Christ Church Cathedral sanctuary looked a little bit different than usual for Sunday morning worship, November 28th at 10:30am as a 10 foot scaffold draped in banners was prominently positioned in the middle of the chancel. The platform on the top of the scaffold held photographer/videographer Wayne Chose and his camera all primed and positioned to film the Cathedral community's rendering of Silent Night for submission to the National Churches Silent Night Project. Prior to the commencement of the Celebration of Choral Eucharist, Dean Peter Elliott led the congregation through a rehearsal of the beloved carol which included a new "Advent appropriate" verse written by the Cathedral's Priest Associate, Archdeacon Ellen Clark-King.
At the conclusion of the Eucharist, Cathedral staff and volunteers quickly positioned additional lighting and it was indeed... lights, camera, action as the Cathedral Choir began by singing the first verse in the original German, the entire congregation of 450 then joined in for the first verse in English and all concluded with the new Advent verse.
As the congregation left the sanctuary, CCC Hospitality Ministry volunteers collected toonies. The collection will be forwarded to the National Church to help aid the funding of Anglican Military Chaplains.
Please feel free to contact Diocesan Communications and tell us about your parishes participation in the Silent Night Project. Photos are always appreciated.
Just a reminder, in order to have your parish's submission included in the film to be edited and produced by Anglican Video you must submit by December 14th, 2010.
 The Cathedral Community prepare for the First Shot