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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday Festival: Advent Chapel

Today's Wednesday Festival celebrates a wonderful initiative of the Diocese of Montreal.  Four friends of RevGals have set up a wonderful "oasis of calm in a hectic mall / Une oasis de calme dans un monde frénét..." (the site is bilingual.)  Do visit the site, which describes the project and has Advent reflections as well.  Also, please friend them on Facebook, and pray for the endeavor. 

The Advent Chapel is an outreach ministry of the Diocese of Montreal located in the old Diocesan Book Room space in the Promenades Cathédrale mall. This space will be set up to offer shoppers and others a ministry of presence in the mall: “an oasis of calm in a hectic mall.”

The chapel will be staffed by volunteers, and offer visitors hot drinks, crafts and toys, information on Anglican parishes and ministries as well as space for prayer, meditation and holy conversation. Mostly, the space will offer a break from the noise and pressure of the mall – a chance to sit down, rest, and collect one’s thoughts.

The chapel will be open December 1 – 24, 2011 on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 pm-9pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 pm.

Follow the evolution of the project through our general updates.

You can see where we’re starting from (including a video introduction) in The “Before” Picture.

Would you like to pitch in? There are a few things you could do to help out.

The Promenades Cathédrale mall is located underground underneath Christ Church Cathedral, at McGill metro.


  1. I love and adore this wonderful idea.

    All the more because I have been to the very place where the Advent Chapel is taking place! I was in Montreal for a conference and having a hard time with some personal things that were going on at home...

    and I went daily to Noonday Prayer at the Cathedral...

    and then for lunch to the mall down the stairs, and many days ended up skipping lunch to visit the wonderful Cathedral bookstore. I still have a little magnet on my fridge that I got there, that says, "Jésus est le Seigneur."

    Praying for Advent Chapel as it opens for the first time; for those who will minister and be ministered to there.

  2. MB, I was there too, 2.5 weeks ago -- and met some of the folks involved in the project! As you say...

  3. Thanks for the encouragement, Mary Beth & Crimson Rambler. We appreciate it!


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