Special Services & Events

Evensong for the First Sunday of Advent followed by The Mystic Voice of a Violin

Sunday, November 28, 2021, 4 p.m.

Join us in person or online for our annual Advent Evensong at 4 p.m., followed by The Mystic Voice of a Violin, a concert featuring Paulina Derbez. She’s performed in Austria, Switzerland, Mexico, New York, Ottawa and here in Greater Toronto, including on two of St. Olave’s past Arts Guild videos.

This special concert features Bach’s Fugue in G Minor and part of his Chaconne in D Minor, as well as Corelli’s La Folia, all in contrast with various baroque and modern pieces from MexicoDerbez will also include three of her own compositions: Il vento, Signor Pietà and Reflections of the Heart.

The service and concert will also be streamed on our YouTube channel to watch live or later.

Screening, sign-in, face masks and physical distancing are required. Those attending the concert only must provide proof of vaccination.

Autumn 2021 Discussion Series – The English Bible

  • Wednesdays, October 13, 20 and 27;

Join us in person or on our YouTube channel at 7 p.m. for Evening Prayer and then at 7:30 for a discussion with the Rev’d Dr. PJ Carefoote, Head of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Toronto. PJ will examine the evolution of the Bible in the English language, from the primitive attempts to render the Scriptures into the common tongue in the 8th century until the present day, in three parts:

  • October 13 – Lost in translation: Those earliest and lesser-known efforts in the centuries leading up to the 16th-century Reformation. (Click on the image above to view.)
  • October 20 – The King’s Bible: How a seriously and dangerously divided society managed to produce one of the greatest literary treasures of the English-speaking world:  the King James Bible.
  • October 27 – The story’s not over: The ongoing changes to the English Bible from the 17th century to today, in its many forms in print and digital formats; and what they may mean for the English Bible’s role in contemporary society.
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Screening and sign-in, face masks and physical distancing are required for in-person participants.

Summer Book Club

Wednesday, August  25, 7 p.m.

This summer our new book club gets started with Gutter Child, a novel, by Jael Richardson. Click on the image above to view our Book Club launch with author Jael Richardson.

This national bestseller, while set in an imagined world, explores the all too real issues of racism and injustice in our world. It has been described as “fierce and illuminating.” Paper and electronic copies of Gutter Child are available through the Toronto Public Library and through major book retailers. To receive the Zoom link for August 25, please contact stolaves@stolaves.ca

St. Olave’s Day Patronal Festival Evensong

Thursday, July 29, view our Evensong for St. Olave’s Day featuring a special hymn for our patron saint.

Anti-Racism and Witness: Opposing Racism in the Church and the World

June 27, 6 p.m. on Zoom (and live streamed on our YouTube channel)

The last few years have opened our eyes and ears to the burning injustice of racism in society. We believe that racism in all its forms is a sin against God and our neighbour and that, as Christians, we are called to proclaim the Kingdom of God by pursuing justice, breaking down barriers, and affirming the dignity of all people. To elevate the discourse on this important topic, we are hosting a moderated discussion on anti-racism and allyship, particularly as they pertain to our call as Christians to bear witness to the Kingdom of God both within the Church and in our daily lives. 

Our panelists are:

The Rt. Rev’d Chris Harper, Bishop of Saskatoon 

Bishop Chris Harper was born in Paradise Hill, Saskatchewan and spent much of his younger life on Onion Lake Cree Nation. He was an Emergency Medical Technician before his call to ordination. As a priest, he worked in the Dioceses of Saskatchewan,  Algoma and Toronto, where he was the Indigenous Priest for the Diocese. In 2018, he was elected Bishop of Saskatoon, the first Treaty 6 priest to be ordained a Bishop.

Royson James, columnist for the Toronto Star 

Over a 35-year career as a reporter at the Toronto Star, Royson James has been a prominent voice of clarity in the city. Working on the municipal affairs beat, his articles have covered issues of equity, race relations, urban development and politics. He retired from daily reporting in 2016 and currently writes a weekly column for the Star.

Bhutila Karpoche, MPP Parkdale-High Park

Bhutila Karpoche is active on issues around social justice and public health. She is a longtime advocate of affordable housing, workers’ rights and public healthcare and recently tabled a bill in the Legislature on anti-Asian racism. An epidemiologist by training, Bhutila is a public health researcher focusing on the social determinants of health.

Moderator: Brittany Hudson, Child & Youth Minister of St. Olave’s

Brittany Hudson is a community developer, content creator and facilitator currently connected to the developmental sector. She is passionate about creating equitable environments for BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+ and disabled people through education and participating in community-led initiatives. As a graduate student at Wycliffe College, Brittany reflects on the intersections of faith-based (i.e. Christianity, Judaism, Islam etc.) community organizing and government-led initiatives. She is a member of Black Anglicans of Canada and will be returning to St. Olave’s as Child & Youth Minister this fall.

