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Tue, Jun 23rd - 9:49AM

Reflections on Prayer

The Virgin in Prayer by SassoferratoReflections on Prayer is by retired Anglican priest, the Rev. Glenda Meakin. She was ordained in 1986. She served first in a parish in Newmarket, Ontario and then for almost eight years was chaplain at Bishop Strachan School, a girl's schol in Toronto. While at the school Glenda became associate priest at St James, Stratford. She became rector in nearby St Marys, Ontario in 1996, retiring in 2000.

Illustrating Rev. Meakin's article is The Virgin in Prayer. It was painted in the seventeenth century by Italian artist Giovanni Battista Salvi, known as Sassoferrato after his birthplace. He produced over a dozen versions of the picture. This one was bequethed to the National Gallery, London in 1846. In the Victorian period, the painting was toned down with tinted varnish but restored in the 1980's to reveal the brilliant colouring the artist originally intended.

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Sat, Jun 13th - 7:51AM

Indigenous Anglican Bishops

Indigenous people make up four per cent of the Canadian Anglican population. About 225 Canadian Anglican congregations have all or nearly all Indigenous membership. There are approximately 130 Indigenous Anglican priests in Canada, many of them working on a non-stipendiary or volunteer basis.

Since 1989 there have been five Indigenous Anglican bishops in Canada: Rt. Rev. Charles Arthurson (Saskatchewan), Rt. Rev. Paul Idlout, Ret. (Arctic), Rt. Rev. Gordon Beardy, Ret. (Keewatin), Rt. Rev. Andrew Atagotaaluk and Rt. Rev. Benjamin Arreak (Arctic).

National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonaldIn August 2005, the 5th Anglican Indigenous Sacred Circle took place at the Wilderness Edge in Pinawa, Manitoba. 41 elders called on the Primate and the Anglican Church of Canada to provide a national aboriginal bishop.

This bishop would have episcopal and pastoral responsibilities as well as full authority and jurisdiction for aboriginal communities across the country. This bishop would be fully recognized by the Anglican Church and be welcoming of aboriginal teachings, traditions, and ceremonies. The bishop would have spiritual support from the whole church and will be monetarily supported.

The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald became the Anglican Church of Canada's first National Indigenous Bishop in 2007. Before that he had been Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska for about 10 years. He has had a varied ministry holding positions in Mississauga, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon and with the Navajo Nation in the American Southwest.

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Tue, Jun 2nd - 4:50PM

Petrolia Memorial Window

Christ Church, Petrolia WindowAnd the rock poured me out rivers of oil. Job 29:6

An oil well was brought into production in Petrolia, Ontario in 1860. In 1865-66 a series of discoveries culminating in the drilling of the King well established Petrolia as the major oil producing centre in Canada.

Christ Church, Petrolia has a stained glass window that commemorates the development of the oil industry. In the portion of the window shown, the pioneer petroleum industry has been divided into four stages: top right - drilling, lower right - transportation; lower left - refining: and top left - foreign drilling, commemorating the fact that the technology that was developed in the area was exported all over the world. These four activities are tied together around the field wheel, the device that provided the energy transmitted to jerker lines in various parts of the oil field. Jerker lines caused the pumps to move up and down, extracting the oil from the ground in an energy-efficient way.

The window installed in 1982 is at its heart an expression of thanksgiving for the gifts of the Creator.

From the Huron Church News

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