Christ is risen! Worship for the Resurrection of Our Lord, 10:30 a.m.


Risen Christ in bread and wine, He Qi
But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he  has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.”  (Matthew 28:5-7)



Paschal Homily, St. John Chrysostom

Good Friday worship at 10:30 this morning

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”        Isaiah 53:12

Jesus before Pilate-2

This morning we hear the Passion of Our Lord read from the Gospel of Saint John, and as the reading progresses the light diminishes, and we move into the Darkness (Tenebrae) of Death, as Jesus suffers and dies.


During the carrying in of the large, wooden cross, and the Adoration of the Crucified, we are reminded that the King is enthroned upon his holy cross, glorified, and we are awestruck at the redemption of the whole world. We gather on Good Friday to celebrate the depths and riches and wonder of God’s love, not to hold a funeral service for a long-dead Jesus. This is Act Two and the Liturgy concludes Saturday night when we gather in the evening gloom at 8 p.m.


Crucifixion, Exodus - Chagall

Maundy Thursday worship tonight at 7 p.m.

Footwashing and Eucharist, Chagall-2
Tonight we begin the three day worship service, celebrated since ancient times as the Triduum (three days).  This evening is the Liturgy for Maundy Thursday, when our Lord gave us a new commandment,
to love one another as he has loved us.  The word ‘Maundy’ is an old English corruption of the Latin word for commandment, ‘mandatum’.

This evening we share in the example of the master serving the disciples, as we experience the footwashing.  Then, we celebrate and remember (participate in) the Lord’s Supper, instituted for us first on this night so long ago, when Jesus gathered his disciples in that upper room to celebrate and remember the Passover.

Part Two of the Triduum will be observed tomorrow morning at 10:30, when we gather again to resume our worship on Good Friday. We will hear the reading of the Passion of Our Lord according to St. John in seven parts, as Tenebrae, Jesus’ descent into the darkness of death. Finally, the Adoration of the Crucified…


From the Dean’s Desk… Sunday of Palm and Passion

Entry into Jerusalem

And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name…

(From St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, a very early Christian hymn, often called ‘the Christ hymn’.)

Now it begins again, with Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord, and beyond waits the rest of Holy Week, as we walk with Jesus through his final days, join him at the Last Supper, have him wash our feet, follow, perhaps at a distance, to the trial, see him humiliated, stripped naked and nailed to the tree, then, finally, taken down and laid in a dark tomb of stone. Then we wait…  After sunset on Saturday, the beginning of the new day for Jews (And you will remember, no doubt, that Jesus and all his first disciples were Jews…), we come together in the darkness, especially that darkness within, afraid to hope, and yet, somehow, daring to look for light shining in the darkness.

We will not be disappointed. But, that’s next week, the first day of the first week of the Easter Season, the Eighth Day of Creation. First, the pilgrimage which began for us on Ash Wednesday must be completed. Why miss out, sisters and brothers? Come and join us for these highest Holy Days in our life of faith together as disciples of the Crucified and Risen Lord Jesus Christ.
The Great Three Days (Triduum): Three liturgies, one service of worship

Maundy Thursday: The word “Maundy” is an English form of the Latin word for commandment, mandatum. The over-arching theme of the day is Jesus’ new commandment to “love one another even as I have loved you,” a love sharply focused by the contrast of the betrayal which followed the meal that night before he died. Jesus’ great love is demonstrated both in his example of the footwashing (service) and in his gift of himself in the first Lord’s Supper, or Eucharist (thanksgiving). This is part one, or Act One, of the greatest worship drama in the life of the church, the three days (triduum), which begins Thursday evening and comes to dramatic conclusion at the Easter Vigil, THE Celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord. The Liturgy continues on Friday morning, so there is no blessing or benediction to conclude the worship.
Thursday, April 17th, 7 p.m.

Good Friday: Seen as part of the larger mystery of salvation, it is appropriate for Good Friday to be an austere time of reflection and intercession, as well as of the adoration of Christ the crucified, the sacrificial Lamb of God. This note of austerity does not, however, preclude the note of triumph which the final hymn tomorrow will indicate: The King is enthroned upon his holy cross, glorified, and we are awestruck at the redemption of the whole world. We gather on Good Friday to celebrate the depths and riches and wonder of God’s love, not to hold a funeral service for a long-dead Jesus. This is Act Two and the Liturgy concludes Saturday night.
Friday, April 18th, 10:30 a.m.

