Violinists Dr. Rebecca Westin and Father Daniel Westin at All Saints Anglican Church

Raising the flag of celebration

Parishioners from Hope and Agassiz gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the national flag of Canada

Sunday, Feb. 15 saw parishioners from Christ Church, Hope join us at All Saints, Agassiz to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the National Flag of Canada and the Feast of Saint Valentine. Sixty people of all ages gathered in the Hall for a potluck luncheon and time of fellowship.

Our iconic red and white flag with a single red maple leaf at its centre was designed to reflect a modern Canada, looking towards its future, but ever respectful of its past. It was unveiled by Lester B. Pearson, then Prime Minister of Canada, on Feb. 15, 1965 and was flown for the first time from the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa on that day.

The Feast of Saint Valentine is an official feast day commemorated on Feb. 14 in both the Anglican Communion and the Lutheran Church. Valentine was a Roman Priest at a time when emperor Claudias the Second persecuted the church and prohibited the marriage of young people. Because Valentine secretly married Christian couples he was eventually captured in 269 AD; imprisoned, tortured and martyred for performing marriage ceremonies against command of the Emperor.

Since January, All Saints is fortunate to have Father Daniel Westin, his wife Dr. Rebecca and their children worshipping with us from Sweden until June 2015. Father Daniel is from the Swedish Lutheran Church and Dr. Rebecca Westin is a doctor of veterinarian medicine at present working at the Research Centre in Agassiz. They are also both accomplished violinists. As well as rendering an uplifting sermon Father Daniel accompanied local musician Sandra Bower in several hymns and Rebecca also joined him in sharing their gifts of music at the Holy Eucharist Service that day. At the luncheon that followed the violinists had us tapping our feet to their Swedish folk music. It is a great blessing to get together with our sisters and brothers from  Christ Church, Hope a few times a year. We are looking forward to our next ‘visit’.

Submitted by

Monica Gibson-Pugsley

Parish Administrator, all Saints Anglican

 

Just Posted

Village Classic Car show brings some muscle to Chilliwack’s downtown

Hot wheels and cool cars line Chilliwack streets

Serial killer Robert Pickton transferred to Quebec: victim’s family

Pickton was convicted in December 2007 of six counts of second degree murder

UPDATE: Fire destroys Chilliwack restaurant

Popular Banners Restaurant goes up in flames Sunday morning.

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

Man shot dead in Clayton area of Surrey, witnesses sought by police

It happened in the 18200-block of 67A Avenue

VIDEO: Agassiz Community Gardens turns 15

Growing is good for personal and community health

Man facing charges after baby food stolen from Richmond doorstep

A 40-year-old man is facing several charges

Man shot dead in Surrey ID’d as hockey coach and father of two

Murder of Paul Bennett – a respected Peace Arch Hospital worker and ‘champion of sport’ – ‘not random’

10 of TransLink’s most used SkyTrain routes

TransLink released its 2017 Transit Network Performance Review, offering snapshot of ridership

Serial speeder clocked going 138 km/hr in 90 zone

Driver had their vehicle impounded

Canadian Syrian children’s choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

Many kids are recent immigrants from countries covered by Trump travel ban

VIDEO: Plane crashes in Langley farm field (updated)

Plane lost power shortly after takeoff, RCMP told

Most Read