Dr. Tomalin has graciously made his sermons from Holy Week available. Click here Holy Week Sermons 2013 to read.
For more information on Dr. Tomalin click here.
The University of King’s College Chapel is very pleased to announce that the preacher for all Holy Week Services will be Dr. Marcus Tomalin (M.Phil, M.A., Ph.D.), a Fellow of Downing College and an Affiliated Lecturer in English at the University of Cambridge, UK. To read Dr. Tomalin’s description of his diverse academic pursuits, see the Holy Week page.
Palm Cross Making SATURDAY, MARCH 23 | 10AM-12PM Come on out to the Manning Room and make palm crosses in preparation for the Palm Sunday Procession on Sunday, March 24. This is a festive and fun yearly tradition. If you’ve never tried making a palm cross before, drop by and give it a whirl! Coffee and breakfast treats are provided.
Holy Saturday Cleaning of the Chapel SATURDAY, MARCH 30 | 9AM-12PM In preparation for the Great Easter Vigil and the first Solemn Eucharist of Easter, the Chapel calls upon everyone in the community to help prepare this sacred space for the Feast. Many hands make light work. Stop by to lend a helping hand in polishing brass, oiling wood, sweeping the pews, mopping tiles, mending vestments, and sharing in conversation. Coffee and hot cross buns will be provided. All are encouraged to come!
MARCH 23 LUNENBURG MARCH 24 HALIFAX
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The Dalhousie Anglican Society is showing Of Gods and Men as its first-ever film screening, at the Dalhousie Multifaith Centre: (Tomorrow) Sunday @ 7.00 pm.
Fr Gary Thorne will introduce the film, which is about a community of Trappist monks in Algeria who must decide whether to leave their monastery or risk being victims of religious terrorism. The story is based on true events in the 1990′s.
A visit to the inner-city parish at Trinity Church in Saint John, New Brunswick. This visit is an opportunity for King’s students to:
-Witness a parish community’s commitment to befriend those living in poverty in their neighbourhood
-Hear from leaders in government and leaders of support organizations about their approach to tackling issues of poverty and marginalization in a Maritime inner city
-Spend personal time in a safe setting with those who have been marginalized through poverty, hard times, and intellectual disabilities
The group will leave on the morning of Saturday the 23rd and return in the evening of Thursday the 28th. If you are unable to visit for the whole six days, it may be possible to make alternative arrangements. For more information, or if you are interested in participating, please contact Jolanta Lorenc at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today we mark the beginning of our Lenten fast with two services for Ash Wednesday.
“Turn us, O good Lord, and so shall we be turned.”
12 NOON - A simple, 30-minute service with music by the choir. Non-Eucharistic so all can participate. The service will end with the imposition of ashes.
5PM – Choral Evensong, also with the imposition of ashes.
And a poem for the day:
IN ADDITION to the pancake breakfast happening in the morning on Shrove Tuesday, we feast again in the chapel that evening.
On Mardi Gras / Shrove Tuesday we gather at the back of the chapel to ask forgiveness of one another, enjoy a tasty morsel of meat, have a decadent dessert, and share a taste of strong drink. It’s a potluck – bring what you can, whether it be a homemade goodie, a liquid refreshment, or some other rich food or drink. If your life is too hectic to make or purchase anything, that is fine too. The important thing is that you know that you are really welcome to be honoured guests at this small feast.
The gathering begins at 5.50 p.m. (immediately following Capella Regalis Evensong), and anyone remaining at 6.45 p.m. will be thrown out (choir practice begins at 7 p.m.). It is truly a “55-Minute Feast“.
The St. Andrew’s Mission Society (SAMS) invites you to the Manning Room, this Tuesday, February 12 between 11:30 and 1:00 for a PANCAKE BRUNCH! Bring yourselves, your hungry bellies, and a donation to the Metro Non-Profit Housing Association. **There will be gluten free pancakes available! Here’s a link to the Facebook event.
Metro Non-Profit housing is a private, charitable organization that provides permanent, secure housing and support to low income, single individuals in Halifax. Their mission is to assist single adults who have been homeless or at risk of being homeless to create and maintain their homes.
Fr. Roman speaks on Love, Honour, and Glory in St. John’s Gospel. The Chapel has visited the Hermitage for day retreats in the past (see below for info on this year’s trip), but this will be the first time we have “hosted” one of the monks here at King’s. Fr. Roman is a gentle and pious soul, a wonderful story-teller and teacher. The day will start with sung Morning Prayer, then three short talks by Fr. Roman. Between the talks will be periods of silent reflection. There will be a table of books at the back of the chapel for people to look through, and tea and coffee in the Senior Common Room. The bell will ring at the start of each talk to call people in from wherever they may be. It is a silent retreat of sorts, only we don’t leave the city. Following Fr. Roman’s talks, we will share a meal in the SCR.
A visit to an inner-city parish at Trinity Church in Saint John, New Brunswick. Details to come.
Friday, February 8 | 7:30PM in Alumni Hall. An additional point of interest of the Conference will be Yale University’s Dr. Bruce Gordon’s lecture on “The Bible and Sola Scriptura in Early Modern Europe”. Dr. Gordon is one of the world’s foremost Reformation scholars and recently received an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich. Click here to see the poster
Jamie Howison has graciously made available a podcast of the lecture he gave last week at King’s, click here to hear the podcast (it’s the first one listed).
