Unfortunately, due the the quickly moving travel advisories around the COVID-19 pandemic, organist and choir director Wesley Warren will not be able to make his planned trip to the U.K. this week to perform a recital at Westminster Abbey. But he did perform the same program for a small, but appreciative, audience at his home Church on Sunday, March 15. You may listen to the program above.
Organist and choir conductor Wesley Warren has maintained a foothold, or perhaps an organ-pedal hold, at some of the great churches of London as an organ recitalist, but on March 22 he will make his debut at one of the oldest and greatest of them all. On the evening of Mothering Sunday he'll perform a 30-minute program on the organ of Westminster Abbey.
Music plays an important role in worship at St. Barnabas. Join composer and organist Stephanie Martin as she explains the roots of a Canadian-made Anglo-Catholic musical tradition in a lecture in the parish hall on the evening of Feb. 19.
A major fundraising event for the parish, the annual Christmas Bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 23, celebrating its 92nd straight year.
The event will include the always popular Snowflake Café, a range of donated china, jewellery and other treasures, a busy book, CD and DVD table, as well as tasty, but limited, quantities of preserves, baking and deli treats. Arrive early to avoid disappointment! From 10 am to 2 pm.
by Brian Wehrle
May is Mary’s month, and I
Muse at that and wonder why:
Her feasts follow reason,
Dated due to season –
- Gerard Manley Hopkins, The May Magnificat
The month of May has traditionally been a time of popular piety and devotion honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary, the “Queen of May”. This custom is believed to have arisen in the 13th century; Alfonso X of Castile acknowledges the tradition of honouring Mary in May, in Ben vennas, Mayo, one of his Cantigas de Santa Maria:
By Rev. Canon Stewart Murray, Incumbent at St. Barnabas, Ottawa
(published in the February 2019 issue of Crosstalk)
Here is a recording of the Evensong and Solemn Benediction held Feb. 10: