In 1990 a group of men began practicing sacred music and performing in local Reformed churches under the direction of Herman den Hollander. At its organization in 1992, the choir chose to adopt the name "Mattaniah", referring to the great-grandson of the well-known Jerusalem temple musician Asaph. Mattaniah, whose name means "Gift of Jehovah", was a Levite whose responsibility it was to blow the horns in the temple service as appointed by David.
Our choir and its repertoire are founded upon the infallible Word of God and on the doctrines expressed in the Three Forms of Unity: Heidelberg Catechism (1563), The Belgic Confession of Faith (1561) and Canons of Dordt (1618-1619). Our repertoire consists of variations of Psalms, Psalters, Hymns and other sacred songs.
The choir consists of male members between the ages of 15 and 80 of various reformed backgrounds. Our weekly practices are held in the Free Reformed Church on Weirs Lane in Dundas every Tuesday from late August until the end of April. The choir gives performances in the months of October, November, December, March, April and May in churches throughout southern Ontario. Annual concerts are held in Grand Rapids, Michigan (November) and Wayne, New Jersey (April).
The aim of the choir is to sing praises to God and to edify each other in singing sacred music. We desire to exalt the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the mediator between God and man. God also hath highly exalted Him and given Him a name, which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2: 9-11) We sincerely hope and pray that God may bless you through this ministry of music in whatever your need may be.
Bert Suyker, President