Sunday Sundries … Ordination Day

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It was a festive day today. Hubby and I had appointments at the beauty parlor to get our hair done earlier this afternoon. I have to say that our girl does good hair. Hubby was pleased with my haircut.

I did a bit off odd shopping for the main event today which was the ordination of my mentor and best friend Donald. The years of work, teaching, studying, a stint in the deaconate and today’s final ordination into the Anglican Priesthood.

It was good that I left a little early, because the church was packed by the time I had arrived. But I snagged a seat – in the same – reserved row – where Donald was sitting. It was high church with pomp and circumstance.

As usual the music was heavenly.

We congratulate the following ordinates:

Mr. Alain Brosseau

Mrs. Adrienne Clements

Mr. Lorne Eason

Mr. Nicolas Pang

Mr. Brian Perron

Mr. Robert Callender

and the Reverend Dr. Donald Luc Boisvert

It was a privilege to be part of one of the biggest days in their lives and to share today with a sanctuary full of people was amazing.

The photos came out pretty good seeing I wasn’t seated front and center, but more off to the left hand side of the sanctuary.

It was a good day.

More to come, stay tuned …

Saturday Easter Vigil …

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Yes, that is a McDonald’s across the street from the Cathedral, as the building sits on Ste Catherine’s Street downtown. I took these shots on a vigil some time ago, because there is snow on the ground in the series. Blessedly, there was no snow, but it was chilly outside, and the flame was very big.

It was a glorious night. Many followers attended the service which ran two hours from start to finish. Tonight we hear the five great readings from Scripture from Genesis, a reading from St. John Chrysostom, Exodus, Homily on the Passover by Melito of Sardis, and once again from Exodus, and ending in the Gospel of Mark.

My friend and fellow Deacon Donald was there serving at the mass, he is to be ordained a priest this fall 2013.

From the darkness of the church, the paschal candle is carried into the church where it is proclaimed “Lumen Chrisi” Light of Christ. And we then light our candles one from another and candle light shines as the readings were done, and finally in a flurry of bells and organ and choir sing … Alleluia He is Risen.

A good night was had by all.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, and we shall gather at 6:15 for the tradition meeting for the month at St. Leon’s.

Going Here and There …

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The day began with sunshine and I had things to do today. Last night a friend told me that one of our women from my home group was speaking this evening at 5 o’clock shadows. I left the house early because I had to make some stops along the way to the Metro and I needed tickets for my Opus card.

I got to the platform and there was a train in the station, I forgot to look and see which direction the train was traveling, as I got to the bottom of the stairs to the platform the train pulled away. It was then I noticed that I ran down the wrong set of stairs, and almost got on the wrong train. I plotted back up to the mezzanine and got on the right platform for a train going out of downtown.

I arrived at Shadows a bit early – so I hung out in the park across the street, because the neighbors bitch and moan if we gather out front on the sidewalk. This particular church is bordered by residential housing, therefore bystanders are frowned upon.

The gang showed up about a quarter to five, along with our woman who was speaking. Most of our women in our nuclear group all belong to an email notification list and a gratitude list. When one speaks, they email the whole list and the girls all go to that particular meeting to support the speaker.

Our woman got up there and told her story. We were all so proud of her. Sometimes a simple story is all that is needed to get the message across. And she did that. The meeting was full, I noticed that people of the same cloth sit together either on one side of the room or the other. One group of women who seem to travel together and go to the same meetings together were all on one side of the room.

And all of my women that I travel with, sat on my side of the room. Groupies one and all. I was traveling after the meeting to a second function at the Cathedral with started at 7:30. I got lucky that one of our women was going right to the Bay to go shopping, and the Cathedral sits right next door to the Bay.

I had more than an hour to kill before my second event, so I went window shopping in the underground city. In the Downtown Core there are tunnels and food courts below several shopping malls interconnected within the McGill Metro stop and the tunnels also lead back to the Orange line under Place Ville Marie.

I went to Indigo to look at books that I could not afford to buy, at this time. I spent almost an hour looking at books and reading from them. Some of the books were about the late Pontiff John Paul II, and the other book of interest was by Mother Teresa. I am always on the lookout for further writings on the theme of “I Thirst.” The story about Jesus on the cross during his crucifixion and his words to Mary of “I Thirst.” It is a meditation and the tattoo I have on my upper right arm.

On my way out of the underground city, the skies opened up and it poured cats and dogs for a bit. We all got wet.

I arrived at the Cathedral office early and Donald was there but we were locked out of the tower until the priest who was co-chairing the event this evening arrived to open the doors and ready the conference room.

I’m not quite sure why I was there for this reading/discussion event. I shared very little but I did a lot of listening. Most of the discussion was above my head and came from left field. It was lively discussion nonetheless. It was just a couple of hours to spend with my mentor and spiritual director and some new faces from the Cathedral.

We broke around 9:30 and I came home via the Metro.

It was a fruitful day. Good times, good people, good meetings.

The Ordination of Donald Boisvert

The Ordination to the Deaconate
And Priesthood
of the Diocese of Montreal
June 3 2012
Christ Church Cathedral
Montreal

Donald Luc Boisvert
Rev. Robert Camara
Rev. Rhonda Waters

It was a beautiful day for an ordination. Donald Boisvert to the Deaconate, The Rev. Robert Camara to the Priesthood, and Rev. Rhonda Waters, also to the Priesthood. The Cathedral was packed. The choir was heavenly.

