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Join us as we worship with members from the Order of St. Lazarus.

About the Order of St. Lazarus

Established in 1098, the Order of Saint Lazarus is one of the oldest Orders of Chivalry in the world. The modern Order welcomes members from all Christian faiths. Brought to Canada by then Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Honourable J. Keiller Mackay, the Grand Priory of Canada was created in 1962 by the first bilingual act in Parliament. The Toronto Commandery was founded the same year as the first chapter Canada. It is the largest of the twelve Canadian Commanderies and is also one of thelargest in the world-wide Order of St. Lazarus. Members of the Toronto Commandery organize and attend several ecumenical and fund raising events throughout the year in support of ecumenism, leprosy, and hospice palliative care charities. 



“O come Ye Servants of the Lord” Christopher Tye (c. 1505 – c. 1573)The musical source for this well-known piece is Tye’s 1553 publication The Actes of the Apostles, a rendering of that New Testament book in metrical verse together with a musical setting for each chapter. The music for ‘Laudate nomen’ is the setting for Chapter 4 in Tye’s version; however, the Latin text with which the music is now generally associated is a substitute text, being a paraphrase of the first verse of Psalm 112; an English translation of this, beginning ‘O come, ye servants of the Lord’. (CPDL ChoralWiki, 2019). 


“There is a Balm in Gilead” African American Spiritual arr. William Levi Dawson (1899-1990) Noted composer and choral director, Dawson graduated from Tuskegee Institute (later Tuskegee University) Alabama in 1921. Ten years later, he returned to his alumnus to head the music department, a position he held for 25 years. He founded the Tuskegee Choir, which performed internationally.  His largest symphonic work, Negro Folk Symphony, was first premiered by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1934. Following a research trip to West Africa, Dawson revised the Symphony in 1952 to include traditional African percussion rhythms. That version was recorded for Decca by Stokowski in 1963, re-issued by Deutsche Gramophone in 2007. The Detroit Symphony under Neemi Järvi recorded the work in 1993 for Chandos, who re-issued it in 2001 along with works by Duke Ellington. The point of this narration is that Dawson’s symphony had a lasting impact on the evolution of the American Symphonic form.