Ringing the Bells 1181 times for Missing, Murdered, Indigenous Women

We rang the Cathedral bells today 1181 times for 1181 MMIW.  We rang in memory, in honour, in hope.

CBC News was here and filmed a piece around #22Days and the bell ringing and the commitment of the Anglican Church of Canada to continuing the journey of healing and reconciliation, even if the official work of the TRC is now done. We are told it will feature on The National tonight, maybe even be part of the lead story. Tune in and find out. And remember, this ending is only the beginning.

Ted rings the bells for MMIW


Sunday, May 31st, 2015
I will not leave you orphans, aboriginalA Prayer Service at this Cathedral as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission begins its final meeting in Ottawa. Please join us if you can; all are welcome.  Our worship is Anglican but there will be some Traditional elements.


Smudging available at 4 p.m., on both sides of the Cathedral, just outside each of the main entrances.
Thank you, Velma and Ko’ona!


Our time of prayer will begin at 4:30 p.m.
There will be the Four Songs, one before you come and three in our time together; thank you Coco and Ko’ona!
Bishop Don will read The Apology of 1993 and then do some sharing as we look to a new future together.
Thank you to The Rev. Deacon Michele Barr, ELCIC, for playing the piano and for The Rev. Tyler Gingrich, ELCIC.


Following the service all are invited dowstairs to the Cathedral Hall for a time of sharing and conversation, with fresh bannock, butter, jam, coffee, tea, and other treats.  Thank you Bernice Desmarais.  And Wallace Demarais for everything!  Many thanks to the Cathedral people for hosting!  You are wonderful!


Here we as Anglicans will reaffirm our commitment to the long journey still needed, into truth-telling and healing and reconciliation.  Here we will ask the Creator’s help, and the presence of our Brother, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is the great Healer.

Xp and Apostles, John Giuliani
Please come and join us, whether you are Anglican, or other Christian, or Traditional Indigenous, or something else. As Anglicans we commit to the road ahead, and we understand that this ending is only the beginning.  Please come and join us, come and bear witness, help us to keep our promise.



Jerusalem Sunday 2015 – Easter 7


The Seventh Sunday of Easter is Jerusalem Sunday in the Anglican Church of Canada. We remember our partners, our sisters and brothers, in the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem, with Archbishop Suheil Dawanni and Dean Hosam Naoum, and all their people in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. There will be opportunity on Sunday to give a special offering which will go to support the Diocese, especially its health-care institutions. Look for the envelope in your bulletin and give as generously as you are able. Thanks very much! Shukran iqtir.


Preaching and presiding at the Cathedral will be the Rev. Julie Collings, with deep gratitude from the Dean, who is home sick, but expects to be back soon after a couple days of good rest.  Thank you, Julie!   THERE IS NO DEAN’S FORUM ON SUNDAY, MAY 17.  SUNG EUCHARIST AS USUAL AT 10:30 A.M.

Jerusalem Sunday on May 17, 2015, is the second annual church observance to celebrate companionship in God’s mission between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.  The Diocese is a historic and active member of the Christian, ecumenical and interfaith community of the Middle East.  It is home to several thousand Arab Anglicans in thirty parishes and situated in one of the world’s holiest destinations for Christian, Jewish and Muslim pilgrims.

IMG_6324Regrettably, few religious tourists to the Holy Land today encounter Palestinian and other Arab Christians, or visit a parish church, school or hospital.  Jerusalem Sunday introduces us to the ‘living stones’ of the local Anglican church, to the descendants of the first Christian communities indigenous to the region.  Jerusalem Sunday is an opportunity to meet Arab sisters and brothers in Christ in the Anglican Communion, and hear them talk about discipleship in the 21st century.

