Christ Church Cathedral - Partnering with St. Luke's: LIve-Streamed Services for Easter

On the Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa YouTube channel

Sunday, April 4th, 2021
Easter Sunday

8:30am Holy Eucharist

Celebrant Canon Doug Richards 
Preacher The Reverend Victoria Scott 
Gospeller Dean Beth Bretzlaff 
Reader Elizabeth Taylor 

10:30am Sung Eucharist

Celebrant Dean Beth Bretzlaff 
Preacher Bishop Shane Parker 
Gospeller Canon Hilary Murray 
Assistant Reverend Victoria Scott 
Readers Katherine Shadbolt, Margaret Capelazo
Cantors  Ellen Mead, Gary Dahl 
Organist  James Calkin 

Information about all Easter services is posted on the Events page of the CCCO website at

A Service of the Word for Those at Home

The following service is offered for those setting aside time for prayer and reflection on Sunday morning.

A Service of the Word for Easter Sunday

A Virtual Musical Offering

Hymn 203:  Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
     Hymn 210: Yours Be the Glory
    Postlude:  March [from the oratorio Judas Maccabæus] (G. F. Handel)

For years we have begun our Easter service with the hymn Jesus Christ Is Risen Today (CP 203) and ended with Yours Be the Glory (CP 210).
Originally written in French (À toi la gloire) by Pastor Edmund Budry, it was first published in the 1885 Chants evangeliques. In 1923, Richard Hoyle translated it into English (Yours Be the Glory).  The hymn tune we know as MACCABÆUS was initially used by Handel in his oratorio Joshua (1747) but he transferred it to his 1746 oratorio Judas Maccabæus in 1751 for the chorus See, the Conquering Hero Comes. What follows this chorus in Judas Maccabæus is the March, which serves as my postlude.

Good Friday Homily

If you missed yesterday's live-stream from the Cathedral, you can listen to Rev. Victoria's homily here. It begins at about the 26 minute mark. Would you rather read it? Click here.

Rev. Victoria reflects on this cross in her Good Friday homily. 

Easter Sunday Homily

Rev. Victoria is preaching at the 8:30 service tomorrow and you are invited to tune in to listen. If you'd rather read her message for this Easter, click here
Our Parish
Our clergy, staff, and members of St. Luke's; participants and staff of St. Luke's Table in this unusual and challenging time

Those on Our Hearts
Brad, Inez, Ken, Sarah, Bryan W.; Ron; Kathleen; Liz; Charles; Lyton; Laura; Irene; all who suffer discrimination based on race; all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; all those on our hearts.

We hold Bill and family in our hearts and in our prayers this week, as it marked the anniversary of Hilda's passing.

We hold Bonnie and family in our hearts and in our prayers this week, as it marked the anniversary of David's passing.

We celebrate and give thanks with Heather and John Mallett as they celebrate and give thanks for 60 years of marriage on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021. Many blessings to you, Heather and John!

Faith leaders are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. Rev. Victoria and family give thanks that she will receive her first shot this coming Wednesday!

Our Diocese
Shane, our Bishop; St. Mary’s, North March, St. John’s, March, St. Paul’s, Dunrobin and The Reverend Canon John Wilker-Blakley

Our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem
  Archbishop Suheil Dawani, and their Coadjutor Bishop Dr. Hosam Naoum.

The Anglican Church of Canada
Linda, our Primate; Anne, our Metropolitan.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada   
All our sisters and brothers in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and their Bishop, Michael Pryse.
Give - giving made simple

The generosity of all of you who continue to make the extra effort required at this time to offer your financial support is appreciated so very much. It is making all the difference. Thank you!

You can donate online through Canada Helps here

Additional Resources and Information for Easter

The Great Vigil of Easter - From Trinity Wall Street

April 3, 2021, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

This symbol-rich liturgy features candlelit readings, psalms and canticles, renewal of baptismal vows, the First Eucharist of Easter, and festive choral anthems sung by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street.

