Choirs at Christ Church Cathedral: Connecting to the divine through song

At Christ Church Cathedral, the connection between spirit and song is well established. The Anglican choral tradition has been maintained here throughout the centuries and singing continues to be a regular part of services. Did you know that singing is good for your health? Would you like to know how far (or how high) the Cathedral choir would go to uplift the community in difficult times? Read on and discover why music is one of the pillars of the Cathedral’s ministry and how your donations to the Major Fundraising Campaign can help keep the tradition alive.

“Those who sing pray twice.” St. Augustine of Hippo

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According to the authors of The Anglican Musical Tradition: Introduction, in the Anglican Church, song is akin to prayer. One sings not to entertain, but to join with others in an offering to God. Moreover, this connection is considered to work both ways: given that God created the elements of music (time, tone and timbre), composers use divine tools when they, in turn, create. The Church also considers that as it is a means of communion and communication, song is an attribute of God made manifest in the world. Anglican theology also recognizes that music serves to connect us with the divine and with each other. In the context of services and celebrations, it is the free will offering of a congregation that opens it up to receive the Grace of God. Continue reading “Choirs at Christ Church Cathedral: Connecting to the divine through song”

Truth and Reconciliation: A Look Back on Five Years of Commitment to Social Justice

It’s been five years since Christ Church Cathedral’s Social Justice Action Group (“SJAG”) started working with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (“TRC”). During this time, they have taken action to make amends for the suffering caused by Canada’s residential school system. In honour of this five-year anniversary, Rising Up! presents a short overview of the history of residential schools and a timeline of the group’s efforts to mitigate their residual effects. Continue reading “Truth and Reconciliation: A Look Back on Five Years of Commitment to Social Justice”

Montreal’s treasured Christ Church Cathedral a testament to 19th-century Anglican modesty, says restoration expert Julia Gersovitz

The cornerstone for Christ Church Cathedral was laid in 1859, during a period marked by great popular interest in the Middle Ages. Tennyson wrote the Arthurian-themed Sir Lancelot and Idylls of the King. William Morris’ company began production of furnishings with medieval themes. Aristocratic British families had themselves painted in 14th- and 15th-century dress. The popularity of Gothic Revival architecture reflected a yearning for the spirituality associated with the early church. Rising Up! spoke to Julia Gersovitz, who is heading up the restoration of Christ Church Cathedral, to sound her out on the importance and appeal of the Cathedral’s architecture. Continue reading “Montreal’s treasured Christ Church Cathedral a testament to 19th-century Anglican modesty, says restoration expert Julia Gersovitz”