St. Olave’s has been worshipping as a congregation for more than 125 years
When you attend a service of worship at St. Olave’s, you will notice that common prayer (or praying together) is an important part of how we worship together. The rich tradition of set prayers from the BCP forms the backbone of our services. Saying the same liturgical words that have been said over the centuries is part of the comforting ritual and tradition of our services. We hope you will find that sense of comfort and joy as you worship with us.
What is the Anglican Church all about?
The best short answer is probably the Mission Statement of the Anglican Church of Canada:
“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 an Anglican service like?
Visit the Diocese of Toronto’s website to learn more.
What is the Book of Common Prayer?
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is a small book that lists all the services throughout the year, including many passages from the King James Bible. It is much smaller than a Bible! 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. It was written in 1662, and later revised in 1962. While many Anglican Churches adopted the Book of Alternative Services (BAS) in 1985, St. Olave’s is among the 17 Anglican Churches in Toronto to retain 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 website of the Prayer Book Society of Canada.
“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.