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Church of the Resurrection                                

99 Mount Pleasant Ave. Pointe-Clare QC  H9R 2T7

Tel 514-697-1910  fax & kitchen line 697-1709  email office@cotres.ca

Priest-in-Charge: The Rev. Sophie Rolland

Honorary Assistant: The Rev. Charles Morris

Music Director: Rafael de Castro

Parish Secretary: Marlene Micklethwaite

People's Warden: Gladys Randle

Deputy People's Warden: Nicholas Kohner

Rector's Warden: Ann Rodrigue

Deputy Rector's Warden: Paul van Esbroeck

Treasurer: Simon Hartropp

 
The Church of the Resurrection is a faithful Christian community located in the heart of the Valois neighbourhood in Pointe-Claire Quebec.

We are a member of the Anglican Diocese of Montreal and are proud to welcome you to worship with us at any of our weekly services. Recognizing that we have different backgrounds, traditions and preferences, we offer a variety of worship styles from the very traditional to the more experimental. That being said, as Christ is the center of our shared life so is the Eucharist the central liturgical act of each of our Sunday worship services.

You are also welcome to participate in any and all of our more social and community events such as our front yard BBQs, garage sales, bazaars, and our soup kitchen. For more information, please call the office at 514-697-1910 or email at office@cotres.ca

 What to Expect at the Church of the Resurrection

We extend a warm welcome to you to worship with us, and offer these notes as a brief introduction to the Anglican Church and its ways.  For those who have never been in our church here is a breakdown of what to expect when you come to a Sunday Service here at Church of the Resurrection

When you come in to your right is a cloak room where you can leave your outerwear. Please remove all valuables from your pockets. Then you walk forward into the church and a greeter will say good morning and pass you a bulletin (some might even ask if this is your first visit.) You may sit where you wish on the left hand side or the right hand side. The only exceptions are the two pews directly to the left of the organ since that is where the choir sits.

There is a little talking and greeting in the pews before the service begins. We try not to be intimidating. 

The service will begin with the processional hymn all stand after the 1st part of the music ends and the singing starts. You can look at others in the congregation for clues as to when to stand. The servers, choir, and the clergy walk up to the front of the church. We then all sit when greeting from clergy.

Have children?

At the moment we have a Sunday school that meets monthly for a structured activity during the service. Otherwise, the children are welcomed and encouraged to sit with you either in the pews or is the area set-up to the right of the main altar. There are books, paper and crayons, and stuffed animals so that they can sit and listen and play quietly. 

Ask one of the greeters as you come in – they can point this area out.

Our Place of Worship

As you enter our church, your eye is drawn to the altar, and to the cross. You are drawn to God whose house the church is. On the altar there are candles to remind us that Christ is the Light of the World. Often there are flowers, to beautify God's house and to recall the resurrection of Jesus.

On the left side at the front of the church, there is a pulpit where sometimes the sermon is preached. On the opposite side is a lectern from where the Scriptures are read.

The Act of Worship

You will find the "Book of Alternative Services" (green book) in the pews. It allows us to fully participate and follow the worship service. The appropriate page numbers can be found in the bulletin. The larger print is the actual service and the smaller print gives directions to priests and people who conduct the service. Or, if you prefer, you can follow along on the overheads which will have all the parts where you will be asked to participate. You will also find the hymn book in the pews. It is a blue book called “Common Praise”. The words will be displayed on the overhead but if you would like to have the music you can use the books. The numbers are printed on the bulletin and are on the overhead.

You may wonder when to stand or kneel. Practices vary -- even among individual Anglicans. The general rule is to stand and sing hymns. We stand, too, to say our affirmation of faith, the Nicene Creed; and for the reading of the Gospel in the Holy Eucharist. Psalms may be sung or said, sitting or standing. At our church we generally sit and read the psalm together followed by the psalm prayer. We sit during readings from the Old Testament, the New Testament Letters, and the sermon. We stand or kneel for prayers to show our gratefulness to God for accepting us as children or as an act of humility before God.

The Regular Services

Our principal service is the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion). It is celebrated without music at 8am on Sunday morning and with music at 10am. On Wednesdays, a small group of us pray together at 10:30am using a Celtic prayer book.