The Best of Animals

June 2, 2021, 7 p.m.

Join us on our YouTube channel for a collection of poetry, prose and music celebrating our fine furry friends. 

A Zoom Eastertide series with
the Reverend Dr. Schuyler Brown

Join Dr. Brown, St. Olave’s Honorary Assistant, for Zen and Christianity, a series based on the book Zen Gifts to Christians, by Zen roshi Robert Kennedy, who is also a Jesuit priest.

Join us on Zoom at 7 p.m. for Evening Prayer, followed by a recorded presentation and live discussion. 

April 14 – Robert Kennedy: Jesuit priest and Zen roshi

April 21 – Meditation and zazen

April 28 – Mix and match

May 5 – Soul: illusion or paradox?


Angels & Giants: Biblical Characters Cloaked in Mystery

A Zoom Lenten series with
the Reverend Rob Mitchell

Wednesdays, February 24 to March 24

7 p.m. – Evening Prayer on Zoom
7:30 p.m. – Video presentation and talk 

Rev’d Rob brings to life some of the most colourful characters of the Bible. Contact the office to receive the Zoom link.

February 24 – Biblical Giants | The Nephilim, Rephaim and Others 

March 3 – Divine Visitors | The Three Visitors to Abraham and Jacob’s opponent

March 10 – Israel’s Helpers | Melchizedek and The Commander of the Lord’s Army 

March 17 – Son of God; Son of Man | The Fourth Man in the Fiery Furnace and the One like a Son of Man

March 24 –  Anonymous Associates | The Fleeing Young Man, The Young Man in the Tomb, and The Beloved Disciple


Thursday, March 18, 5:30 p.m. 

To commemorate the anniversary of the first death in Toronto from COVID-19, and in response to an invitation from Mayor John Tory to faith communities to mark this solemn anniversary, St. Olave’s will hold a special service of Holy Communion for all those who have lost their lives to this disease. The service will be streamed live on St. Olave’s YouTube channel at 5:30 p.m. Please join us in remembering them. Download the Order of Service here.

Arts Guild presents

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 7 p.m.

St. Olave’s Arts Guild presents Comfort & Joy, a collection of light-hearted readings and music for the Christmas season.  

Fall Zoom series with the Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod 

When we pray the Litany in church (BCP p. 30), we ask to be delivered from, among other things, heresy, false doctrine and schism. But what are these heresies, lies and deep divisions that are so bad that we need to be protected from them? Why have they been the cause of such controversy throughout the ages? And why do they continue to figure in our prayers? St. Olave’s Assistant Curate Rev’d Alexandra discussed several of the major heresies and the role they played in shaping the Creeds, the Articles of Religion, and our teaching today. View the talks below.

Arts Guild presents

Together Apart: music and prose for a pandemic

June 24, 2020 7 p.m.

Videos featuring the Book of Common Prayer

St. Olave’s has produced several education videos that bring a focus to the prayerbook. Click hear to view our curated YouTube Playlist. 

Comfortable Words

Rev’d Rob and Rev’d Alexandra are creating a weekly online educational series called Comfortable Words designed to entertain and enlighten during this difficult time. Videos are posted here weekly!

For Children’s Resources click here.

Praying the Psalms with Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod, July 8, 2020

Liturgical Colours with Rev’d Rob Mitchell, June 17, 2020

The Theology of the Eucharist and Spiritual Communion with Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod, June 10, 2020
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The History of Our Parish with Rev’d Rob Mitchell, June 3, 2020

The Prayer of Petition with Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod, May 28, 2020

The Life of the Christian in St. Olave’s Windows with Rev’d Rob Mitchell, May 21, 2020

The Igantian Examen with Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod, May 14, 2020

The Life of Christ in St. Olave’s Windows with Rev’d Rob Mitchell, May 7, 2020

Praying with the Scriptures with Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod, April 29, 2020

Sacred Symbols with the Rev’d Rob Mitchell, April 22, 2020

Anchoresses and Anchorites with the Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod, April 15, 2020

The Prayerbook at Home with the Rev’d Rob Mitchell, April 8, 2020



Eastertide Series: The Art of the Prayerbook

with the Rev’d Dr. Schuyler Brown 

Wednesdays in Eastertide, April 22, 29, May 6, May 13

St. Olave’s Honorary Assistant Rev’d Dr. Schuyler Brown  walks us through John Wall’s major book Transformations of the Word. Video presentations will be posted here each Wednesday, and also shared on Facebook and in the Wednesday e-blasts.

Lenten Series: The Beauty of Holiness

with the Rev’d Rob Mitchell and the Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod

Vestments and Clerical Attire, March 18, 2020

An Instructed Eucharist, March 25, 2020

Rev’d Rob Mitchell and the Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod explore the details of traditional Anglican worship: the structure of Prayer Book services, the items used in worship, the clothing worn by the clergy, and other features that make Anglican services so beautiful.