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Feb 22, 2013

A Trip to Ottawa: Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments

I left Victoria early Tuesday, February 19 on a long flight to the Nation's Capital for a meeting with the Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments.

What a complete winter shock upon arriving in Ottawa—snow, snow and lots of it—this is what Canada's winter is all about! For we Victorians, it is good to be reminded of what winter really is in so many parts of Canada. I enjoyed it as I could simply leave for home after two days!

I am one of four bishops who make up the Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments under the CCCB. We meet four times per year in different locations but two are usually at the CCCB offices in Ottawa—a modern building located in an industrial and business park not far from the city core.

We have many roles on the Commission in regard to liturgical matters for the Church in Canada and we work through the National Liturgy Office at the CCCB. We also have the National Council for Liturgy and the National Council for Music in the Liturgy as advisory bodies, composed of priests and laity.

We assist the CCCB president in relations with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and we maintain a working relationship with the Commission épiscopale de liturgie et des sacrements of the French sector.

I'm very glad to return to the greenery of Vancouver Island—and happy for the opportunity to get a lot of work done on the plane!



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