Poem in Honour of Matthew Dolmage

This poem is to honour Matthew Dolmage, who was born

April 2, 1974 and who died February 21, 2004.

His mother Marilyn wrote it, and would like to recognize all the ways Matthew’s memory remains among the people and within the sanctuary of The Church of the Holy Trinity.

Matthew heard the birds in Bach.

So the piano trills in the Prelude in E flat minor

Make me smile on a February morning,

Remembering how Matthew loved bird music.


I think about the grayness outside

But imagine a peripheral flutter of feathers –

Despite the damp dark cold,

A surprise stirring of colour, warmth, life…


Matthew loved the spaces between sounds –

The resounding of one note, suspended.

How long will the interval last?

He laughed out loud at those surprises.


He enjoyed the connections among notes too.

Returning home, he would race to the piano

To replicate the chords he had heard

In car horns and as subway doors closed.


Matthew’s own musical compositions

Were complex and enigmatic.

He was lulled by loops of electronic rhythm

But thrilled to invent keyboard suspense and surprise.


You have to know and understand patterns

To rejoice so much when they change.

There can be ordered beauty to music, nature, love…

But with anomaly comes creativity and great delight.


Thank you to William Aide – piano virtuoso, gentle man, Matthew’s friend –

who provided the Musical Meditation February 4, 2018,

at the Church of the Holy Trinity. Toronto

You can watch a pianist’s hands, as Matthew loved to do,

in this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX69L3QJm4M

And here is some of Matthew’s own music https://soundcloud.com/jay-t-dolmage/matthew-dolmage-trains-and

by Marilyn Dolmage

We Are A Covenant People (Homily for Lent I)

Readings:   Genesis 9:8-17     Psalm 25:1-10    Mark1:9-15

Starting over. 

Beginning a new chapter. 

Turning over a new leaf. 

Under new management. 




We have so many different ways of talking about making a fresh start, and as many reasons for wanting or needing to. Disruptive technology puts someone out of a job. Manufacturing moves to a different continent. The market crashes. A Marriage ends. You win the lottery. Continue reading We Are A Covenant People (Homily for Lent I)

Lent 2018 at Holy Trinity: We Are A Covenant People

Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day coincide this year. With two service times—12:15 PM and 6:00 PM—you can still make a Valentine’s dinner reservation.

The ashes for Ash Wednesday are made by burning the palm branches from last Palm Sunday. With the words, “Remember you are dust, and to dust you will return,” we are reminded of our mortality.

On the Sundays in Lent, the appointed Hebrew Scripture readings in Year B focus on covenants: the covenant with Noah on February 18, the covenant with Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah on February 25th, the covenant with Moses (the 10 Commandments) on March 4th, the covenant in the wilderness on March 11th, and the new covenant that Jeremiah foretells on March 18th. Continue reading Lent 2018 at Holy Trinity: We Are A Covenant People

Dethroning Mammon – Sunday Morning Forums

“Money and power are closely related. It is almost impossible to see the impact of one without understanding the desire for the other.. Power flows to a large degree from money. And money is easier to acquire when one has power. One of the characteristics of poverty is that you are the object of other people’s power, rather than the subject who decides what to do with your own power.” Continue reading Dethroning Mammon – Sunday Morning Forums

HolyTrinity.TO–our new home on the web

We’ve been on the web for a long time now. When we first came online, social media was email and we picked holytrinitytoronto.org because it was available and was relatively clear. We collectively refer to ourselves as H.T. and have done so since before anyone can remember.

Times change and–while we stand firm in our commitment to justice and to maintaining a spiritual oasis for all in the heart of this beautiful, but frantic, city–we change too.

As we have expanded our presence on social media, we have, through a mix of forethought and happenstance, become pretty solidly HolyTrinityTO. It’s a closer match to the more informal folk we are and so we are moving our web presence a bit to be more in sync. Over the next few months we’ll be migrating our web and email to a new domain. The old addresses will work (and probably always will), but we’ll be more deliberately hanging out at HolyTrinity.TO (or on social media at HolyTrinityTO).

loving justice in the heart of our city