Parish Life

Annual Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 23

Poster for Christmas Bazaar (details in event description)

A major fundraising event for the parish, the annual Christmas Bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 23, celebrating its 92nd straight year. 

The event will include the always popular Snowflake Café, a range of donated china, jewellery and other treasures, a busy book, CD and DVD table, as well as tasty, but limited, quantities of preserves, baking and deli treats. Arrive early to avoid disappointment! From 10 am to 2 pm. 


The music of Anglo-Catholicism -- a guided talk

Illustration of monks reciting Gregorian chant

As an Anglo-Catholic parish, St. Barnabas takes pride in presenting a wide range of liturgical music spanning many periods: from Gregorian Chant to repertoire of the 20th, and even 21st, centuries. On Saturday, November 16, organist and choirmaster Wesley Warren (M Mus, FRCO) will provide a guided tour in more detail of how Anglo-Catholocism has contributed to a revitalization of church music in the last 200 years. Topics covered will include hymns, carols, plainsong, as well as the tools of the trade -- organs and robed choirs. 

May Festival of Our Lady 2019

by Brian Wehrle

May is Mary’s month, and I
Muse at that and wonder why:
Her feasts follow reason,
Dated due to season –

- Gerard Manley Hopkins, The May Magnificat

The month of May has traditionally been a time of popular piety and devotion honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary, the “Queen of May”. This custom is believed to have arisen in the 13th century; Alfonso X of Castile acknowledges the tradition of honouring Mary in May, in Ben vennas, Mayo, one of his Cantigas de Santa Maria:

The Wise Still Seek Him

By Rev. Canon Stewart Murray, Incumbent at St. Barnabas, Ottawa

In the midst of a busy morning, sitting in traffic, I was behind a car with a wonderful collection of bumper stickers. They ranged from one proudly proclaiming “this car climbed Mt. Washington” to a collection of stickers on the back window showing a family of Star Wars fans with a mom, a dad, two children and even the dog depicted as stormtroopers! But one sticker, rather faded and torn read “Wise men still seek Him.”

The Great Litany

By Rev. Canon Stewart Murray, Incumbent at St. Barnabas, Ottawa

One of the great treasures of our Anglican tradition that I have rediscovered in the last few years is the Great Litany in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and the Book of Alternative Services (BAS). At one time it was common to find a copy of the Litany in a separate book on a prayer desk, called a litany desk, in the sanctuary or nave of most churches.

A sneak peek at the upcoming OrKidstra concert on May 9

On May 9 the parish will launch a new concert series featuring OrKidstra, a musical- and social-development program for children aged 5 to 18 living in under-served areas of Ottawa.

From the OrKidstra website:

OrKidstra is a social development program for children aged 5 to 18 living in under-served areas of Ottawa, Canada.

Our mission is to empower kids and build community through the universal language of music.