Alan Hall, our beloved Chapel Theologian, will give the sermon at Choral Solemn Eucharist in the King’s Chapel on Thursday, January 31. Alan was a much-loved Foundation Year Program tutor during his time at King’s and has graced us this year by being our chapel retreat speaker. It is a delight to have him speak in the chapel. The service begins at 5pm, and also includes a mass setting by Orlando di Lasso and a motet for Septuagesima, “Simile Est Regnum Caelorum”, by Cristobal de Morales. As always, the service is followed by sherry hour in the Senior Common Room, providing an opportunity to talk with Alan and to be in fellowship with the chapel community.
It’s that time of year again! The chapel winter retreat is coming up on the weekend of Feb. 1st (George III Day). Information on the nature of the retreat and how to register can be found on the Retreats page. Registration forms are due by Fri. Jan. 25, so make haste! It’s going to be a beautiful weekend.
Megan Leslie, Member of Parliament for Halifax, will address the university community on Wednesday, January 9, at 5.00 p.m., following Evensong, at the King’s College Chapel. She will speak to students, faculty and staff on this year’s Chapel theme, “Things I’ve learned from my friends along the way”. Leslie has represented Haligonians in the House of Commons since the 2008 general election. This visit is a special and important occasion to hear Megan speak from the heart to the university community. All are welcome to attend!
Over the weekend of December 21-23, twelve boys and nine men of Capella Regalis directed by Nick Halley performed the annual Christmas concert, To Bethlehem With Kings, in three Nova Scotia venues – Christ Church, Windsor; St John’s Church, Lunenburg; and First Baptist Church, Halifax. The choir performed to full houses and was joined by Paul Halley on pipe organ, Greg Moffatt on trumpet, and the Maritime Brass Quintet for the Halifax performance. From the Gregorian Chant processional “Hodie, Christus Natus Est” to the final hymn, “Joy to the World”, the concerts included beautiful carols both ancient and modern, and no less than five hymns with enthusiastic audience participation, shimmering with organ and brass accompaniment. For a list of upcoming services and performances, please visit www.capellaregalis.com.
It’s alive! click here for a stream of A King’s Christmas 2012 on soundcloud. And a very Merry Christmas to all.
This past Sunday, the King’s College Chapel Choir wrapped up its King’s Christmas concert tour at the All Saints Cathedral in Halifax. With selected readings from narrator Alexander MacLeod, the concert brought together various literary voices of Atlantic Canada with words and music from all ages and across the world. Starting on Christmas Eve, you can listen to a recording of the concert by clicking here, or by visiting the Chapel Choir section of the King’s website and clicking “Hear the choir”. Congratulations to everyone involved on another superb concert!
Morning Prayer 8 a.m. Noonday Prayer 12 noon. Shortened Evening Prayer 5 p.m. Holy Communion 5.15 p.m.
I cannot think unless I have been thought, Nor can I speak unless I have been spoken. I cannot teach except as I am taught, Or break the bread except as I am broken. O Mind behind the mind through which I seek, O Light within the light by which I see, O Word beneath the words with which I speak, O founding, unfound Wisdom, finding me, O sounding Song whose depth is sounding me, O Memory of time, reminding me, My Ground of Being, always grounding me, My Maker’s Bounding Line, defining me, Come, hidden Wisdom, come with all you bring, Come to me now, disguised as everything.
Led by Father Thorne and the Chapel Choir the College celebrated the beloved tradition of the Lessons & Carols service in community and candlelight.
Students, faculty, friends, and staff converged on the Chapel in a flurry of greenery and clementines and cloves this Saturday. With the ever talented George Cochran heading the garland committee, Shannon Parker overseeing the overall greenery, and a multitude of willing volunteers sipping mulled wine and eggnog and stringing popcorn the Chapel was soon transformed.
On Friday, November 30, a group of friends, faculty, staff, and students drove down the Shore to find a college Christmas tree and sing Compline at St. Mary’s Church in Crousetown.
October 27, 2012, 9 a.m. – 12.05 p.m.
October this year has been a hectic flurry of activity for me. I have been anxious and curmudgeonly and unfriendly, a real joy to be around, no doubt. I have felt everything as a burden and a stress, even the littlest things. One of my friends has told me I have been like a trembling leaf, blown every which way by every which wind, with no root within myself to endure the autumn blasts, no still point of calm. That is certainly how I have felt! But I have not known how to stand firm.
Today I was forced to stop. I sat in silence with seven friends for three hours. The chapel pews were a soft and tawny morning gold. There were birds singing outside the door. The breeze through the windows rustled the corn husks adorning the sills for Harvest Thanksgiving. We were somewhere far away, somewhere rural and barren. Nothing to see or say or do or appear to be.
Fr Thorne’s two reflections brought together Polycarp (a 2nd-century martyr), Nietzsche and TS Eliot’s “Murder in the Cathedral” (“the last temptation is the greatest treason; to do the right deed for the wrong reason”). They punctuated the desert silence with no easy message, but rather a call to self-examination and repentance, to a continual remembrance that the Life in and by and through which I live is also the Truth that requires truth in me. I don’t know how else to put it.
A morning of silence such as this has been is not easy to find. I am so glad to have stumbled upon it today, in this College Chapel. May there be many such mornings there for many others.
- Elizabeth Curry, King’s Warden