And there was controversy, a letter had been submitted to the proceedings calling for Donald and Robert Not to be ordained today because they are both gay and in same sex marriages.

However, our Bishop Barry, having put thoughtful prayer to this petition, decided against it and performed the ordinations to the swelling jubilation of the people inside the cathedral.

It was a beautiful service. My camera phone was very handy. I was like damn, I forgot my camera, and then remembered that my phone had a camera… DOH !!! So here are a few shots.

Exsultet …

Tonight took us to Christ Church Cathedral for the Great Easter Vigil Celebration. The weather cooperated and the sun was shining and the clouds had gone, although it was quite breezy outside, once the fire was lit – it burned furiously and they could not keep the tapers lit in order to light the Paschal Candles.

In the end all the candles were lit and carried into the darkened church for the service to begin.

Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels!
Exult, all creation around God’s throne!
Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!
Sound the trumpet of salvation!

Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor,
radiant in the brightness of your King!
Christ has conquered! Glory fills you!
Darkness vanishes for ever!

Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in glory!
The risen Savior shines upon you!
Let this place resound with joy,
echoing the mighty song of all God’s people!

My dearest friends,
standing with me in this holy light,
join me in asking God for mercy,

that he may give his unworthy minister
grace to sing his Easter praises.

Deacon: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Deacon: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Deacon: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is truly right
that with full hearts and minds and voices
we should praise the unseen God, the all-powerful Father,
and his only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

For Christ has ransomed us with his blood,
and paid for us the price of Adam’s sin to our eternal Father!

This is our passover feast,
when Christ, the true Lamb, is slain,
whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers.

This is the night
when first you saved our fathers:
you freed the people of Israel from their slavery
and led them dry-shod through the sea.

This is the night
when the pillar of fire destroyed the darkness of sin!

This is the night
when Christians everywhere,
washed clean of sin and freed from all defilement,
are restored to grace and grow together in holiness.

This is the night
when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death
and rose triumphant from the grave.

What good would life have been to us,
had Christ not come as our Redeemer?
Father, how wonderful your care for us!
How boundless your merciful love!
To ransom a slave you gave away your Son.

O happy fault,
O necessary sin of Adam,
which gained for us so great a Redeemer!

Most blessed of all nights,
chosen by God to see Christ rising from the dead!

Of this night scripture says:
“The night will be as clear as day:
it will become my light, my joy.”

The power of this holy night dispels all evil,
washes guilt away, restores lost innocence,
brings mourners joy;
it casts out hatred, brings us peace,
and humbles earthly pride.

Night truly blessed when heaven is wedded to earth
and man is reconciled with God!

Therefore, heavenly Father,
in the joy of this night,
receive our evening sacrifice of praise,
your Church’s solemn offering.

Accept this Easter candle,
a flame divided but undimmed,
a pillar of fire that glows to the honor of God.

(For it is fed by the melting wax,
which the mother bee brought forth
to make this precious candle.)

Let it mingle with the lights of heaven
and continue bravely burning
to dispel the darkness of this night!

May the Morning Star which never sets
find this flame still burning:
Christ, that Morning Star,
who came back from the dead,
and shed his peaceful light on all mankind,
your Son, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.

This is one of the most beautiful pieces of music to begin the Easter Vigil Mass, and here at the Cathedral it is sung in English and French, alternating from one to the other. The entire service was bilingual tonight. And thanks to my French education – this year I was a little more literate and mt reading and singing skills are much better.

There were three baptisms and several confirmations this year it was beautiful. Lot of singing by the choir. I love heavenly music. I was able to join my mentor Donald for the service. He was free tonight for service, tomorrow he has two services to participate in at St. Matthias in Westmount.

A good night was had by all …

Jesus has Risen, He is Risen indeed …

Maundy Thursday

The Triduum has begun. It was a quiet day, hubby was out all evening for class and a get together with friends, which left me home alone for the balance of the night. So I watched a little tv, farted around on Facebook, and got myself ready for church.

Since it is only 3 stops up from home, I made it in time. Little did I know that our celebrant tonight is newly ordained. A young woman who I have seen before the Reverend Karla Holmes. She is a fresh new face to the ministry at Christ Church Cathedral. I quite enjoyed her. The Rev Joyce was there con celebrating and Donald Boisvert, my academic adviser and friend was there as well, and what a treat, he was preaching tonight.

Tonight’s service was interesting. The washing of the feet, which I participated in, I missed this service last year. As always, the music was GLORIOUS. If you’ve never heard our Cathedral Choir, you should come to the Easter Vigil service on Saturday night. It starts at 7:30. It will be glorious.

The choir outdid itself tonight. The music was just amazing. The range and talent in the group is just beautiful. They were seated under the cupola directly behind the altar, which only lends to sonorous music. They have such great harmony, and add to that the singing from the congregation. I quite fancy myself a singer. I hit all the notes tonight in song. I really do love singing. My spirit soars when I sing in church. Tonight’s hymns were beautiful.

  • Jesus Calls Us
  • Ubi Caritas
  • Tantum Ergo

There were a couple others, from the missal that I was looking at. If you are in Montreal and want to join us Saturday night, leave a message here. The Christ Church Cathedral sits above Place Cathedral at the McGill Metro, and the service once again starts at 7:30. Get there early to get good seats. We usually have a good crowd for the Vigil Mass.

It’s after 4 am so I am off to bed.

More to come, stay tuned.