While some parts of the services are always the same, others change. At the Holy Eucharist, for example, several Bible passages are read. These change each Sunday.  Certain prayers also change in order to reflect the season or what was read. Page numbers for parts of the service printed elsewhere in the Book of Alternative Services are given in the bulletin, and reflected on the overhead. But do not be embarrassed to ask your neighbour for the page number if you get lost. They are eager to help.

As we hope you will agree, the services of the Anglican Church are beautiful in their ordered dignity, God-centered, and yet mindful of the nature and needs of human beings. These services have adapted to the changing language of the times but are also ancient at their core providing spiritual sustenance to untold generations of faithful Christians.

Before and After Services

When you get to your pew you may notice that people are kneeling and saying a private prayer as soon as they sit down. They are likely saying a prayer of personal preparation for worship. Some people bow to the altar on entering and leaving the church as an act of reverence for Christ. At the end of the service some people kneel for a private prayer and many wait until the organist finishes playing before leaving

Receiving Holy Eucharist

All baptized Christians are welcome to receive the Holy Eucharist here at the Church of the Resurrection. We all receive in both kinds; this means that both bread and wine will be offered to you. If you would like to receive, proceed up to the altar rail following those in front of you. You may stand at the rail or kneel. Cup your hands and hold them out to receive the bread and take the cup when it is offered. You can use your hands to guide the cup to your mouth. At this time, due to the increased risk of contagion we would prefer you not dip your bread into the wine. Should you not want to take the wine, simply fold your arms across your chest after you have received the bread.

If you do not want to receive either the bread or wine at the Eucharist, simply fold your arms across your chest and the clergy will offer a blessing for you.

If you are unable to walk up to the altar, the clergy can come and bring communion down to you. Please let one of the sidespeople or greeters know so they can tell the clergy.

Vestments

To add to the beauty and festivity of the services, and to signify their special ministries, the clergy and other ministers wear vestments over their regular clothing.

A common vestment is the alb, a white tunic with sleeves that covers the body from neck to ankles. Over it, the ordained ministers wear a stole, a narrow band of coloured fabric. Deacons wear the stole over one shoulder, priests and bishops over both shoulders. At the Holy Eucharist, a bishop or priest frequently wears a chasuble (a circular garment that drapes over the shoulders) over the alb and stole. The deacon's corresponding vestment has sleeves and is called a dalmatic. Bishops sometimes wear a special head covering called a miter.

Choir vestments usually consist of an under gown called a cassock with a white, loose tunic over top called a surplice.

Stoles, chasubles, and dalmatics, as well as altar coverings, are usually made of rich fabrics. Their colour changes with the seasons and holy days of the Church Year. The most frequently used colours are white, red, and violet, green, and blue.

The Church Year

The Anglican Church observes the traditional Christian calendar. The season of Advent, during which we prepare for Christmas, begins four Sundays before Christmas. The Christmas season starts on Christmas day and lasts twelve days, after which we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany.

Lent is the forty days of preparation for Easter and begins on Ash Wednesday. Easter season lasts fifty days, concluding on the feast of Pentecost.

During these times the Bible readings are chosen for their appropriateness to the season. During the rest of the year (the season after Epiphany and the long season after Pentecost, except for a few special Sundays), the New Testament is read sequentially from Sunday to Sunday. The Old Testament lesson corresponds in theme with one of the New Testament readings.

Coming and Going

There are greeters who will greet you and offer you a bulletin. They are also available to answer questions about the service, the location of children’s area, etc.

Pews are usually unreserved in Anglican churches except for special occasions such as a wedding, baptism or funeral. There are two pews in the middle on the left hand side for those who need extra space for a walker or are in a wheelchair.

Following the service our clergy greet the people at the door as they leave.

For other information about the Anglican Faith please visit http://www.anglican.ca/about/beliefs/

 

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Contact Information:
99 Mount Pleasant, Pointe-Claire, Quebec, H9R 2T7
Tel 514-697-1910 FAX 697-1709 Email  office@COTRes.ca            

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