The Great Vigil of Easter: The climax of the sacred three days (Triduum in Latin) that began on Maundy Thursday is reached in this service which abounds in archetypal imagery that evokes responses from deep within the human psyche: darkness and light, death and life, chaos and order, slavery and freedom. In this service the fullness of salvation finds expression in creation and redemption, old covenant and new covenant, Baptism and Eucharist. This most holy night is the solemn memorial and the joyous celebration of the central mystery of salvation in Christ’s saving death and mighty rising, made real for all of us in the waters of baptism. Act Three.
Saturday, April 19th, service at 8 p.m.

(Much of the material above is taken, with gratitude, from Manual on the Liturgy: Lutheran Book of Worship, Augsburg, 1979)

The Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Sunday: We will gather for a festive Sung Eucharist on , at 10:30 a.m. First, though, today/Sunday, April 13th, we welcome him into Jerusalem. For there it begins and ends, and there the New Jerusalem is born, even as we die with him, and are raised with him to new life.
Sunday, April 20th, Sung Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.  Bishop Presides, Dean Preaches.

“It is ourselves that we must spread under Christ’s feet, not coats or lifeless branches or shoots of trees… But we have clothed ourselves with Christ’s grace, with the whole Christ – ‘for as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ’ – so let us spread ourselves like coats under his feet.”
(Andrew of Crete, 8th century)

Thanks be to God!

From the Dean’s Desk… Looking for resurrection

Lazarus, Catacomb fresco

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”  (John 11:23-26)

Before the fruit is ripened by the sun,  Lazarus, Juan de Flandes
Before the petals of the leaves uncoil,
Before the first fine silken root is spun,
A seed is dropped and buried in the soil.

Before we gain the grace that comes through loss,
Before we live by more than bread and breath,
Before we lift in joy an empty cross,
We face with Christ the seed’s renewing death.

~ Thomas H. Troeger

Coming soon to us, and us to them, are the highest and holiest days of the Christian year, the year which began with a time of hopeful contemplation on the mystery of the Incarnation, a time we call Advent, a time of wondering at the wonder of the Word become flesh and dwelling among us, anciently and presently and fully and forever at the end of time, whether the end of my personal kronos or at the end of cosmic kronos, the ultimate kairos, or perfect time/ing of God.

Months, if not the winter, have gone by quickly; the 13th of April will be the Sunday of Palm and Passion, the beginning of Holy Week, completed with the Triduum, the single service which takes place in three parts over three days (triduum in Latin):  Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter on what we now call Saturday night, but which, for Jesus’ first disciples, and all observant Jews to this day, is the beginning – with sunset on Saturday – of the new day called Sunday.  Easter Sunday, that day called The Resurrection of Our Lord, continues the celebration, and gets us into the party groove for the next seven weeks – a week of weeks – through the third of the great high Holy-Days of our Christian calendar, the Day of Pentecost.

Here, then, are markers for the final stage of our baptismal pilgrimage to the Cross, and beyond…

Sunday of Palm and Passion:  Sung Eucharist at 10:30 a.m., including Procession with Palms

Maundy Thursday, Triduum, Part I:  Footwashing and Eucharist, 7 p.m.

Good Friday, Triduum Part II:  The Passion According to St. John,
and Adoration of the Crucified, 10:30 a.m.

‘Holy Saturday’ and Triduum Part III:  The Great Vigil of Easter, 8 p.m., with Service of Light, Word, Baptism, and Meal of Thanksgiving (Eucharist)

Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of Our Lord, Sung Eucharist. 10:30 a.m.

Thanks be to God!

From the Dean’s Desk… Reflecting on darkness and light, blindness and sight

“We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:4-5)

Man born blind, Brian Jekel

There is no darkness there,
But only light most bright;
There is no blindness there,
But only holy sight.

There is no lostness there,
But only home’s delight;
There is no suffering there,
But only end of night.

There is no here and there,
But only God’s invite;
There is no judgement there,
But only grace outright.

There is no hatred there,
But only love’s great height;
There is no sorrow there,
But only Christ, love’s light.

Thanks be to God!

From the Dean’s Desk… 24 March 1980

We remember with thanksgiving the life and witness of the Martyr,
Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvador.  Presente!

Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’  John 4:13-14

++Oscar Romero was martyred on March 24th, 1980, gunned down at the altar while he celebrate the Eucharist, by the military dictatorship of the time.  He had argued relentlessly, fearlessly for the rights of the poor and the oppressed of El Salvador, and was seen as a clear and present danger to those in power, the wealthy few families of the country, who controlled the military also.  Archbishop Romero followed his Lord Jesus to the cross, and died for the love of God, for the love of human beings.  Thirty four years later his own passion/suffering and death bear clear witness to the love of God in Christ Jesus; death has not silenced him any more than it silenced his Lord and Master.

“For the church, the many abuses of human life, liberty and dignity are a heartfelt suffering.  The church, entrusted with the earth’s glory, believes that in each person is the Creator’s image and that everyone who tramples it offends God.  As the holy defender of God’s rights and of God’s images, the church must cry out.  It takes as spittle in its face, as lashes on its back, as the cross in its passion, all that human beings suffer, even though they be unbelievers.  They suffer as God’s images.  Whoever tortures a human being, whoever abuses a human being, whoever outrages a human being abuses God’s image, and the church takes as its own that cross, that martyrdom.”

Thanks be to God!


Requiescat in pace, Karen Ida Beatty

Karen Beatty, obitKAREN IDA BEATTY Fighting with all she had, Karen died on March 12, 2014 at the Concordia Hospital. She is survived by her best friend and husband, Wayne, sister Marlene (Dieter) Klein, her favourite nieces Kaitlin (fiancé Wyatt), Adrienne, and her favourite nephew Curt Fraser (Rhonda) and their three sons, Casey, Jesse and Luke of St. Louis. She was predeceased by her parents Gus and Ida Wagner, and her in-laws Gilmour and Thelma Beatty, Barry and Paul Beatty. Karen was born in Winnipeg and attended East Kildonan schools. She trained at Success Business College and then worked for CP Rail for 35 years. She enjoyed spending time at the cottage in Matlock. She travelled extensively and always had a wonderful group of close-knit friends. She was a member of St. John’s Cathedral, serving ten years as envelope secretary, and two years as secretary to vestry. Karen was diagnosed with cancer on October 11, 2013 and after many tests to find the source, had her first and only chemo on February 3, 2014, which was far too late. Cremation has taken place, and burial will follow at a later date.

A Requiem Eucharist will be held in St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave. on Saturday, March 15 at 1:00 p.m. The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson will preach and officiate; The Rev. Brian Ford will preside at the Eucharist. A light lunch will be served immediately following the worship service, downstairs in the John West Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wayne and Karen Beatty Fund (for the Cemetery Fund at St. John’s Cathedral) at The Winnipeg Foundation 1350, One Lombard Place, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X3. 204-586-8044
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From the Dean’s Desk… Lent Two – On dying in the LORD: For Karen Beatty

Karen Beatty 2
The LORD will preserve you from all evil and will keep your life.  
The LORD will watch over your going out and your coming in,
from this time forth forevermore.  (Psalm 121:7-8)

I’m writing this on Wednesday afternoon, March 12th.  This morning our much loved sister and friend Karen Beatty died, after a struggle with cancer.  Just last week her status was changed officially to ‘palliative care’ and this morning, today already, she died.  I’ve been sick this week with a bad cough, so I asked our Honorary Assistant, The Rev. Brian Ford, to stop by and anoint Karen and bless her.  He did that, gladly.  Thank you, Brian, thank you!

Some might argue, some do, in fact, that the LORD did not preserve Karen from all evil.  But I believe they are wrong.  Cancer took Karen’s life, took Karen, from her beloved husband, Wayne, and from all of us, and took her far too soon.  This was not God’s will.  It was cancer.  This is a miserable disease which is a real symbol, deadly, in fact, of the brokenness of creation itself:  The creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now.  (Romans 8:21-22)

But Karen, the beloved child of God, was and is preserved from all evil, and her life is safe forever, right where she placed her faith all that life long, in the presence of God, through Jesus Christ her Lord.

I visited her a couple of times her first week in hospital (she didn’t make it through the second week, that’s how fast it progressed), and both times, once with her dear sister Marlene, and once with her beloved Wayne, she eagerly received Holy Communion; she was hungry and thirsty for the body and blood of her Lord, hungry and thirsty for his healing presence and the power of his love.  But then, for the Karen I knew, that was not something different.  Her faith sustained her through life, and it sustained her in her dying.

