Sing we now of Christmas, Sing we here Noel…
One of my fondest memories as a young boy growing up, is that of my Mother playing an LP of the Harry Simeone Chorale, on which this was the first selection. It’s hard to imagine Christmas without music.
Author J. Ellsworth Kalas writes that “the two are linked inseparably, always and everywhere, whether in the plain songs of fifteen centuries ago, or in the heart-catching rhythms of “The Little Drummer Boy”. People’s fondest memories of Christmas often involve music, either in the playing or singing of, or as an audience of a world class orchestra or a Sunday school pageant. Much of our understanding of scripture and of the history of those first faithful people has been given to us through the gift of song.
It has been said that one who sings, prays twice, and so, I invite you into a prayerful and musical preparation through this holy season of Advent, as we make ready to celebrate anew, the birth of our Lord and Saviour. From Mary proclaiming God’s grace in the words of the Magnificat, to the angels announcing the birth to the shepherds, the incarnation of Jesus of Nazareth is heralded in awe and majesty and wonder.
If this is your first visit, it is a joy to welcome you to our Cathedral web site. Perhaps you are looking to find the presence of God in your own life journey, a search that in the midst of the noise and confusion of our age, can at times seem overwhelming. Maybe we can be of some assistance. Contained within this site are examples of the ministry that we share as the cathedral church of St. Paul’s. We enjoy a wonderful mix of young and old, those who are new to the faith, as well as those who are mature Christians. In the midst of a wonderful blend of personalities comes the blessing of a variety of gifts and ministries. May the information you find here encourage you in your own faith journey. We invite you to come and make your spiritual home with us at St. Paul’s, but pray that wherever you are, you will find a Christian community where you can deepen your faith, and explore what it is that God is calling you to. Wherever you are, your prayers for the ministry of the people of St. Paul’s Cathedral are appreciated, and know that you will be in ours.
We are thankful for the people of St. Paul’s, who offer their gifts for the ministry of the church as we seek to live out the commission that our Lord gave to us all, and we are thankful that you have visited us here… we wish you every blessing as you continue your journey in faith.