Special Services & Events

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 26, 11:15 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Our annual service includes Imposition of Ashes and the Raising of the Lenten Veil.



Choral Evensong for Lent I

with the Healey Willan Singers

Sunday, March 1, 4 p.m. 

The service is followed by light refreshments then at 5, historian and liturgist Dr. Jesse Billett of University of Toronto presents “From the Egyptian Deserts to the English Cathedrals: The Music of the Psalms in Christian History.” From the earliest times, and particularly from the 4th century onwards, the Biblical book of Psalms has enjoyed pride of place in Christian worship. The feature will begin with the psalmody of early Christian monks who, departing from the elaborate singing of solo lectors in urban churches, created a new and simple way of chanting the psalms that allowed them to recite the texts together. This simple system was the backbone of Western musical education throughout the Middle Ages, and it survived the tumults of the Protestant Reformation, being given new life by composers such as Thomas Tallis and John Morley. This tradition gave birth, not only to what would come to be known as Anglican chant (sung by choirs), but also to the popular psalm tunes that were the first popular hymns. Contributions appreciated. 

Lenten Series: The Beauty of Holiness

with the Rev’d Rob Mitchell and the Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod

Five Wednesdays in Lent, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 

A service of Evening Prayer is followed by light supper at 6.30, then at 7, the Rev’d Rob Mitchell and the Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod explore the details of traditional Anglican worship: the structure of Prayer Book services, the items used in worship, the clothing worn by the clergy, and other features that make Anglican services so beautiful. Weekly subjects are as follows:

  • March 4: The History and Structure of Morning and Evening Prayer
  • March 11: The Implements of Worship
  • March 18: Vestments and Clerical Wear
  • March 25: The History and Structure of Holy Communion
  • April 1: An Instructed Eucharist

Contributions appreciated.

Lenten Quiet Day

with Bishop Andrew Asbil

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  

As Lent comes to a close and we begin to think about Palm Sunday and Holy Week, join us for a day of quiet reflection, prayer and discussion with the Rt. Reverend Andrew Asbil, Bishop of Toronto. A complimentary light lunch will be provided. Contributions welcome.

To help us plan quantities of food and materials, please register here.


Holy Week Services

April 5 – 12

Sunday, April 5, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. – Palm Sunday and blessing of the Palms
Monday, April 6, 7 p.m. – Stations of the Cross and Communion for Monday in Holy Week
Tuesday, April 7, 7 p.m. – Stations of the Cross and Communion for Tuesday in Holy Week
Wednesday, April 8, 7 p.m. – Stations of the Cross and Communion for Wednesday in Holy Week
Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m. – Maundy Thursday Holy Communion with foot washing and stripping of the altar 
Friday, April 10, 10:30 a.m. – Cross of Christ service for Good Friday

Eastertide Series: The Art of the Prayerbook

with the Rev’d Dr. Schuyler Brown 

Wednesdays in Eastertide, April 22, 29, May 6, May 13

A service of Evening Prayer is followed by light supper at 6.30, then at 7, Dr. Schuyler Brown discusses John Wall’s major book Transformations of the Word. First of four Wednesdays; continues to May 13. Contributions appreciated.

Choral Evensong for St. George

with St. Olave’s Choir 

Sunday, April 26, 4 p.m.

The service is followed by St. George’s Tea then at 5, St. Olave’s Arts Guild presents drama, poetry, music and songs, including excerpts from George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Joanna Cannon’s The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. Contributions appreciated. 

Choral Evensong for Trinity Sunday

with St. Olave’s Choir 

Sunday, June 7, 4 p.m.

The service is followed by Strawberry Tea then at 5, guitarist Doug Hibovski presents Mystics and Music for a Summer Afternoon. Doug will be joined by experienced musicians from his Bloor West Music Studios for a delightful sequence of popular, classical and cross-over music. Contributions appreciated. 

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