Salvation in Jesus Christ Though His Holy Orthodox Church
Icon of Christ – Pantocrator
To continue the mission of the One, Holy Apostolic Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the nations, to whom our service has been entrusted, we endeavor – at every hour – to spread the message of salvation granted to the Holy Apostles as Our Lord commands, to be a light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. In this mission and mandate, we preserve – unadulterated – the Sacred Tradition of the Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church.
Consequently, the mission and mandate of our local Parish of All Saints is aptly stated in the words of our Savior, Jesus Christ: “the gospel must first be preached to all the nations”(Mark 13:10). This great commissioning is a call for the Church and hence, true Orthodox Christians, to bring salvation, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to all the nations. In establishing the first Holy Mystery or Sacrament of the Church, our Savior – Himself baptized by John in the river Jordan – having suffered, died and rose on the third day, spoke to His disciples, saying: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28: 18-20).
The Actual Mission of His Churches
Our Work As Part of the Living Body of Christ/The Church
Our vocation as Orthodox Christians and therefore the work of the local Church, is to actively participate in the fulfillment of the Great Commission as indicated in Matthew 28. Proclaiming the “Good News” of salvation through Christ, ministering to all persons and all needs in His name and for His glory, and being good and faithful servants and stewards is the work of all the faith-filled who make up the living body of Christ on earth.
All Saints Orthodox Cathedral – Ministries & Mission
Providing For Spiritual & Temporal Needs
All Saints Orthodox Cathedral offers various ways to provide for the spiritual and temporal needs of individuals. We do so, keeping in mind that salvation must be offered in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, regardless of ethnic, racial, cultural or social backgrounds. Reflecting the rich mosaic of peoples in Canada, we are proudly a muti-ethnic, multi-cultural and mutli-racial Orthodox Church. Our Sunday Divine Liturgy, Holy Mysteries/Sacraments and all Services and programs in the Cathedral Parish are offered in one of the two official languages of Canada, English. Our Parish follows the proper Canonical, Old Calendar for the entire Church/Liturgical year, in adhereance to the unchanging and venerable patrimony and praxis of Orthodoxy and, in spite of the many religious, secular and social pressures to conform to the world. In this we stand as living witnesses and defenders of the true faith…Orthodoxy!
The Sunday Divine Liturgy (click here for a general Schedule of Services) is the prayerful “work” of the faithful in the Lord’s Name, on the Lord’s Day, to render due worship, honor, glory, praise and thanksgiving unto God. In this Liturgy we are nourished spiritually by hearing the word of God in the Holy Scriptures and especially by receiving the Holy Eucharist, the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. The structure of the Divine Liturgy provides for the faithful countless opportunities to offer rightful and due worship and praise to God, utilizing all of our human senses; we hear God’s word from the Holy Scriptures, the prayerful petitions and the singing of Psalms and hymns; we are reminded that we uplift our prayers to God as fragrant incense rises and fills us with a “sweet spiritual aroma”; as we view them, the Holy Icons remind us and teach us of salvation in Christ and the history of salvation from the beginning of Creation; we are given an opportunity to partake of Holy Communion and to “receive the Body of Christ, to drink from the Fountain of Immortality”; we sign ourselves with the Cross and make bows. In this act of worship we dispose and open ourselves to being touched and changed, renewed and energized spiritually.
During the Sunday Divine Liturgy a sermon (primarily but not exculsively) based upon the Holy Scriptures is offered to the faithful. In addition to Holy Scriptures, various sources are drawn from including the teachings of the Church Fathers, the lives of the Saints and Orthodox Church traditional teaching in the spiritual, moral, ethical and social realms. Following the Divine Liturgy, the Cathedral also offers the faithful an opportunity for community-building and fellowship in our Hall with our coffee,lunch and fellowship hour.
Together with the Sunday Divine Liturgy and the cycles of Fasts and Feasts, we offer Cathedral-based programs including: Orthodox Adult Education and Scripture Study classes, a Sunday/Church School program for children and an Orthodox Youth Ministry. All Saints reaches out to the greater community with ongoing support of local projects and charities of benefit to the many in our society with particular or special needs. We actively and regularly offer assistance to food bank projects, provide clothing and household articles to those in need and provide various supports for seniors.
Our common mission underlines the fact that we – as Orthodox Christians – are called to be the “light of the world”, shining before all people (Matthew 5:14) and “the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13) adding to lives what is often neglected, forgotten or missed in the complicated age in which we live. All Saints Orthodox Cathedral offers – in being faithful to the unchanging inheritance of Orthodoxy – growth in your faith, strength for this earthly journey unto life everlasting, and opportunities for service and stewardship (John 12:26).