All Saints / All Souls
21st Sunday after Pentecost
Week Commencing 2nd November 2014
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God is love,
and in the saints
the Holy Spirit is love.
Dwelling in the Holy Spirit,
the saints behold hell and embrace it,
too, in their love.
St. Arets Silouan of Mount Athos
I was very interested in the response I got from my article from two weeks ago. Two people still complained about ‘being told what to do!’ One of them then proceeded to tell me of things I do wrong:-) So I thought for the next few weeks I would try and explore what we are doing when we pray?
One of the starting points of prayer is the desire to praise and thank God because of his great kindness and mercy. In contemplating Jesus, we discover that God’s love is not only creative but also overwhelmingly self-sacrificing. Jesus loved us even as we nailed him to the cross.
If we allow the desire for “we know not what” to draw us more and more into a relationship of mutual love with God, then we will, I believe, gradually take as our own that wonderful prayer so dear to St Francis Xavier that begins “O God, I love you, and not because I hope for heaven thereby.”
Gerald Manley Hopkins translated the prayer thus:
I love thee, God, I love thee—
Not out of hope for heaven for me
Nor fearing not to love and be
In the everlasting burning.
Thou, my Jesus, after me
Didst reach thine arms out dying,
For my sake suffered nails and lance,
Mocked and marred countenance,
Sorrows passing number,
Sweat and care and cumber,
Yea and death, and this for me,
And thou couldst see me sinning:
Then I, why should not I love thee,
Jesu so much in love with me?
Not for heaven’s sake, not to be
Out of hell by loving thee;
Not for any gains I see;
But just the way that thou didst me
I do love and will love thee.
What must I love thee, Lord, for then?
For being my King and God. Amen.
More contemporary translations of this can be found in most decent hymn books under the first line, ‘My God I love thee not because.’ Sadly Common Praise seems to have overlooked this one!
Music Today: Tomás Luis de Victoria
In 1565 Victoria traveled to Italy and worked in various Roman ecclesiastical institutions, until he returned to Spain in 1587. The motet, O quam gloriosum, first published in 1572, comes from his middle of his Roman period. Victoria eagerly incorporated Roman compositional style into his Spanish musical background, possibly something he learned studying composition with Palestrina. In O quam gloriosum, one hears the hallmarks of Roman style: the juxtaposition of homophonic sections, in which voices sing in the same rhythm, against sections of more elaborate imitation. In this way, artists and composers could both alter as well as uphold national styles as they moved through different artistic contexts.
No Bible Study This Week
The next bible study will be on Tuesday, November 11th . Please contact Fr Michael Fuller for more information about this group.
Anglicanism 101: Why is there water in the font located in the narthex (entrance)?
It is in this font that most of the people here at St John’s were baptized. This is where they received the water of new life and where they, or someone on their behalf, made their baptismal covenant. So, water remains in the font to remind us of our baptismal covenant as we enter the church. The custom is to dip the fingers of your right hand in the water and make the sign of the cross on your breast, thus reminding ourselves in a real way that we are followers of Jesus Christ.
The second question was: Why do you put water in the chalice with the wine? Well, it is not to dilute the wine, but to remind us of the fact that when the soldier put the lance in our Lord’s side, water and blood flowed out.
Usually the following prayer is said by the priest:
‘By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the Divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.’
Fr Michael Forshaw
Move your clocks back this Saturday night
Everyone gets an extra hour of sleep on November 2nd!
Flu Clinic Next Sunday Nov 9th at SJS After 10am Service
Have you had your flu shot yet? Bring your CareCard.
Heart of the City Festival
Events at St James’ Church, 303 E Cordova @ Gore
Saturday, November 1
All Saints Day Mass 10:30 am
The High Mass Choir will be singing the mass setting Missa aeterna Christi munera (1590) by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.
Open House 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Organ demonstration 12:30 pm
Guided tour of the church 1:15 pm
Animated reading of The Second Shepherds’ Play 2:00 pm Directed by UBC English professor Dr. Leslie Arnovick.
Historian and photographer Christine Hatfull exhibits new photographs of the ongoing architectural project across the street. She is recording the transformation from the church’s bell tower as the former Remand Centre is re-purposed into social housing. The Saint James Music Academy entertains throughout the day.
Monday, November 3
All Souls Day Mass 6:30 pm
The High Mass Choir sings the transcendent Requiem, op.9 (1947) by Maurice Duruflé.
Looking Ahead to Early 2015 – mark your calendars
* Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - Ash Wednesday
* Sunday, March 29, 2015 - Palm Sunday
* Thursday, April 2, 2015 – Maundy Thursday
* Friday, April 3, 2015 - Good Friday
* Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Holy Saturday
* Sunday, April 5, 2015 - Easter Sunday
* Thursday, May 14, 2015 - AscensionDay
* Sunday, May 24, 2015 - Pentecost Sunday
* Sunday, May 31, 2015 - Trinity Sunday
* June 7, 2015 - Corpus Christi (transferred)
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