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!