This collection of information and resources are offered as we enter into the Paschal Triduum. You can look forward to another newsletter for Easter Sunday. 

The Paschal (Easter) Triduum (“three days”) 

The Paschal (Easter) Triduum (“three days”) includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday commemorates the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper and Jesus's washing of the disciples feet. The word “Maundy” most likely comes from mandatum, meaning “mandate” or “commandment,” in reference to Jesus’ words: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34).

Good Friday

On Good Friday, we remember the events leading up to and including the Crucifixion.

Holy Saturday

On Holy Saturday, we remember the time that Christ spent in the grave.

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, we remember and celebrate the Resurrection. Easter Sunday begins a period of 50 days known as Eastertide — ending with Pentecost Sunday.

A Message From Rev. Victoria

It is difficult to believe that we are apart for a second Holy Week and Easter. As I wrote to you at this time last year, I never imagined that I'd be writing to you again about physical distancing, and of caring for one another by staying at home. Yet, here we are.

I am preaching at the Good Friday service that will be live-streamed from the Cathedral tomorrow. As I prepare for that, I am reflecting on all the emotions we experience in this life, and how Holy Week takes us through all those emotions with its scripture and liturgies. Tonight, Maundy Thursday takes us to the dark emotions of this life: betrayal, abandonment, loneliness. Tomorrow, on Good Friday, we pause in those emotions. We linger with suffering, absence and loss. Yet, we, on this side of the Resurrection, know that the new fire of the Resurrection, and the light of the Risen Christ lightens the darkness, and fuses those dark emotions with light and love. 

I continue to remember you all in my prayers. I continue to miss you all, and to look forward to gathering again at St. Luke's. May this Paschal Triduum be a blessed three days for you. As you experience all the emotions of Holy Week and Easter, and all the emotions of these pandemic days, may God's love hold you, lift you, comfort you, and inspire you.

Love and blessings to you all,
- Victoria+


A Virtual Musical Offering

Ave Verum  (W. A. Mozart)

Prelude: Prelude on ‘O Man, Thy Grievous Sin Bemoan’ (J. S. Bach)
     Hymn: All for Jesus [from The Crucifixion] (John Stainer)
Postlude:  Prelude on ‘O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded’ (Johannes Brahms)

Ave Verum is one of Mozart’s most famous choral works, which our choir has sung several times. Mozart wrote it for Anton Stoll, a friend who was the church musician of St. Stephan in Baden bei Wien (a town near Vienna).

Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book) is a set of 46 chorale preludes for the liturgical year. O Mensch Bewein (O Man, Thy Grievous Sin Bemoan) is based on the chorale that Bach also uses in his St. Matthew Passion.  The organ work features the melody in a very ornamented style.  (The chorale setting, which closes the first half of the St. Matthew Passion, is scored for double choir and orchestra, with the melody sung by a third group of sopranos.)  Here’s a link to hear it:
Sir John Stainer served as organist of St. Paul’s Cathedral from 1872-88, but one of his most famous choral works was The Crucifixion which he composed in 1887.  Interestingly, he intended that it would be within the scope of most parish church choirs and it includes five hymns for congregational participation.  (It was written for the choir of St. Marylebone Parish in London.)  The work closes with the hymn All for Jesus.  In 2012, the St. Luke’s Choir joined forces with the choirs of St. Matthew’s and St. Matthias to perform The Crucifixion at St. Matthew’s.
Written in the last year of his life, Johannes Brahm’s 11 Chorale Preludes for organ includes two settings of the Passion Chorale.  The second setting features the melody in the pedal.  The constant repetition of eighth notes in the lowest voice of the left hand is reminiscent of a heart beat.  A brief section in the middle on a quieter set of stops ends with a long, chromatic descent. 

Christ Church Cathedral - Partnering with St. Luke's: Live-Streamed Services for Holy Week

On the Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa YouTube channel

Orders of Service can be found on the Cathedral website.

Maundy Thursday
7:30 pm Sung Eucharist

Good Friday
12 Noon Solemnity of the Lord's Passion
3:00pm Sacred Concert
9:00pm  Compline for Lent

Easter Sunday
8:30am Holy Eucharist and
10:30am Sung Eucharist

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

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
- C.S. Lewis
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Additional Resources for the Paschal Triduum

Keeping Watch with the Disciples: Resources for Maundy Thursday Vigil

Click here for this resource from Virginia Theological Seminary.

here for this resource from the Church of England.


Learning to Wait In the Dark: A Holy Saturday Reflection

This reflection, by Barbara Brown Taylor is well worth reading again this year. Click here to read it. 


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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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