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Eden London Price Memorial Chapel (1961-2010)
In order to accommodate a growing congregation, the chapel was restored in the summer of 2010 to its original purpose as a seating area for worship focused on the chancel.
The last Eucharist was celebrated in the chapel on June 20, 2010. A prayer of thanks was offered:
Creator of Life, watchful and caring, our source and our end, all that we are and all that we have have are yours. We give you thanks for this chapel. In this place we have gathered to hear your Word, to be nourished by the body and blood of your Son, to heal the sick, to wed those called by love and to bury the dead. In this space we have come to meet you, to be moved and transformed by your love. Thank you for this chapel. As we restore this space to its original purpose, may it become a resting place for the weary, a home for the newcomer and the old timer, a perch where your grace may reach the hungry and poor. Be present always to guide and to judge, to illumine and to bless. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
During further renovations in the summer of 2015, the reredos was removed to make room for a new ramp to the chancel. Panels with symbols described below have been mounted on the back wall of the main worship space.
William Arthur Price left a bequest upon his death in 1957 to the Church of the Redeemer for the establishment of a chapel in memory of his wife Eden who predeceased him in 1952. Working with the architects Mathers and Handelby, the rector and parish leaders of the day selected the east transept for the Eden London Price Memorial Chapel – a chapel that was to be simple with oak panels for the reredos and sides. Initially pews from the transept provided seating for the chapel but chairs soon replaced pews.
The design and arrangement of the symbols on the reredos (the wooden panel behind the altar) was planned by the Reverend Owen P. Prichard, Rector of the Church of the Redeemer (1954-1980) and painted by Sydney H. Watson, Principal of the Ontario College of Art. The symbols represented were based on the Service of Litany found in the Prayer Book.
By following the Great Litany found on page 138 of the Book of Alternative Services and the descriptions of the symbols below, you can see how the reredos illustrates this prayer.
Begin in the top left corner and leave the centre “Lamb” panel until the end.
We begin our Prayer of Approach to God:
We continue with Prayers Recalling Christ's Saving Work:
We offer Prayers of Intercession for the World and Ourselves:
For our Country
For the Church
For all People
We Conclude Our Prayers ...
This reredos will be relocated within the church during future phases of the Making More Room Project.
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