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Many people are taken with the beauty and tranquility of our sacred space. Attend one of our services to see how evocative it can be. Freshly arranged flowers, needlepoint kneelers, and finely made linens contribute to the sanctity of our worship without being excessive or ostentatious. Sacred music also plays an important role in our worship.

Concert Venue

Our sacred space is an excellent performance space with exceptional acoustics. it is regularly rented for concerts by outside groups. For more information, please contact Paul Marritt, Director of Parish Operations, at 416.920.5211 ext. 22 / info@christchurchdeerpark.org.

Benedicite Kneelers

Once the chancel had been reconfigured in 1982 to accommodate the installation of the new organ, the original kneelers no longer fit the new altar rail. A decision was made to create a completely new set.

The then rector, the Rev. Canon Ronald Davidson, suggested the "Benedicite" as a theme - a canticle taken from "The Song of the Three Children" in the Apocrypha and a paraphrase of Psalm 148. The canticle is full of wonderful graphic images: the angels rejoice, and praise is raised to all the works of the Lord.

Using this theme, Joyce Hamilton designed the kneelers in thirteen separate sections with a total length of 50 feet. Her design, executed in needlepoint, is continuous and radiates from the central cushions that proclaim the main theme, "All ye works of the Lord, praise Him and magnify Him forever."

More than 2 million stitches make up the completed work. Beginning in February, 1985, and coordinated by Mary Lou Thomson, eleven women participated in the work with a team of six working on every canvas. Original projections allotted five years to complete the stitching but with their enthusiasm and loving commitment, the stitchers completed their work two years ahead of schedule. The kneelers were dedicated on May 15, 1988.

The Benedicite Kneelers were shown in their entirety at the sesquicentennial Liturgical Arts Festival at St. James Cathedral, Toronto, in the fall of 1989, where they received an award for excellence in design and quality of stitching. Sections of the kneelers are often requested for display. They are included in Art of the Spirit, Contemporary Canadian Fabric Art (Dundurn Press, 1992).

If you would like to purchase our note cards bearing images from these kneelers, please contact us.

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Christ Church Deer Park
1570 Yonge Street, Toronto
2 blocks north of St. Clair - NW corner of Yonge & Heath

Diocese of Toronto
Anglican Church of Canada