Worship at Julian of Norwich

Our worship can be quiet and traditional or more contemporary, with music, drama, and dance. We use the 1985 Book of Alternative Services (BAS) as our worship resource book, along with a growing variety of music and musical sources. You may hear jazz, gospel, or First Nation’s chants. We welcome diversity in many ways!

 

 

Worship Schedule and Activities

Stained Glass Window imageSundays begin with a quiet and introspective Eucharist at 8:00 a.m.

The 10 a.m. Sunday Family Eucharist features a full choir, with Sunday School and Nursery during the first half (for children up to Grade 6). Everyone is invited for tea/coffee and fellowship after each Sunday service, in the main hall.

On Thursdays, we celebrate an intimate Eucharist in the chapel, at 10 a.m.

Please click here if you are interested to learn about how you may volunteer to assist with many aspects of worship.

 

 

Choir and Music

The Choir sings at the 10 a.m. Sunday Service, on special occasions, and during weddings and funerals held in the main sanctuary. The choir is accompanied by our organist/pianist, along with guitars and other instruments. Choir practice starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, or one hour before each special event. For more information, please contact Anna Hislop.

 

 

A Note on Bells in Worship

For centuries, bells have called the faithful to worship. Perhaps you recall as a child hearing the ring of the local church beIl in the early hours of Sunday morning? It was the church of the early Middle Ages that introduced the tradition of bell-ringing during the service - specifically, during the Eucharistic Prayer. At that time, the priest celebrated mass silently and the sound of the bell was meant to alert the faithful to the moment of consecration of the bread and wine.

The centuries have passed and much liturgical reform has occurred. Today, bells still call the faithful to worship - whether in monastic communities or in churches. Last year, during the season of Advent, we began using a ‘chapel bell’ to indicate the beginning of worship and as a signal that the community is invited to stand in readiness for worship.

The use of bells is not limited to summoning the community to worship. We can use a bell to reinforce portions of our liturgy - such as during the Great Amen at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer - and the sound of a bell also can be used to mark the beginning or ending of a time of silent meditation or prayer. At Julian we use a bell, which is of the bowl-form, to mark the end of a period of silent meditation immediately following the homily and preceding our communal response to having heard God’s word, which is the recitation or singing of a credal statement. So, when you hear the ringing of the bell you will know that we are in sacred time passing from having heard God’s word to responding to God’s word.