IMG_7098The ministries of the Diocese of Jerusalem bring hope, skills, health, a peaceful future to those they serve.  Jerusalem Sunday is also an opportunity for Anglicans in Canada to send a measure of financial support to these ministries, especially the Penman Medical Clinic, Zababdeh, in the northern area of the West Bank.  The Penman Clinic, housed in the parish of St. Mathew, is a busy gathering place for townspeople, villagers and farmers seeking diagnostic tests, examinations and medical consultation.  It is the only clinic for many miles around, serving thousands of families per year.  Many who receive treatment in this and other diocesan institutions haven’t the money to pay for tests and prescriptions. The Directors of the Diocese’s medical ministries plan to relocate the Penman Clinic into its own building, refurbished with additional consultation rooms, diagnostic equipment and health care workers.  This will become a reality through the generous support of local, regional and international companions.

We can support the work of the Penman Clinic in Zababdeh on Sunday May 17 through a special Parish offering or Gifts for Mission.

Please write in the cheque memo:  Jerusalem Sunday 2015.  A tax receipt will be issued for all gifts over $10.  Again, thanks!  And God bless you with peace.  Salaam aleikum.


The Second Sunday of Easter – Thomas our Twin

“Without the clear witness of God’s own Word, Jesus Christ, we would be left only with an awesome and distant God, all powerful and forever and only mysterious, the dread deity, not of sunny golf courses, but of tsunami, tornado and earthquake.”  From today’s sermon, by Dean Paul N. Johnson

NO DEAN’S FORUM TODAY (Resumes next Sunday, 19 April)

Sung Eucharist for Easter 2, 10:30 a.m.

Christ is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

First worship of Easter – The Great Vigil, tonight, 8 p.m.

The Great Vigil of Easter at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral
Tonight, Saturday, 4 April, 8 p.m.
135 Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg



“Joy to all creatures, honour, feasting, delight.
Dark death is destroyed
and life is restored everywhere.
The gates of heaven are open.
God has shown himself human,
humanity has gone up to him a God.
The gates of hell God has shattered,
the bars of Adam’s prison broken.
The people of the world below have risen
     from the dead,
bringing good news:
what was promised is fulfilled.
From the earth has come singing and dancing.”

Attributed to Hippolytus, 3rd century


Maundy Thursday, A New Commandment

Footwashing_Jesus washing his disciples feet-Dinah Rose

“That is why we preach this way. We wish to shake our baptized people out of habits that threaten to make them practically baptized pagans, idolaters of their money and power. What sort of baptized persons are these? Those who want to bear the mark of the Spirit and the fire that Christ baptizes with must take the risk of renouncing everything and seeking only God’s reign and justice.”

Oscar Arnulfo Romero, El Salvador, Martyr – 1980

Worship for Holy Week and Easter

Originally posted on St. John's Anglican Cathedral:


The Triduum (Three Days)


Maundy Thursday, April 2, 8:00 p.m.
Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19,
I Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35
The Rev. Brian Ford, Honorary Assistant, Preaching
The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Dean, Presiding
Stripping of the Altar

Footwashing, Ethiopian

Good Friday, April 3, 10:30 a.m.
Isaiah 52:13–53:12, Psalm 22,
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9, John 18:1–19:42
The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Dean, Presiding
Tenebrae – Into the Darkness of Death
Reading of the Passion According to St. John
Adoration of the Crucified


Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil, April 4, 8:00 p.m.
Genesis 1:1-2:4A, Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21, Isaiah 55:1-11, Daniel 3:1-29, Psalm 114,
Romans 6:3-11, Mark 16:1-8
The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Dean, Presiding
The Service of Light
The Liturgy of the Word
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist


Easter Sunday:  The Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord
Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 118:1-2;14-24…

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Requiescat in pace – The Rev. Canon Paul W. L. Smith, Ret.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Paul Smith-2Our dear brother, Paul Smith, died early this morning after a short stay in hospital. Early this week he slipped on ice and fell, injuring his head severely. He never recovered. Now we entrust him to God and hold Shirley and their family in our prayers.

The funeral will almost certainly be during Easter Week, that is, after Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of Our Lord. Please stay tuned for further details.  Thanks be to God for his life and ministry.