St. George’s Anglican Church

51 Church St., Moncton, NB E1C 4Z3

Church Office: 506-855-5209              Fax: 506-388-4866

Email – office@stgeorgesmoncton.ca

The Reverend Chris VanBuskirk

The Rev. Dr. Dan Goodwin

The Rev. Deacon Norm Dupuis

 

A Tour of

Saint George’s Anglican Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           The first stop in our tour of St. Georges, inside the main entrance is the bell tower.   There are 3 bells in the tower. They were manufactured by the Clinton H. McNeely Bell Company in Troy, U.S.A. The big bell and the little bell are dated AD 1884 and the middle bell is dated AD 1885.

           They were installed in the second St. George's Church and were dedicated on the 9th Sunday after Trinity, August 2, 1885.

           Next, let us look at the window over the entrance. This window is to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Ambrose Wheeler who built St. George's, and was placed there by his family. The architect's drawings and specifications called for a brick exterior but Ambrose said "My Church will not be built out of brick. I will build it out of cut stone and I will pay the difference in cost myself', and so it was done.

           Ambrose Wheeler built seven 7 of the buildings on the "Open Doors" tour this year, namely: Moncton High School, Assumption Cathedral, the Capital Theatre, St. George's Church, The Masonic Temple, The Synagogue, and the second addition to the King Street Hospital.

           On the wall to the left of the doorway into the Church you will see a collection of pictures. These are mainly of the three churches that occupied this site over the 161 years that the Parish has been constituted. If you have time you might look these over and the one showing the laying of the cornerstone for this church also shows Ambrose Wheeler.

           Ambrose Wheeler was a faithful churchman and served St. George's as Warden for 5 years and as a member of Vestry (the Church Board) for 27 years.

When you enter St. George's you are in the vestibule often called the Narthex by some Anglican churches. Straight ahead is an addition we built in 2001 to house an elevator which has street access at Queen St and then goes down to the Hall below.

Turning to the left you enter the Nave where the people, the congregation sit to worship. The seats are called Pews and there are kneeling benches which fold down from the seat ahead. Anglican's use these during prayers.

At the front of the Nave there are three steps which lead to the Chancel where the choir sits facing the center aisle and the Pipe Organ, a Cassavant Brothers instrument, is situated on the opposite side.

Straight ahead is an altar rail where the people receive the sacrament (bread and wine). Behind the rail is the Sanctuary where the Priest, Layreaders, acolytes, cruicifer and visiting Clergy sit, if present. On the far left comer is the Bishop's Chair, where he will sit if present for a special service such as Confirmation or an anniversary etc.

At the front of the Nave to your right is a doorway leading to the Lady Chapel. A member of the parish will be there to greet you and answer any questions you may have.

Every stained glass window in our church has a story. Most have an inscription beneath them which is self explanatory. There is a member of the parish at the front of the church and the back to answer questions.

 

Thank you for coming to visit our church


Brass Pulpit

This brass pulpit was dedicated in 1909 in memory of Herbert M.P. Fairweather and presented by his widow, Mrs. Luella Fairweather.

The Gospel is read each Sunday from the pulpit and the Sermon/Homily is delivered from here also.

 

The Rood Screen

 

           When Jesus was crucified on the cross and died, the Scriptures tell us that the curtain of the temple was tom in two. In those days the curtain closed off the Sanctuary from the people and only the "Holy of Holies" could go in to the Altar (which signified God's presence). The people could not.

           The sacrifice of Jesus on Good Friday, opened the Sanctuary to all the people and the Rood Screen depicts this.

           You will see a cross on the top of this structure representing the Cross on which Jesus died. The six pointed pieces on the top represent the nails which were put into Jesus' hands and feet on the spear into his side. Between each of the posts you will note fancy woodwork, depicting the crown of thorns placed on Jesus' head.

           The rood screen of Flemish oak was erected by Mr. & Mrs. Ambrose Wheeler in memory of their son, Lieutenant Leslie Ambrose Wheeler, aged 23, killed in action in World War II while trying to rescue a British soldier.

Brass Lectern

 

           This Brass Lectern dedicated in 1911 to the memory of Henry Stephen Binney and his wife Emily Binney and placed in the church by Irwin W. and Lucy Binney, his wife.

           The Epistle is read each Sunday from the Lectern.

 

Organ

 

           In May 1956 the organ built by the Casavant Company of Canada and placed here by the people of this parish was dedicated to members of this Parish who served their country in World Wars I and II. Their names are inscribed on two separate Honor Rolls on the west wall at the back of the Church.

 

The Altar Hangings

 

           Colours are used in the Church to signify particular festivals, fasts and seasons. For example, the proper colour for Christmas and Easter is white, the symbol of purity, joy, and the light of Truth. The colour purple, which signifies both expectation and repentance, is used for the Season of Advent (the four Sundays before Christmas) and the Season of Lent (the 40 days before Easter).

Green, of course, symbolizes life and nature's growth. It is used for most of the Sundays from June through November - the Trinity Season.

Red reminds us of fire and of blood - the fire of the Holy Spirit, and the blood of the martyrs. You will notice that the carpet in the Church is also red. It flows from the Altar like a stream - a life-giving stream of the precious Blood of Christ.

The Sanctuary

 

This area in the Church is called the Sanctuary. In Latin, 'SANCTUS' means 'HOLY'; so this area inside the railing is 'THE HOLY PLACE'. Within the Sanctuary is the ALTAR or the LORD' S TABLE. This sacred structure represents God's Throne, and on it the elements of bread and wine are consecrated in the Lord's Supper or Holy Eucharist.

 

Communion Rail

 

This communion rail was dedicated to the memory of Harry Boyd Swetnam, age 18, a Private in the Grenadier Guards, killed in World War I given by his mother.

 

Sanctuary Lamp

 

The light to the right of the Altar is called the Sanctuary Lamp. It signifies the Eternal Presence of Christ, the Light of the World, and bums continually, seven days a week, 363 days a year. On Good Friday and Holy Saturday, however, the candle is extinguished as we remember the Death and Burial of our Saviour.

The white curtain under the Sanctuary Lamp veils a locked cupboard, set in the wall, called the Aumbry. This is the place where the Holy Communion of Christ's Body and Blood is reserved for distribution to the sick and shut-ins.

The Chapel

 

In England, it was customary to have a Chapel – a smaller, more intimate space - within the larger Church. It was also common for these Chapels to be named in honour of Jesus' Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. In Christian art, St. Mary is often depicted with a blue covering for her head. Therefore, this Chapel, the Chapel of St. Mary and All Angels, has blue carpet and kneeling cushions.

 

Windows in the Chapel

 

Of special interest are the two stained glass windows in the chapel, one on either side of the altar. These are made up of little diamond shaped panes depicting heads of wheat and the grapevine (the bread and wine). The panes were gathered up by the ladies of the parish· after the fire destroyed the first church. in 1873. These windows have now been in all three churches and are considered priceless. The type of glass used, curiously enough, was called "burnt glass" and the art of making it has been lost.