Parish Life

Listen to Wesley Warren's organ recital

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.

The Wise Still Seek Him

By Rev. Canon Stewart Murray, Incumbent at St. Barnabas, Ottawa

In the midst of a busy morning, sitting in traffic, I was behind a car with a wonderful collection of bumper stickers. They ranged from one proudly proclaiming “this car climbed Mt. Washington” to a collection of stickers on the back window showing a family of Star Wars fans with a mom, a dad, two children and even the dog depicted as stormtroopers! But one sticker, rather faded and torn read “Wise men still seek Him.”

The Great Litany

By Rev. Canon Stewart Murray, Incumbent at St. Barnabas, Ottawa

One of the great treasures of our Anglican tradition that I have rediscovered in the last few years is the Great Litany in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and the Book of Alternative Services (BAS). At one time it was common to find a copy of the Litany in a separate book on a prayer desk, called a litany desk, in the sanctuary or nave of most churches.

The Wearing of the Green

by Rev. Canon Stewart Murray, Incumbent at St Barnabas, Ottawa

in May 2018 issue of ‘Crosstalk,' the newspaper of the Angican Diocese of Ottawa

The season after Pentecost or Trinity is called by some the long season of the green. They are referring, of course, to the colour of the church year that we will use until Advent. During the Easter season, we have had almost a riot of colours – white, gold, and red – but for the next six months, it will be the Wearing of the Green!

The Holy Trinity

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’.

In The Image

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.