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Charmion De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020 (1395* d) RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020 29 Dec 19


Smokey Barney’s is the Church of St. Barnabas, Apostle and Martyr, in the Anglican diocese of Ottawa. It is a “high” parish, with the full range of censing, aspersions and sound effects. For 15 years, I sang in the choir (a small and ambitious aggregation), Himself and I were married there, and we were active members until Himself left the Army and we moved to Stratford.

Anglican parishes in Canada come in three basic types, and most diocese have at least one of each kind. At the most Protestant, in fact nearly Methodist, end of the spectrum are the “low” or “pine and pain” churches, many founded in the early to mid-1800s by settlers from Ireland and Scotland. Low parishes are most common in the country. The majority of Anglicans, especially in urban areas, belong to churches of the “brass and class” type, which are usually nicely appointed, with plenty of stained glass and polished metal, and moderate in liturgy — they use Rite III in the Book of Alternative Services (“and also with you” instead of “and with thy spirit”), but they have Stations of the Cross in Lent. At the fully Catholic, but never Roman, end of the range are the “high” or “bells and smells” parishes, which have the most elaborate liturgy and usually the best music — and lots of both. Elderly RCs are sometimes spotted in the pews, come to inhale the incense, hark to the Sanctus bells, and hear mass settings that their own church pitched after Vatican II. High churches are typically urban, often found in working-class neighbourhoods; most were founded by the London Missionary Society.

And I’ll bet that’s a lot more about Anglicans than you wanted to know.


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