All Saints’ Day High Mass and Open House (Heart of the City)

Date(s) - November 1, 2014
10:30 am - 4:00 pm

St. James Anglican Church

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The All Saints’ Day High Mass and Open House (part of Heart in the City) is an all-day opportunity to visit the church, learn of its history and witness to the City and experience its ancient practices.

At 10:30am a glorious All Saints’ Day Solemn High Mass and Procession will celebrate the Saints of Christendom with pageantry and age-old ritual. For those not used to high church liturgy this is a chance to bathe the senses. At St. James’ on high holy days such as this, even the incense is special! Hear the full St. James’ Choir singing Palestrina‘s Missa Aeterna and Willan‘s O How Glorious.

Following the Mass there is a luncheon for everyone in the church hall and an afternoon full of activities:
• Organist and Choral Director Gerald Harder will offer a talk and demonstration of the church‘s renowned 1760 Casavant pipe organ in the choir gallery.
• After the High Mass. It has become a Heart of the City tradition at St. James’ to stage medieval morality plays in the church and this year‘s offering is The Second Shepherd’s Play, one of the Mystery Plays by the Wakefield Master, will be presented in modern English, directed by parish Archivist Paul Stanwood, ODNW.
• At 2 pm in the church, parishioner Allan Duncan will take visitors on a guided tour of the wonderful Art Deco church building, telling of its architecture and the personalities who were involved in its construction in the 1930s.
• Students from the now famous St. James’ Music Academy which offers musical instruction to more than 150 kids in the DTES, will offer a special performance.
• Photographer Christine Hatfull will exhibit under the choir gallery recent images from her project documenting the on-going architectural re-purposing of the former BC Remand Centre (across the street from St James’) into social housing.

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