Recent articles and announcements
By Rev. Canon Stewart Murray, Incumbent at St. Barnabas, Ottawa
(published in the April issue of ‘Crosstalk’, the newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa)
The celebration of the Easter season concludes with the Ascension of Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Many parish communities celebrate Pentecost with great fanfare and energy: birthday cakes, balloons and variations on the theme of ‘tongues of fire’.
The celebration of Trinity Sunday, the Sunday after Pentecost, does not grab our imagination in the same way. There are no dramatic tongues of fire or speaking in tongues or gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The focus of Trinity Sunday is on the nature of God himself as revealed in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. It is a celebration of the...Read more: The Holy Trinity
By L.K. O’Connor (published in the March 2018 issue of ‘Crosstalk’)
One Saturday in the fall of 2017 and one Saturday in January 2018, the doors of St. Barnabas, Ottawa opened to welcome artists to an art day called In the Image.
Following a number of British cathedrals on Twitter, I discovered the creative new ways in which cathedrals have begun to use their sacred spaces in recent years. A regular parishioner or visitor would expect to be able to attend services of Mattins, Eucharist, Evensong and Compline, as well as funerals, weddings, baptisms, concerts, and fellowship events. Unexpected events might include abseiling the cathedral, on the outside; a skateboarding event, inside; a candlelit gala dinner in the nave; a midnight organ recital; a Jane Austen festival,...Read more: In The Image
By Rev. Canon Stewart Murray
published in the March 2018 issue of ‘Crosstalk’
The last week of Lent, Holy Week, with its familiar pattern of readings and liturgies, is not only a source of comfort but also of challenge. When we begin our Lenten journey we are invited to a time of reflection and renewal through prayer, scripture and service to others. We are encouraged to acknowledge the brokenness of our lives and our need for forgiveness and the healing grace of God. In the final week of Lent, we focus on the betrayal, suffering and death of Jesus, through which the new life that we celebrate on Easter morning was forged.
Over the years I have met good people who struggle with the whole idea of Holy Week. They ask why we celebrate such terrible events and question...Read more: Called to Holiness