Music Mondays Season Opens May 4

Music Mondays presents another fabulous season of lunchtime music ichurch-of-the-holy-trinity-modernn the heart of downtown at Church of the Holy Trinity. Every Monday bring your lunch and listen to different artists and musical pieces.

Concerts start promptly at 12:15 beginning May 4 and running until August 31. Admission is Pay What You Can with $5 as a suggested minimum donation. You can read the introduction to this season and see the full seasons concerts on their website

They also have lots of recordings from previous years to whet your appetite for a fabulous season!


The Anglican church had a century-long history of working with the government to run close to 30 residential schools for Indigenous children. Though individual participants may have had nobler intentions, the underlying colonial aim was to break Indigenous cultures, and to assimilate the children into the bottom rungs of a hierarchical society. Doing that, we destroyed families and communities, and drove students and their parents, siblings and children into dysfunction and addiction. Many were also sexually abused.

We recognized our wrongdoing and withdrew from running the schools in 1969. It took us another quarter century to apologize to former students and their families. We’ve been trying to live into that apology ever since, pushing for justice, healing and reconciliation. This is also a process of decolonizing ourselves. Continue reading #22days

May 10 3 PM – ECHO Women’s Choir Spring concert

Echo Women’s Choir, Spring Concert, ‘My Mother is the Ocean Sea’ 

Sunday, May 10, 3pm at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square, (beside the Eaton Centre, wheelchair accessible)

with Special Guests Marichka Kudriavtseva and Mark Marczyk.

Tickets: $15. Advanced, $20. at Door, $10. Seniors, Children & Under waged

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May 30 & 31 Cantemus Singers Concerts

Please join us as we present “Nymphs & Shepherds”, our salute to the madrigal rage that swept England for the last decade of Elizabeth’s reign and beyond. All of this frivolity will be balanced by a few more sober compositions including William Byrd’s jewel, the Mass for Five Voices.

As usual our concert will be presented twice at the historic Church of the Holy Trinity, Eaton Centre – on Saturday May 30th at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday May 31st at 3 p.m. For directions to the church, please consult our website

Program for May 30 & 31, 2015

Organ: Pavane & Galliard                        Thomas Morley (ca. 1557-1602)

Sing Loud Ye Nymphs                                        John Bennet  (1570 – 1615)

Come away sweet love                               Thomas Greaves (1570-1604)

And Think ye nymphs                                 William Byrd  (ca. 1540 – 1623)

Come follow me, fair nymphs         Thomas Bateson  (ca. 1570 – 1630)

Wherefore sit I complaining                     Peter Philips (ca. 1560 – 1628)

Hard by a crystal fountain                      Thomas Morley (ca. 1557-1602)

Amyntas with his Phyllis fair         Francis Pilkington (ca. 1565 – 1638)

Come, sable night                                                         John Ward (1571–1638)

Ah Cruel Amaryllis                                                    John Wilbye (1574-1638)

Come away sweet love                                 John Dowland  (1563-1626)

Merrily my love and I                        Thomas Bateson (ca. 1570 – 1630)


Organ: Fantasia in C                                     William Byrd  (ca. 1540 – 1623)

Libera Nos, Salva Nos                           John Sheppard (ca. 1515 – 1558)

Magnificat (Second Service)                Thomas Tomkins (1572 -1656)

Mass for 5  Voices                                           William Byrd (ca. 1540 – 1623)

Kyrie – Gloria – Credo – Sanctus/Benedictus – Agnus Dei

Cantemus Concert 2015

Disrupting Empire – service text

PDF: HT bulletin Mar 29 Palm Sunday 4

While empire in Jesus’ time consisted of distinct forms of oppression including military occupation, violence, unjust taxation, and slavery, … we have to look deeper and wider to put a recognizable face on empire. … As stated in To Seek Justice and Resist Evil, contemporary “empire is not dominated by any single state but by a network of powerful economic interests held together by the ideology of neoliberalism,” and furthermore, is a system in which most of us play some role, wittingly or unwittingly.
Living Faithfully in the Midst of Empire, United Church of Canada, 2006

Territorial Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we gather upon the traditional territories of the Mississauga Anishaabeg, Haudenosaunee and Wendat Indigenous Peoples, the original nations of this land, who continue to cry out for justice.

prelude – Entry of the Kings

Opening – Prepare ye the way of the lord

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was not a simple act of obedience to God, following some preordained path to destruction and ancient prophesy. It was a radical challenge to an Empire that could not be physically resisted. It was a powerful act of political theatre and call to revolutionary change that still reverberates today. Unfortunately, empire continues to dominate our lives.
Let us prepare ourselves to join Christ’s parade into Jerusalem by first asking each other for forgiveness. Continue reading Disrupting Empire – service text

Disrupting Empire – Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as political theatre

Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015

texts: Paolo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed; Zechariah 9:9-10; Mark 11:1-11

As Canadians and Christians we feel a lot of social pressure to be nice. To not cause trouble. Especially for folks who seem nice. Nobody should be distressed. Let’s keep everything, on the surface anyway, agreeable and pleasant. Well that’s nice isn’t it? Sometimes it’s even a good thing. But sometimes what is required is real honesty. Whether that’s telling our true feelings to a friend who needs to know, or speaking a difficult truth to those in power. Or even challenging our own assumptions.

However, that desire to smooth things over can be overwhelming at times. We may choose silence or couched words over challenging conversation. Or we may avoid someone or something altogether rather than offering a challenge and engagement that might spark personal growth or a healed relationship. Continue reading Disrupting Empire – Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as political theatre

On the Edge of Wilderness

Isaiah 58:1-12, Mark 1: 1-13

You and I, we are standing on the edge of the wilderness with Jesus; you and I, on this first day of Lent, driven by the Spirit; you and I, on this Ash Wednesday, made of earth and water.  Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.  Today, whatever our justice ministry, we are invited, reminded, compelled, driven to enter into the wilderness to confirm our identity, to remember our names, and to reclaim our integrity, finding each other along the way.
Continue reading On the Edge of Wilderness

Palm Sunday – Disrupting Empire

fist-palm3The story of Palm Sunday is a story of theatrical resistance: a usurping of entrenched authority. The procession into Jerusalem parodied the imperial triumphus of the roman occupiers and even that of earlier Jewish kings. Christ’s entry into Jerusalem claimed the imagery of power and turned it on its head–a donkey, not a war horse; children, beggars, parents and labourers, not an army and priests.  His entry proclaimed not imperial power, but a new realm of peace: a place where what matters are not the powers, but the people and the land itself.

Join Fallen Angles and the whole community of Holy Trinity as we consider Christ’s disruptive power in the face of empire, both then and now, in story, movement and song.

March 29 at 10:30am

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