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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 –

And here is some of Matthew’s own music

by Marilyn Dolmage

Worship Service and Forum Schedule for next six weeks

The following worship services take place on Sunday at 10:30 am in the church.

November 24 Reign of Christ Sunday
December 1 Advent I – Forum to create wreaths
December 8 Advent II – Forum Biblical interpretation challenges


  •           December 15 Advent III – Forum – responses to challenges
  •           December 22 Advent IV children in worship – Forum

Christmas Eve and Day services:
Tuesday, December 24 7:30 pm Caroling and Tree Trimming with 8:30 pm Worship service with communion – children participate in worship
Wednesday, December 25 10:30 am Worship service with communion

Forums follow the service and include a light lunch. They are a 45 minute discussion on a given topic or in some cases like Advent wreath making an active response to a particular subject.

Regular Sunday worship with communion at 10:30 am on Sunday, December 29 – no children’s program

San Esteban Congregation worships in Spanish every Sunday at 2pm

Music Mondays

MM_logoGSLooking for a wonderful way to get away without the expense and hassle of travel? Visit Music Mondays, lunchtime concert series  and be transported to far away places by the music of talented artists. Every Monday until September 30th at 12:15 pm.

January 25 6pm Oasis Service

Fountain Square photoSings My Soul! Join Jan Plecash and Allison Piercey as they provide musical leadership for an hour of community singing and reflection. Oasis services of music and reflection  take place on the last Friday of the month and provide a space to noursish the justice-seeking soul. The service will be followed by a light supper and opportunity to visit. Mark your calendars for the next service on February 22!

You can find these services in the Church of the Holy Trinity next to the Eaton Centre just south of Dundas between Yonge and Bay streets. Come find a quiet centre in the heart of the city!