Welcome to our Parish home page. We invite you to come to St. Aidan's and share with us as we worship and glorify God.
If you are looking for a small loving community that truly makes you feel a part of the Body of Christ, where the traditional liturgy is reverently celebrated and the teaching is biblical and orthodox, we hope you'll consider our parish.
We believe that in the Holy Scriptures, the Catholic Creeds, the Lord's Sacraments, and the Apostolic Succession, the essential nature of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church is faithfully preserved, and through them the Catholic Religion is faithfully practised. Saint Aidan's mission is to worship God, to live in Christ's love, and to offer that love to a fallen world.
O holy Bishop Aidan, Apostle of the North and light of the Celtic Church, glorious in humility, noble in poverty, zealous monk and loving missionary, intercede for us sinners that Christ our God may have mercy on our souls.
The Anglican Catholic Church is the Canadian Province of the Traditional Anglican Communion. "Anglican" simply means "English" in Latin. Our branch of the Catholic Church is as old as the Roman Catholic branch and nearly as old as the eastern catholic, or Orthodox branch of the universal Church. Legend suggests that Joseph of Arimathea brought the catholic faith to England and that Aristobulus was consecrated the first Anglican bishop by Saint Paul before St. Peter reached Rome.
Historic documents list three Anglican bishops as in attendance at the Council of Nicea in 325.
In 596 the Bishop of Rome, Gregory the Great, saw fair-haired, blue-eyed slaves on display in a Roman market. He asked where they were from, and when he was told about the British Isles, he instructed St. Augustine of Canterbury to travel to England to bring the Christian Faith. Imagine the surprise of St. Augustine when he arrived to discover the Anglican Church firmly established with cathedrals, monasteries, parish churches, and a valid apostolic succession of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons.
Our jurisdiction was formed in 1977 by Anglican bishops, clergy, and faithful to preserve traditional Anglo-Catholic doctrine and forms of worship in the face of rampant changes in liturgy, morality, and Order, by liberals within the Church, which threatened the historic Apostolic Succession.
The TRADITIONAL ANGLICAN COMMUNION
has dioceses and parishes in Canada,
the United States, England, Ireland, France, Zambia, Congo, Zimbabwae, Kenya,
South Africa, India, Pakistan, Japan, Central and South America, the Torres
Straits and Australia. We are in full communion with the Forward in Faith
parishes of the Church of England and the Episcopal Church of the United States
of America . By preserving the faith once delivered to our fathers, the
jurisdiction has ensured the continuation of the Anglican expression of the
The Parish of Saint
Aidan is rich in catholic tradition
and evangelical witness. The Book of Common Prayer (1962) is used at all services of public worship.
The Eucharist is a moving, reverential, and
uplifting experience for all who attend.
Sung Mass (1962 BCP): 11:00 AM
Said Mass (1962 BCP): 7:00 PM
Red Letter Feast Days:
Mass (1962 BCP): 7:00 PM
Confessions: by appointment
We warmly welcome new parishioners and families and we offer an excellent Sunday school, and nursery.
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and Chancellor of Canada
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The Right Reverend Shane B. Janzen, D.D.
Cathedral Church of Saint John the Evangelist
980 Falmouth Road
Victoria, B.C. V8X 3A3
A few of our less bashful parishioners . . .
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The Bishop never stands still!
We would love to
have you join our growing parish family. We extend a sincere,
heartfelt welcome to all.
ECUM SECUM PARISH
"Parish of St. George-by-the-Sea"
Emboldened by the news of
a traditional, bible believing Anglican parish in Halifax, Christians from the
Ecum Secum area have asked for traditional Anglican ministry to their area.
In response to this request, on Sunday, July 24, 2005 Father Craig Botterill
celebrated the Holy Communion at the Moser's River St. Giles' Presbyterian Church. Fifty five local people attended the traditional
B.C.P. service. Since then Regular services have been held at this
location Sundays at 11:00 a.m.. Four visits by Anglican Catholic Bishops have
included eleven Confirmations. Most recently, on August 30, 2009, Bishop
Craig Botterill baptised three children and Confirmed five at a service attended
by more than 60 local Anglicans.
Contact: Fr. Harley Kynock
Who Was St. Aidan of Lindisfarne?
During the seventh century Northumbria, comprising the kingdoms of Bernicia and Deira, was a battleground in which the fate of rival kings determined whether the Celtic or the Roman Church should be the prevailing missionary influence. In 616, when King Ethelfrith of Northumbria was defeated in battle and slain, his son Oswald took refuge in Scotland and was converted to Christianity at Iona. Edwin, the new king, also became a Christian, but under the influence of Saint Paulinus, bishop of York, whose allegiance was to Rome. After Edwin's death in 633, Paulinus abandoned his work in northern England. Oswald returned from exile and eventually became king, whereupon he sent to Iona for a bishop who would preach the gospel in Northumbria.
The first Celtic bishop, Corman, soon returned to Iona, where he declared that the Angles of Northumbria were too stubborn and intractable. The historian Bede writes that, at a meeting to discuss the problem, an Irish monk called Aidan suggested that Corman had been unreasonably harsh with his unlearned listeners, and "did not first, as the Apostle has told us, offer them the milk of less solid doctrine". It was immediately resolved to send Aidan to Northumbria as bishop.
Little is known of the saint's early life, save that he may have studied under Saint Senan on Scattery Island, Co. Clare. He arrived in Northumbria c. 635, and with Oswald's consent made his headquarters on the offshore island of Lindisfarne, close to Oswald's castle at Bamburgh. It was a fruitful partnership, with Oswald having on occasion to interpret the words of Aidan, who lacked fluency in the English language.
When Oswald was killed in battle in 642, Aidan worked equally well with Oswin, king of Deira. Aidan preached widely throughout Northumbria, travelling on foot, so that he could readily talk to everyone he met. When Oswin gave him a horse for use in difficult terrain, Aidan quixotically gave it to a beggar soliciting alms. Oswin was angry until, as Bede recounts, Aidan asked if the son of a mare was more precious to the king than a son of God. Oswin sought Aidan's pardon, and promised never again to question or regret any of his wealth being given away to children of God. Both Oswald and Oswin are venerated in England as saints and martyrs.
Scores of Scottish and Irish monks assisted Aidan in his missionary work, building churches and spreading Celtic Christian influence to a degree that Lindisfarne became the virtual capital of Christian England. The saint also recruited classes of Anglo-Saxon youths to be educated at Lindisfarne. Among them was Saint Eata, abbot of Melrose and later of Lindisfarne. In time, Eata's pupil, Saint Cuthbert, also became bishop of Lindisfarne.
Aidan lived a frugal life, and encouraged the laity to fast and study the scriptures. He himself fasted on Wednesdays and Fridays, and seldom ate at the royal table. When a feast was set before him he would give the food away to the hungry. The presents he received were given to the poor or used to buy the freedom of slaves, some of whom entered the priesthood. During Lent Aidan would retire to the small island of Farne for prayer and penance. While there in 651, he saw smoke rising from Bamburgh, which was then under attack by the pagan King Penda of Mercia. He prayed for the wind to change, and many of the besiegers were destroyed by fire.
When Oswin was killed in 651 by his treacherous cousin Oswy, king of Bernicia, Aidan was grief-stricken. The saint outlived Oswin by a mere twelve days, dying in a shelter he had erected against the wall of his church in Bamburgh.
Who are "Traditional Anglicans" ?
Read the Document which created our jurisdiction:
The Affirmation of St. Louis