St. Hildegard’s Sanctuary
All are welcome!
St. Hildegard’s Sanctuary is an inclusive, arts-based, contemplative Christian community. We engage creativity to respond to and connect with the Holy, with one another, and with the broader community.
We gather on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Our words and actions will reflect our awareness and appreciation of this.
During our Sunday evening services stations are set up around the worship space that have creative/kinaesthetic elements, with varying possibilities to paint, write, play with sand or water, light candles, offer prayers, and always there is time and space for reflection. Seeking the Creator for hope, healing, rest, and sustenance, we remember Jesus, share bread and wine, and extend the invitational love of God.
We gather every Sunday evening at 5pm at St. Faith’s Anglican Church,
7284 Cypress Street (at W. 57th Avenue), Vancouver, BC.
We also have monthly Friday evening and seasonal special events, which focus on exploration of diverse creative spiritual practices, with featured facilitators.
Whether you call St. Hildegard’s home – or simply want to visit with us – you are welcome! You do not have to identify as an artist to join us. Come as a beloved creation of God!
The Reverend Melanie Calabrigo is the priest who gathers this community. The worship space, liturgy, and practices are trauma-informed.
St. Hildegard’s Sanctuary is generously supported by Faith’s Anglican Church, and by additional project specific grants from the Anglican Foundation of Canada.
About St. Hildegard
Hildegard of Bingen was a German Benedictine abbess, mystic, writer, artist, composer, philosopher, pharmacist, theologian, preacher, and visionary. She wrote theological, botanical, and medicinal texts, as well as liturgical songs, and poems. She was praised for the humility with which she received God’s gifts and for the rich theological content of her mystical visions.
Hildegard’s visions caused her to see people as “living sparks” of God’s love, coming from God as daylight comes from the sun. She saw the harmony of God’s creation and the place of all people in that.
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