Labour Day to June 30:
• Sundays 8:00 am - Holy Eucharist, followed by fellowship & refreshments
• Sundays 10:30 am - Holy Eucharist, followed by fellowship & refreshments
• Wednesdays 10:00 am - Holy Eucharist, followed by fellowship & refreshment
July 1 to Labour Day
• Sundays 9:30 am Holy Eucharist
A group of people committed to intercessory prayer meets from September to June on Wednesdays at 11 am. in the church sanctuary. All welcome.
Are you looking for a peaceful oasis? Come and walk the paved labyrinth in the beautiful courtyard garden outside St Aidan’s Church.
Access is off the 955 Wingate Drive side of the church.
A labyrinth is a spiral path that leads, without blocks or dead-ends, to the centre and back out again. Christians use labyrinths as a tool to help us pray to God – for inspiration, forgiveness, guidance, comfort, strength – whatever it is we are seeking.
Labyrinths can be found across the world, some very ancient and some newly built. In the Middle Ages, labyrinths came to be incorporated into churches as a way of ‘making a pilgrimage’ for those unable to travel long distances.
How do you ‘pray the labyrinth’? Holding a prayer or intention in your heart, step onto the path and slowly make your way to the centre, encountering each twist and turn of the labyrinth as it comes. Speak and listen to God as you walk. Then spend some time in the centre to receive what God has for you. Finally, slowly make your way back out through the winding pathway to the place where you began.
Because St Aidan’s Labyrinth is small, consider walking the labyrinth three times with a full ‘round’ around the outside of the labyrinth between each circuit. This is called a ‘Celtic Walk’ in honour of the Celtic church’s emphasis on the three-fold nature of God. A Celtic Walk takes approximately 15- 25 minutes depending on the pace you set.
Be sure to take time to rest on one of the stone benches in the garden: to pray, to reflect on your labyrinth walk or simply to take in the beauty of the garden. May your time in St Aidan’s Labyrinth be blessed.
(photo: Sunday School bulletin board)
Each Sunday from September to the end of June St. Aidan’s Choir leads the congregation singing during the 10.30 a.m. liturgy, as well as singing praise and devotional songs during communion. They and their Choir director Téa Mamaladze invite newcomers to join them for rehearsals prior to the liturgy on Sunday morning. If you are interested, speak to Téa following a liturgy.
Whether you sing in a choir or not, you will find that the music Téa provides will inspire the worship you offer to God on Sunday mornings. She blends emotional expressiveness with technical mastery, having earned a Doctorate of Music at McGill University in Montréal in 2008. In addition to being an exceptionally gifted pianist and organist, Téa has a rare ability of being able to inspire all of those with whom she comes in contact, regardless of their musical interest. Come out and hear the Holy Spirit expressed in music and song.
In 1974 one of Canada’s leading sculptors, Bruce Garner, was commissioned to create a piece of art for St Aidan’s which would be compatible with the church’s architecture. He designed a magnificent abstract sculpture to enhance the beauty and peaceful atmosphere of the sanctuary. It was designed to be illuminated from within by white light. The sculpture was deliberately left untitled so creative license could be used to interpret its spiritual meaning.
In the words of Mr. Garner, “Creative activity always has a spiritual quality and I feel it arrogant to personify it usually except as a pure stream of consciousness – in this case the artist becomes a medium”. And so his heart and hands created the serene and flowing lines of this fine piece of art that hangs in the sanctuary.
Bruce Garner’s work appears in many places in the City of Ottawa including the mural in the foyer of the Ottawa General Hospital and the doors of the Ottawa Convention Centre. Mr. Garner died on October 2, 2012.
St Aidan’s sculpture was donated to the parish by Hedley and Myrtle Gable to glory of God and in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Scharf and Mr. and Mrs. Chessman Gable.
Incense has been offered to God in Jewish and Christian worship since biblical days, as it was in most other religions in the Mediterranean basin and further east. The Bible (Exodus 30:1-9) says the high priest was commanded to offer incense to God twice a day – morning and evening. This was done both when the people lived in the wilderness as well as after the first and second temples were built in Jerusalem.
After the second temple was destroyed in 70 C.E. there was a temporary pause in the practice when Christians began to be persecuted by the Romans for refusing to offer incense to the Roman Emperor. Once Christianity became legal, Christians resumed the practice of offering incense to God, now including Jesus Christ in their understanding of the divine.
Following the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century the practice of offering incense became much less common in Protestant and Anglican churches, as many signs of supposedly ‘catholic’ worship were destroyed. In the late 19th century Anglicans began to reexamine and value customs such as candles on the altar, priestly vestments, church flowers, gospel processions, the ringing of bells and the occasional use of incense.
Such things are not required in Christian worship but, when offered to God’s glory, they both enrich people’s worship experience and express our love for God. The parish of Saint Aidan values its long-standing use of incense on high holy days and we trust that our offering honours God as it is intended to.