It's getting very blue-and-white around here as Quebec's National Day approaches: tomorrow, June 23, the feast day of Quebec's patron saint, John the Baptist.
The 23rd hasn't fallen on a Sunday for a while, but tomorrow we Anglicans are celebrating with special music all day long to commemorate John the Baptist. If you'd like to listen to Evensong, it will be broadcast live at 4:00 pm, eastern daylight savings time. Here's the program, which includes the magnificent Second Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) by Orlando Gibbons and his verse anthem, "This is the Record of John" in which the verses are sung by our alto/counter-tenor soloist, Simon Honeyman, and the refrains by the entire choir. Sadly, it will be Simon's last time with us; he's moving -- and we'll miss him and his wonderful voice very much.
It's also our last choir date for the season -- now we've got two months of "pick-up" choir with half our soloists each week, until we return in September. It's been a very good year for me but as much as I love to sing, I'll be grateful to have some time off, and some free Sundays.