A Message from the Rector
Welcome to our website! Like many other organizations, our building is currently closed to the public due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We here at St. Olave’s are continuing our ministry, albeit in very different ways than usual. Our services and education events are being presented in video format. And our Assistant Curate, Alexandra, and myself continue to offer pastoral care by phone, email and video-conferencing.
This is a challenging time for all of us. Many have lost their jobs and many live in fear of this disease for themselves and their loved ones. Our whole society has been upended in ways that are not particularly agreeable. But please know that St. Olave’s is here for you. We are here to talk, to help, and to support you. We check our email and phones regularly, and will return any inquiries promptly. We continue our ministry of regular prayer, praying especially each day for those who are sick, those who have died, those in anxiety and fear, and the unemployed.
We look forward to the day we can once again worship in our building as a community. Until then, our hearts remain open and we are here to serve the needs of Swansea and beyond.
Robert Mitchell, Rector
416-769-5686 ext. 1
St. Olave’s upholds the Anglican Church of Canada’s mission:
“As a partner in the worldwide Anglican Communion and in the Universal Church, we proclaim and celebrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Worship and action.
“We value our heritage of biblical faith, reason, liturgy, tradition, bishops and synods, and the rich variety of our life in the community.
“We acknowledge that God is calling us to greater diversity of membership, wider participation in ministry and leadership, better stewardship in God’s creation and a stronger resolve in challenging attitudes and structures that cause injustice.
“Guided by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to respond to this all in love and service and so more fully live the life of Christ.”
What is the Book of Common Prayer?
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is a small book that contains the scripture readings and words for all the services throughout the year. When you come to St. Olave’s or any Anglican Church, you will notice that common prayer (or praying together) is an important part of how Anglicans worship together. The rich tradition of set prayers from the BCP forms the backbone of our services at St. Olave’s. It was first compiled in England in 1549 but was revised several times up until 1662. In Canada, the BCP was last revised in 1962. While many Anglican Churches have since adopted the newer Book of Alternative Services (BAS) for many of their services, St. Olave’s is among a small group of parishes in Canada that continues to exclusively use the BCP, which has been called the “priceless possession of the Anglican Church.” Saying the same liturgical words that have been said over the centuries is, for many, part of the comforting ritual and tradition of our services.
To learn more about the Book of Common Prayer, visit the resource page of the Prayer Book Society of Canada’s website.
“If you’re in a parish that uses the prayer book very naturally—where people know what page you’re on, or rather, don’t need to look at the page anymore—you can experience it as a natural, flowing, perfectly harmonious way of worshipping,” says Dr. Jesse Billett, Trinity College, University of Toronto. Excerpted from “The Book of Common Prayer in Worship Today”, published by the Anglican Church of Canada.