Starting tomorrow, the Society of Mary, Our Lady of Hope Ward will be celebrating our Annual May Festival. Each Saturday we will be celebrating Mass at a different Anglo-Catholic Parish in Downtown Toronto, followed by a light lunch. Please see below for details.
The festival begins tomorrow, May 5, at St. Bartholomew’s (509 Dundas Street East) at 10 a.m., with The Very Reverend Professor Andrew Louth as our guest preacher.
As a follow-up to our talk on the “Akathist to the Theotokos,” on March 16th, the group took a trip to St. Silouan the Athonite Mission Parish, where we participated in the singing of the Akathist service.
The Akathist Hymn, which we sang according to their tradition for the 4th Friday in Lent, was combined with the Small Compline service and a Canon. At the conclusion, we were invited to each receive a flower and be blessed with myrrh from a Myrrh Streaming Icon of the Mother of God that had previously visited the parish.
We finished off the evening with some food and a time of fellowship at Prohibition Gastrohouse on Queen Street E.
We are thankful to St. Silouan’s (http://www.stsilouan.org/) for their hospitality and for the opportunity to participate in this beautiful service of devotion to Our Lady.
(To learn more about the Akathist to the Theotokos, feel free to visit http://www.orthodoxchristian.info/pages/Akathist.htm)
A big thank you to St. Bartholomew’s and St. Thomas’s for hosting and all who have joined us so far for this year’s May Festival events. The Festival continues this Saturday, May 20th with a Quiet Day at St. Mary Magdalene’s (477 Manning Ave), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
Behold Thy Mother: Understanding Guadalupe, Lourdes and Fatima in Today’s World
In honour of Our Lady’s month of May, and of the 100th anniversary of her appearance at Fatima, Portugal, we will spend a day meditating on three important apparitions of our Lady — Guadalupe (1531), Lourdes (1858) and Fatima (1917) — and how these events speak to us of God’s desire to heal a broken world.
Our final event will be a Solemn Mass and Outdoor Procession at St. Mary Magdalene’s on May 27th, 10 a.m., followed by lunch and our Annual General Meeting.
Fr Theo Ipema, our new Ward Superior
This Fall has been a time of transition for Our Lady of Hope Ward. With our former chaplain, Fr Robert Mitchell, taking a new post in the Diocese, we started off the year by electing Fr Theo Ipema as our new Ward Superior. The election and general meeting was held at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene following a votive Mass of our Lady and breakfast. In the past Fr Ipema has participated in the activities of the Society of Mary, Our Lady of Hope Ward, and has officiated at a number of its services. He is an Honourary Assistant at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene and regularly assists at St. Thomas’s Church. We wish Fr Mitchell well in his new position and look forward to Fr Ipema’s leadership.
Continuing our tradition, we remembered departed members of the Ward at our annual Requiem in November, gathering afterward at the Fox and Firkin for a time of socializing and reconnecting. At our December meeting, we reflected on an Advent reading by Caryll Houselander before gathering in the church for Rosary and Devotions.
- The Fox and Firkin, following our Annual Ward Requiem
This January we started a new education series on the devotional titles of Mary, beginning with “Our Lady of Hope”—the namesake of our Ward. We invite you to join us on February 15th as we learn the story and meaning behind “Our Lady, Star of the Sea.”
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
6:15 p.m. Fellowship & Discussion (Parish Hall)
7:30 p.m. Rosary & Benediction (Church)
St. Thomas’s Anglican Church, 383 Huron St.
Throughout the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016, The Society of Mary was treated to presentations by members of the Society on various Marian feasts including the Feast of the Nativity of BVM, Our Lady of Walsingham, the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Purification, Our Lady of Lourdes, and the Annunciation of Our Saviour to the BVM, and the Immaculate Conception. Rosary and Benediction followed at 7:30pm.
St Bartholomew’s Parish Mass: Saturday, May 9th, 2015
Celebrant: Fr Walter Hannam Preacher: Fr Robert Mitchell
Education Event: “Let it be to Me: Mary as Luke’s Model Disciple,” Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Presenter: The Rev’d Dr Tim Perry, Church of the Epiphany, Sudbury
St Thomas’s Parish Mass: Saturday, May 16th, 2015
Celebrant: Fr Mitchell Preacher: Fr Perry
St Mary Magdalene’s Parish Mass: Saturday, May 30th, 2015
Celebrant: Fr David Harrison Preacher: Fr Walter Hannam