holy Trinity (just west of the Eaton Centre) for a brief worship service and message from Jennifer Henry, Executive Director of Kairos. “The health of water is about the health of our communities — not only the quality of our relations with the earth community within watersheds, but also the nature of relationships with Indigenous peoples as the original custodians of water,” Henry says.
A simple supper will take place there at approximately 4:00 p.m. A freewill offering will support the efforts of participating social justice organizations.
As Jesus cried out in thirst from the Cross, we too thirst for justice – for the environment and for all creatures adversely affected by systems that misuse or destroy Earth, our sacred home.
History of the walk and past walk pictures on their website.
You are invited to join us for the whole Easter Story or just what speaks to your soul.
- Sunday, March 20 10:30 AM Palm Sunday Service with the procession of Palms – separate program for youth and children
- Thursday, March 24 6:00 PM Maundy Thursday with service, supper that involves youth, children, and the San Esteban (Spanish speaking) community. A family sleepover follows
- Friday, March 25 10:30 AM Solemn Good Friday Liturgy with Choral Music. Program provided for young people.
- Friday, March 25 2:00 PM Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice theme this year is “I thirst…” This year the walk will begin at Lake Ontario and proceed up Bay Street to Holy Trinity. Details on the EGFW website
- Saturday, March 26 8:00 PM The Great Vigil of Easter This service includes Biblical readings, the lighting of the Paschal Fire and a service of light, remembering our baptismal vows, and the First Eucharist of Easter. Young people and families are active in the leadership of the service.
- Sunday, March 27 10:30 AM Easter Eucharist with an all ages present. We will flower the cross and share the Eucharist followed by a celebratory lunch and Easter Egg Hunt. We will use both English and Spanish in this service.
A fundraising concert for the church’s new Steinway “B” Concert Grand Piano
featuring William Aide, piano
and Robert Aitken, flute,
performing Romantic repertoire together again for the first time in decades; works by Burton, Schubert/Boehm, Linton-France, Chopin, Debussy, and Meyer-Obersleben.
General admission $25 at the door, or contact (416) 598-4521 ext. 301 or email: email@example.com
All funds raised will go towards installation and ongoing maintenance.
Join us in Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square beside the Toronto Eaton Centre to hear this beautiful instrument come to life!