Sunday, March 28th, 2021
Palm/Passion Sunday

Readings: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:53-15:20

Christ Church Cathedral Livestream - 10:30 a.m.

Christ Church Cathedral Bulletin

Officiant Dean Beth Bretzlaff
Celebrant  Canon Hilary Murray
Gospeller The Reverend Victoria Scott
Preacher Canon Doug Richards
Readers  Madeleine Gomery, Bonnie Kettel
Cantors Jessica Wilson, Katriona Lane
Organist James Calkin

Latest provincial and Diocesan direction means that we can have 10 people in attendance for livestreaming. It is good to be able to include one reader from the Cathedral, and one from St. Luke's!

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 Palm/Passion Sunday
Pausing for Prayer: A Weekday Liturgy of the Word

Take a moment during the day to pause, pray and reflect as you journey through Lent. These services will be posted each week during Lent and will be offered in the same format as we presented at the beginning of the pandemic. The Order of Service will be posted with links to audio files.

As an online resource, you may choose to make them part of your weekly Lenten routine at a time that is most appropriate for you. Rev. Victoria was glad to collaborate with Dean Beth Bretzlaff in preparing this liturgy. We hope you will enjoy these offerings and take comfort in these gifts.

CLICK HERE to connect with Pausing for Prayer

A Virtual Musical Offering

Prelude:  Benedictus  (Max Reger)   
Hymn 181:  All Glory, Laud and Honour
Postlude:  Prelude on ‘All Glory, Laud and Honour (Georg Friedrich Kauffmann)

Since the death of J. S. Bach in 1750, the amount of organ music by German composers is shamefully small. Besides Mendelssohn there are a few pieces by Mozart, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms.  Max Reger (1873-1916) was organist at the University Church in Leipzig and he also taught at the Leipzig Conservatory.  Dating from 1901, Reger’s Benedictus has a wide range of mood and dynamics: from a mystical, quiet beginning and then building in intensity and volume to the celebratory hosannas using all the organ’s resources before it ends as quietly as it began.
What would Palm Sunday be without beginning with the hymn All Glory, Laud and Honour? The original text was written by Bishop Theodulf of Orléans (c. 750-821) while he was imprisoned at Angers, France, for conspiring against King Louis the Pious. An unsubstantiated story from the early sixteenth century states that in a Palm Sunday procession King Louis passed the prison in which Theodulph was housed and heard the imprisoned bishop singing this hymn. It was translated into English by John Mason Neale in 1854. The tune WILL ICH DER GEBEN was composed by Melchior Teschner (1584-1635) and first published in 1615. Teschner served as cantor in the Lutheran church in Fraustadt, and from 1614 until his death he was pastor of the church in Oberpritschen. Now that tune is often named ST. THEODULPH because of its association with the text, it wasn’t until the 1870s when the text All Glory, Laud and Honour was first paired with the tune St. Theodulph on both sides of the Atlantic: England’s Hymns Ancient & Modern and the U S Episcopal Church’s Hymnal. With the first two lines of text serving as a refrain, the result has also been that we end the hymn in the middle of the hymn tune!
Georg Friedrich Kauffmann (1679-1735) was organist at the cathedral in Merseburg and was beat out by J S Bach for St. Thomas’s Church in Leipzig in 1723. His Prelude on ‘All Glory, Laud and Honour’ features the melody in the top voice.


In a Dark Time

Do not rush to make meaning.
When you smile and say what purpose
this all serves, you deny grief
a room inside you,
you turn from thousands who cross
into the Great Night alone,
from mourners aching to press
one last time against the warm
flesh of their beloved,
from the wailing that echoes
in the empty room.

When you proclaim who caused this,
I say pause, rest in the dark silence
first before you contort your words
to fill the hollowed out cave,
remember the soil will one day
receive you back too.
Sit where sense has vanished,
control has slipped away,
with futures unravelled,
where every drink tastes bitter
despite our thirst.

When you wish to give a name
to that which haunts us,
you refuse to sit
with the woman who walks
the hospital hallway, hears
the beeping stop again and again,
with the man perched on a bridge
over the rushing river.
Do not let your handful of light
sting the eyes of those
who have bathed in darkness.

(Christine Valters Paintner)
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 Demelo (long-time Community Ministries staff member); Charles (brother of Dianne Parsonage); all who suffer discrimination based on race; all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; all those on our hearts.

