Sunday, August 30, 2009

A field guide to Toronto Anglo-Catholicism with New York as a reference

*St Thomas's, Huron Street ≈ St Thomas, Fifth Avenue
*St Mary Magdalene ≈ St Mary the Virgin
*St Bartholomew's ≈ Resurrection
*St Martin-in-the-Fields ≈ St Luke in the Fields
*St Matthias, Bellwoods ≈ Trinity Church (?)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

More about St Bart's

St Bartholomew's is the most traditional Anglo-Catholic parish in the Diocese of Toronto, looking away politely from St T's female servers, Revised Common Lectionary, and GABbing (though they do TARP). A full set of minor propers is sung, introit and gradual/alleluia from the BCP and the offertory and communion from the English Hymnal. Under the most recent rector (a former superior of Bracebridge monastery), the Angelus was sung to Anglican chant following the Sung Mass. An icon of St Charles Stuart, King and Martyr, greets you as you stoop to pick up a leaflet and add a name to the intercession sheet. It's one of only three churches (two others) where I've spotted a biretta. It's the only church in the Diocese to keep Corpus Christi on the Thursday (whereas the Bishop of Toronto, my own father in God, recently turned up at the very lovely Sunday celebration at St Matthias, Bellwoods, the mother church of Ritualism in the Diocese of Toronto).

This very awesome community is going to have a new website soon, to which I will be sure to point!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Patronal Festival of St Bartholomew

I went to the Sung Mass (what Ritual Notes would call a "Simple High Mass") at St Bart's today for their anticipated feast of title. We actually had a procession round the block while Father, a military chaplain who occasionally celebrates Mass in the parish, sported a biretta. An infant was baptised using the full BCP service; the Nicene Creed was still sung at Mass, interestingly. The celebrant "dressed for dinner," albeit in a splendid cope bearing symbols of the Blessed Sacrament. Interestingly, the cup was withheld from the laity by order of the interim priest-in-charge, something not done even at the Tridentine Mass I once attended at Trinity College.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dream incumbencies

*S. Clement's, Philadelphia
*St John's in the Village, Baltimore
*Holy Trinity Cathedral, Havana
*Church of St John the Evangelist, Montreal
*St James, Vancouver
*St Peter's Cathedral, Charlottetown
*St Luke's ELCA, Chicago
*Parish of the Falkland Islands

Friday, August 7, 2009


Sorry to have been incommunicado for a bit. I am entering my final year now, and things have been a bit hectic. Following posting on the Assumption at St Thomas's, regular service will again lie dormant until I return from youth conference to report on St Bartholomew's Day in Regent Park.