Streamed live and available for on-demand viewing following the live service. If you miss the live stream, check back later; the on-demand video will be posted shortly. You may also view this service on Facebook.

Episcopal Explained: The Great Vigil of Easter

Click here for a video from Trinity Wall Street explaining this night of transition.

Virtual Gathering 

11 a.m.

All are welcome at this Service of the Word with Lectio divina

Click here for the Zoom link. Click here for the Order of Service.

St. Luke's Storytelling and Social Time
Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom

You're invited to drop in to St. Luke's Story Time
On Zoom
Meeting ID: 844 6491 9588
Passcode: 589593
It's a great place to enjoy deepening friendships with one another through a focused conversation on a topic shared by one of our own.
Thanks so much to Susan Kehoe for sharing about Labyrinths this past Thursday!
Hope to see you on Thursday, April 8th as we hear from Suzanne Rumley about the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF).
Anne Wright and Helen Cathcart


Do you need support?

Each one of us is experiencing these pandemic days in a different way. If you would like to check in, have a conversation, share a laugh or a cry, or be prayed with, please be in touch with Rev. Victoria ( or 613-698-6083) to set up a Zoom meeting or phone conversation.

Would you like to connect with another member of the community but aren’t sure how to reach them? Contact Helen Cathcart at, or leave a message on the church answering machine and we’ll make the connection.

We can get through this together!


A Sonnet for Easter Dawn

He blesses every love which weeps and grieves

And now he blesses hers who stood and wept

And would not be consoled, or leave her love’s

Last touching place, but watched as low light crept

Up from the east. A sound behind her stirs

A scatter of bright birdsong through the air.

She turns, but cannot focus through her tears,

Or recognise the Gardener standing there.

She hardly hears his gentle question ‘Why,

Why are you weeping?’, or sees the play of light

That brightens as she chokes out her reply

‘They took my love away, my day is night’

And then she hears her name, she hears Love say

The Word that turns her night, and ours, to Day.

(Malcolm Guite)


Our Community

St. Luke's Table continues its extended hours to respond to need in the neighbourhood, and remains open 6 days a week with strict safety procedures and protocols in place.

Vaccines are now being those who are homeless and precariously housed, as well as those who are struggling with addiction. Staff have now received vaccines, which is good news indeed!

Please continue to keep St. Luke's Table staff and participants in your prayers.

During the pandemic, Centre 454, The Well and St Luke's Table have
continued to support folks in need following Ottawa Public Health

Now more than ever, many folks are battling isolation and barriers. With
growing demand in the last year, our services and hours have expanded to
meet the need of folks utilizing our day programs, such as showers,
laundry and meals to name a few.  

Donations are needed, including:

Shampoo /Conditioner - travel size is ideal, not necessary 
Disposable razors
M/W underwear - med/large
M/W socks
Body wash- travel size is ideal, not necessary 
Mini packs of tissue
Lip balm

Due to these exceptional times, we are respectfully asking for new items

All donations should be dropped of at: 

The Well 
154 Somerset St. West
Entrance on Somerset St.: please ring doorbell.  
Hours of operation for drop off: 
Mon-Fri 8am-3pm 
Our Diocese

Our Diocese has a new newsletter. Click here to read.

Our National Church
  The Anglican Church Welcomes You

Click here for the latest news from our National Church


Click here to read a recent offering from the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF)

The Sun

Have you ever seen
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone–
and how it glides again

out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance–
and have you ever felt for anything

such wild love–
do you think there is anywhere, in any language
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there
or have you too
turned from this world–

or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?

(Mary Oliver)


St. Luke's Anglican Church
760 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 6P9

Pastoral Emergencies: 613-698-6083

The Reverend Victoria Scott, Incumbent
The Reverend Canon Christine Piper, Honorary Assistant
Sarah Whitehead, Rector's Warden
Helen Cathcart, People's Warden
Robert Jones, Organist and Choir Director


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