Our Diocese
Shane, our Bishop; Area Parish of the Valley, The Right Reverend Michael Bird, The Reverend Matthew Brown, The Reverend Canon Susan Clifford, The Reverend Gillian Hoyer and all in our diocese living under religious vows. 

Our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem
  Archbishop Suheil Dawani, and their Coadjutor Bishop; Saviour Church, Kufr-Yasif, Israel. 

The Anglican Church of Canada
Linda, our Primate; Anne, our Metropolitan; The theological colleges and training programs within the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada: The Atlantic School of Theology, Montreal Diocesan Theological College and Queen’s College.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada  
Susan, National Bishop; The dean, council, and congregations of the Northwestern Ontario Area of the Manitoba-Northwestern Ontario Synod. 
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

Resources and Information for Holy Week
Christ Church Cathedral - Partnering with St. Luke's: LIve-Streamed Services for Holy Week

On the Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa YouTube channel

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

Holy Monday
12 Noon Sung Eucharist

Holy Tuesday
12 Noon Sung Eucharist  

Holy Wednesday
12 Noon Sung Eucharist  

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

 A Resource for Holy Week

Holy Week Tenebrae: A Home-Based Devotional: This resource blends a traditional Tenebrae service with a home-based approach - a kind of “Advent wreath in reverse,” engaging the key stories and themes of the week in a fresh, familiar new way. Rev. Victoria has purchased this for the St. Luke's community to use, and you can access it here.


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.
Nineteen of us enjoyed Gerry Dalton's talk on gardening this past Thursday -- designing, planting, caring for, and the spiritual side of gardening.  Many thanks Gerry!
Maundy Thursday April 1 2:30 - 3:30, please join story time with Susan Kehoe on Labyrinths
Hope to see you there.
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!


An Affirmation

We believe that flowers need the rain.
We believe that humans need community.
We believe that bodies need rest.
We believe that hearts need connection.
We believe that mornings need sunrise.
We believe that seasons need change.
We believe that grief needs space.
We believe that change needs time.
We believe that love needs security.
We believe that pain needs art.
We believe that joy needs company.
We believe that our spirits need God.
Again and again, our spirits need God. Fortunately for us, we trust that
God is here.
God is at work in our lives.
God is a lighthouse keeper that never gives up.
Thanks be to God.


(“Prayer by Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC |”)

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 are now receiving vaccines, which is very good news indeed.

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

A Construction Update

Work on the showers, washrooms and laundry renovations continues steadily again this week.

Little did Rev. Victoria know that one day her work wardrobe would include both a clerical collar and a hard hat! 
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


Palm Sunday

Now to the gate of my Jerusalem,

The seething holy city of my heart,

The saviour comes. But will I welcome him?

Oh crowds of easy feelings make a start;

They raise their hands, get caught up in the singing,

And think the battle won. Too soon they’ll find

The challenge, the reversal he is bringing

Changes their tune. I know what lies behind

The surface flourish that so quickly fades;

Self-interest, and fearful guardedness,

The hardness of the heart, its barricades,

And at the core, the dreadful emptiness

Of a perverted temple. Jesus come

Break my resistance and make me your home.

(Malcolm Guite)

Additional Information and Resources

Compline during Lent

Compline during Lent

Christ Church Cathedral will offer an online version of Compline during Lent, continuing next Friday, March 5th at 9 pm with Canon Doug Richards and Andrew McAnerney. This weekly offering will be available on our YouTube channel (click on the button below at the time of the service) and will continue to March 26th.

CLICK HERE to join Compline


Welcome to “Strange New World,” a show about understanding the Bible, the world’s most influential, misunderstood book — a podcast tailor-made for skeptics, believers, and everybody in between.

The Easter story is full of big, bold reversals - but there’s one in particular that’s hidden under the skin of the story, and it just might be the most subversive of them all. Find out more about SNW here.

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Spiritual Disciplines - A Lenten Study

Join Canon Doug Richards for a series of weekly podcasts, daily scripture readings, and a few ‘digging deeper questions’ to look at the what the discipline is, some scriptural foundations, and some practical ways to live into the discipline.

Each session is offered as a podcast. CLICK HERE to access podcasts - now available.


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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To Keep in Your Prayers
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