Today at St Barnabas

Light streaming through the sanctuary windows

This Sunday

10:30 am

Lent II
Colour: Purple
10:30 am Solemn High Mass BAS
Propers: p. 288, 2nd Collect p. 281
Genesis 17:1-7
Psalm 22:22-30
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38

Music of the Mass:

  • Missa Brevis No. 2 in F minor - Healey Willan (1880-1968)    (Creed - Merbecke)
  • Offertory Motet:    Call to remembrance - Richard Farrant (c. 1525-1580)
  • Music at Communion:    Thou knowest, Lord - Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
  • Organ Music:    Partita on "Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig" - Georg Böhm ("O how futile, O how fleeting is life");    Fugue in A minor (BWV 543) - J.S. Bach

Recent articles and announcements

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

published in ‘Crosstalk’, February, 2018

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent, has been a very difficult day for me since the beginning of my priesthood. I will never forget my first Ash Wednesday as the assistant curate at St. Richard’s (now Julian of Norwich) when I first pressed my thumb into the bowl of ashes, made the sign of the cross on the foreheads of the people lining the communion rail and said the words “Remember that thou art dust and to dust shalt thou return.” It was a stark reminder that a central part of my ministry and of the Church was to live with the reality of the certainty of suffering and death.

The Christian faith is unwavering in shining the light of hope and...

Read more: Dust Thou Art and to Dust...

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

published in ‘Crosstalk’, January, 2018

In the midst of our journey through Lent, the feast of the Annunciation comes on March 25. This feast, also called Lady Day, is when the Church calls the faithful to remember the visit of the angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Gabriel came to ‘announce’ the invitation from God to Mary to become the mother of Jesus. It is an important celebration which often gets ‘lost’ in Lent. I think that the feast of the Annunciation and the example of Mary need to be reclaimed as important elements in helping us to grow in our faith and spiritual life. From the earliest days of the Christian community, Mary’s experience of God has been seen as a model worthy of reflection and...

Read more: Lady Day

Here is a complete recording of From Darkness to Light: An Advent Procession with Carols, held Sunday 10 December 2017

  1. Two organ preludes: Chorale Prelude “Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland” (BWV 659) / J.S. Bach and Chorale Prelude “Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen” (Op. 122) / Johannes Brahms
  2. Matin Responsory / G.P. da Palestrina
  3. Hymn: Veni Redemptor gentium (descant: D. Willcocks)
  4. Collect for Advent (Book of Common Prayer, p. 95)
  5. Antiphon: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
  6. Carol: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day / English trad., arr. Andrew Parnell
  7. Hymn 369: Bright the vision that delighted
  8. First Lesson: Isaiah 6: 1-12
  9. Antiphon: O Adonai (O Our Lord)
  10. Carol: The truth from above / English trad., arr. R. Vaughan...
Read more: Hear the Advent Carol Service again

Upcoming special events

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Poster for Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

Repeats every week 5 times.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

Poster for Lenten Study -- why beauty matters

Tuesday evenings in Lent from 7pm to 8:30pm. 

February 20 and 27

March 6, 13 and 20

Using the video presentations of Roger Scruton, we will explore such themes as:

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am

Poster for Lenten Quiet Day (details in event description)

Join us for a series of talks with Fr. John Organ about experiencing God.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 2:00pm

CommuniTea: for all the Centretown neighbourhood.

From 2-3.30pm in the Parish Hall.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 8:00pm

Tenebrae poster