Now we entrust her to God; ‘from this time forth and forevermore’ she is safe in the arms of Jesus, safe in the love of God which is stronger than death, stronger even than our grief, our sorrow, our pain at her death.  We mourn her dying; we will miss her.  But we entrust her with joyful thanksgiving to God, and we embrace her husband, our brother and friend, Wayne.  Sisters and brothers, this is what it’s all about.

Father, I long, I faint to see
The place of thine abode;
I’d leave thine earthly courts, and flee
Up to thy seat, my God!
Here I behold thy distant face,
And ‘tis a pleasing sight,
But to abide in thine embrace,
Is infinite delight. 
(Early American hymn)

Thanks be to God!

From the Dean’s Desk… Lent One


Ash Wednesday-14


AS A SIGN OF REPENTANCE:  In the Hebrew Scriptures, what we call the Old Testament, ashes are used as a sign of humility and repentance.  People know that they have sinned before God and so they mark themselves with ashes.  Ashes, in Jewish and Christian contexts, suggest judgement and God’s condemnation of sin.

AS A REMINDER OF MORTALITY:  When we hear the words from Genesis 3, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” we are reminded forcefully of our mortality and the words of the committal in the burial service, “…earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”  One day those words will be said over us; that doesn’t need to be morbid, but it is a powerful reminder that we are not God, and so Lent is time to give up our idolatry, even, maybe especially, of ourselves.

AS A SYMBOL OF CLEANSING AND RENEWAL:  Ashes were once used as a cleansing agent in the absence of soap, and so they remind us that we need to be cleansed of our sin, as indeed we are in baptism.  A further example of death and renewal is the custom of burning fields so as to destroy the old and prepare the new, to clear away the clutter of the past and in doing so to enrich the ground for a new future.

AS A VISIBLE SIGN OF BAPTISM, A GRACEFUL REMINDER OF WHOSE WE ARE:  Baptism is a primary emphasis of Lent and ashes have sometimes been understood as penitential substitute for water as a sign of baptism; as water both stifles and refreshes, drowns and makes alive, so the ashes also tell of both death and renewal.  Perhaps more importantly, the cross of ashes reminds us vividly that in baptism we were signed with the cross of Christ, forever, and that we always bear that sign on our brows.  We belong to Christ, and so there is joy for the journey, not just of Lent, but of life.


LENT is from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “springtime” and so is to be understood as the holy springtime of the soul, a time for preparation, planting, and growth.

Ash Wednesday-6

Like the father of the prodigal son (this story is one of the Lenten gospel readings, last year), God invites us to return home.  Lent isProdigal-Son_Frank-Wesley_India a time for self-examination and repentance, but repentance always understood in its most graceful sense:  a turning away from death, and death-dealing habits and lifestyles, and a turning toward life, the abundant life given in Jesus Christ our Lord.

From a very early time in the history of the church of Christ, Lent was a time set aside for those people preparing for baptism (and originally they were almost all adults) to undergo instruction in the mysteries of the faith.  They were then baptized at the Great Vigil of Easter, the first service of Easter, after sunset on Holy Saturday – in the Jewish worldview the new day begins at sunset, and so for the earliest Christians, all of them Jewish, Easter actually began on Saturday night.

The season of Lent is a period of time set aside to help all Christians prepare to remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord.  Lent prepares us for the great events of Easter, the centre of our faith.  Lent is not so much a chunk of the calendar as it is an opportunity for pilgrimage, for all of us who are baptized into Christ to remember that baptism and examine closely its relationship to our lives, to journey together with Christ to the cross where our sin is put to death, and to the empty tomb, where we are given new life in the risen Christ.

Signposts on the journey include the disappearance of the Alleluia and the Gloria, to Resurrection, Piero della Francescaremind us of the solemnity of the season.  Traditionally, flowers are not included in worship spaces for the same reason.  The colour of the season is violet or purple, for repentance.  The season is 40 days long (excluding Sundays), even as Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness preparing for his ministry, and the people of Israel wandered 40 years in the wilderness, preparing to enter the Promised Land.

 Much of this material is adapted from ‘Manual on the Liturgy: Lutheran Book of Worship’ Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1979