This article by Fr. Stewart Murray has been reprinted from Crosstalk, the newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.
Advent has come again so quickly, and once again I ask myself, where has the year gone? A year filled with much joy and beauty, but also one touched with sorrow and tragedy for so many. The ongoing conflicts in the world that have come into the very centre of Ottawa and the frightening ongoing outbreak of ebola in West Africa strike fear in the hearts of many. It is all too easy to allow these and other kinds of worries, fears and anxieties to overwhelm us. One concern I share with many other folks is a concern about family members; it seems that no matter how old the children are I worry about them, the focus of the worry just changes! Like many others I also have concerns about health and finances – will there be enough money to retire?
The choir performed specially-commissioned settings of ‘O salutaris hostia’ and ‘Tantum ergo’ by Ottawa composer Gilles Leclerc at the Evensong service on November 16. These settings were written to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of St. Barnabas Parish.
(originally published in Canticum Novum, March 2007)
The following article is a brief overview of the various musical instruments that have given service to the congregation of St. Barnabas over 100 years. It is a distillation of a much longer work called A Short History of the Organ that was written to mark the occasion of the rededication of the organ at Solemn Evensong and Benediction on the Feast of Dedication, October 18, 1998. The summer of 1998 saw the complete removal, for cleaning and revoicing, of the organ; it was shipped to Montreal for the work and was returned to St. Barnabas at the end of September.