Canada at 150

 Special events  will be held across the country on July 1 to mark 150 years of Confederation.  For Ottawa, this is a year-long celebration, but July 1 will be the highlight. As we celebrate, reflect on what Canada means to you.

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Saint John the Baptist

John-The-Baptist-PaintingJohn the Baptist had a specific role ordained by God as forerunner or precursor of Jesus, the Messiah. In Luke 1:17 the role of John is referred to as being “to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” In Luke 1:76 as “…thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways” and in Luke 1:77 as being “To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins.”

We celebrate his life and mission on June 24.

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Festival of Flowers 2017

Christ Church Cathedral, in celebration of Pentecost, Canada’s 150th, and Door Open Ottawa, held a Festival of Flowers from June 2-4. They invited altar guilds from other parishes in the Diocese to take part, and St. James Manotick was one of three churches that helped out.

St. James was responsible for decorating the pillars, which involved making 24 arrangements to be placed on the lower and upper levels of the pillars. These photos of the Festival of Flowers show some of the beautiful floral arrangements, with a focus on the pillars.

Photos by Maxine Whelan

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Holy Trinity

Trinity2Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a way the church learned to express who God is. The formulation appears only once in the Bible – when, at the end of the gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells to the disciples to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Thomas Becket (1118–70) was consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury on the Sunday after Pentecost, and his first act was to ordain that the day of his consecration should be held as a new festival in honour of the Holy Trinity. This observance spread from Canterbury throughout the whole of western Christendom.

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