The Gathering of the Community

Hymn: Blue #162 Sing of God Made Manifest

Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

All: And also with you.

Collect for Purity

All: Almighty God to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden.  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
on the holy mount you revealed to chosen witnesses
your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured:
mercifully deliver us from the darkness of this world,
and change us into his likeness from glory to glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading: Exodus 24:12-18

Psalm 2: God’s Promise to His Anointed

Second Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21

Hymn: Blue #167 ‘Tis Good, Lord, to Be Here

The Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9


The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers of the People

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Lord of glory, it is good that we are here. In peace we make our prayer to you. In trust we confirm our faith in you …Help us to set our faces steadfastly to where you would have us go.

Lord, look with favour. Lord, transfigure and heal.

Lord of glory, look with favour on your Church, proclaiming your beloved Son to the world and listening to the promptings of his Spirit … May she be renewed in holiness that she may reflect your glory.

Lord, look with favour. Lord, transfigure and heal.

Lord of glory, look with favour on the nations of the world, scarred by hatred, strife and war … May they be healed by the touch of your hand.

Lord, look with favour. Lord, transfigure and heal.

Lord of glory, look with favour on those in need and distress, suffering as your Son has suffered and waiting for the salvation you promise … May the day break and Christ the Morning Star bring them the light of his presence.

Lord, look with favour. Lord, transfigure and heal.

Lord of glory, it is good if we suffer with you so that we shall be glorified with you. According to your promise bring all Christ’s brothers and sisters … to see him with their own eyes in majesty and to be changed into his likeness from glory to glory. To him be praise, dominion and worship now and for all eternity. Amen.

Hymn: Blue #375 At the Name of Jesus

The Holy Eucharist

A Prayer for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

Leader: Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry; whoever believes in me will never thirst…54 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55 for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.  57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me.  (John 6)

All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

All: Dear Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to possess you within my soul. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you, together with all your faithful people gathered around every altar of your Church, and I embrace you with all the affections of my soul. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

Concluding Prayer

Holy God,
we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
May we who are partakers of his table
reflect his life in word and deed,
that all the world may know
his power to change and save.
We ask this in his name.

Hymn: Blue 491 The Head That Once Was Crowned

Leader: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia!

All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

We pray for: Dominic Chong and Carol Zimmerman, and Maggie and Nicholas


ANNUAL VESTRY MEETING – Today at 12 noon.
Join us after church to review our church life together and complete the more formal tasks, such as the election of church officers and the approval of a Budget for 2023. If you have been coming to St. Matthew’s for at least 3 months, have been to services three times in the past year, are over 16 years of age and do not intend to vote in another Vestry of the Anglican church, you are entitled to vote. Pizza provided!
Lenten Study: Being Christian
Sundays during Lent after church. We’ll share a light lunch as we learn about the Christian faith and about Anglicanism. These classes are for everyone who wants to learn more about being a Christian, and especially for those interested in Baptism or Confirmation. If you’re interested or to find out more, please speak to Mtr Catherine or Fr Trent.
Cold Toenails Run for Refugees
Our annual Cold Toenails Run is back! Run, walk, or crawl a 10 k or half-marathon distance and raise money for our refugee fund and Ukraine Relief Fund. We are supporting Svetlana through our Ukraine Relief Fund and working toward bringing an Eritrean refugee to Canada. To Register or Learn More: Contact Aubrey Duffy or Glenna Kramer
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023, 1:00 p.m start.
To Donate: Online at For Donation Type, select Refugees OR Ukraine Relief Fund

Save the Date

Shrove Tuesday Pancake SupperFebruary 21st 5:30-7:00 pm. Register here:

Ash Wednesday – February 22nd at 7:30pm Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Riverdale,

135 First Avenue, Toronto ON, M4M 1W9



The Rev Dr Catherine Sider-Hamilton – Priest-in-charge: 416-463-9720 

The Rev Trent Pettit – Associate Priest

The Rev Dr Ephraim Radner – Honorary Assistant

Please direct all enquiries to William Middleton, People’s Warden or Audrey Chan, Rector’s Warden

Catherine Sider Hamilton

Catherine Sider Hamilton

Catherine Sider Hamilton is Priest-in-Charge of St. Matthew's Riverdale, and Professor of New Testament and New Testament Greek (part-time) at Wycliffe College. She has served also as Chaplain at Havergal College and Associate Priest at Grace Church on-the-Hill and St. John the Baptist, Norway (Toronto). She enjoys singing around the piano with her kids, her husband's Indian food, all things Italian -- and above all her two little grandchildren. Catherine and David live in Greektown. She blogs occasionally on feasts and fasts at