Welcome to Christ The Saviour Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Toronto.
Please visit us: We are located at 823 Manning Avenue, Toronto. Nearest intersection Bathurst & Dupont. Nearest subway stations: Christie and Bathurst.

Rector: Archpriest Vasily Kolega. Phone: (416) 522-5237

Church office phone: (416) 534-1763. Services are conducted according to the schedule.

Holy Unction- Sobornal in our Cathedral

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The sacrament of the Holy Unction will be served in our Cathedral in March 28th (Thursday) at 7 PM.
You could bring bottle of oil for the consecration or could take Holy oil after Soboral.
"...let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven" ( James 5:14-15).
The sacrament of the unction of the sick is the Church’s specific prayer for healing. If the faith of the believers is strong enough, and if it is the will of God, there is every reason to believe that the Lord can heal those who are diseased.
The sacrament of anointing is a “sobornal” sacrament in the traditional Orthodox practice. This means that as many of the faithful as possible are gathered to participate in the prayers. The rite itself calls for seven priests, seven readings from the epistles and gospels, seven prayers and seven anointings with oil specifically blessed for the service. Although it is not always possible to perform the sacrament in this way, the normal procedure is still to gather together as many priests and people as possible.
The express purpose of the sacrament of holy unction is healing and forgiveness.

Annual General Perish Meeting

Dear Parishioners,

On behalf of the Rector and the Parish Council, thank you for your continued, generous support of the Church. This is to inform that the

Annual General Parish Meeting

will be held on

Sunday, March 3rd 2019 at 1:30PM

in the upper church hall (after Divine Liturgy)

We strongly request the presence of all parish members in good standing at the meeting.

According to Parish Bylaws, Article VII:
Section 1. a) Only voting members in good standing may vote at Parish meeting. Section 3. b) Only voting members in good standing may speak in discussions.

According to Parish Bylaws, Article V, Section 2:
A voting member of this Parish is one who is:
a. A member of at least 18 years of age, who partakes of the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion on a regular basis (at least once per year)
b. Has been on the parish mailing list for at least one year; or has been canonically transferred from another parish;
c. Has fulfilled such financial obligations in the previous fiscal year (currently a donation of no less than $200 per person or $250 per couple per year)
d. Has made a meaningful contribution to the life of the Parish according to the discretion of the Rector.

Please Note: If quorum is not met on this day, the AGM will be adjourned to the following week.

Rector and the Parish Council


Agenda for the Annual General Meeting
March 3, 2019

1. Opening prayer
2. Establishment of a quorum
3. Reports
    ◦ Rector
    ◦ Warden
    ◦ Sisterhood
    ◦ School
4. Financial statement
5. Auditor’s report
6. Budget
7. Elections
    ◦ Parish council
    ◦ Auditing committee
    ◦ Lay representative to the Archdiocese Assembly
8. Old business
9. New business
10. Adjournment
11. Closing prayer

The final farewell to Father Philip

Tuesday, February 12th
7pm, Panikhida

Wednesday, February 13th
8:30am - Hierarchical Liturgy
10am - Funeral Service

Biography of Archimandrite Philip.

He was born March 19, 1947 at St. Charles Hospital in Aurora, IL, USA. Parents were Mary (Mondello) Speranza (4-5-1921 to 2-14-2017) & Samuel Speranza (1-30-1913 to 5-26-1996). Philip grew up in Wheaton IL, a western suburb of Chicago, IL. Philip knew from about age 8 that he wanted to be a priest. He graduated high school from Sacred Heart Missionaries Seminary in Geneva IL. He attended graduate school at Northern IL University in DeKalb, IL. Philip works summers on the Northwestern Railroad (out of Chicago) to help pay his private high school tuition. Philip's interest in Orthodoxy began at an early age - comparative religions is an unusual interest for an eighteen-year-old. Eventually, the draw of Orthodoxy won his heart & soul. He was ordained an Orthodox priest 1-21-1973 and served in Pennsylvania, then was received into the Archdiocese of Canada in 1992, and recently celebrated 46 years as a priest. He served parishes in Calgary, rural Alberta and was assigned rector in 2005 at Holy Trinity Church, Edmonton, Alberta. Most recently, he "semi-retired" & was assigned as second priest at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Toronto, Ontario.

His hobbies, besides books & reading, were old pocket watches. He loved science fiction movies. Eating Mom's homemade ravioli was his favorite meal.

He is survived by his sister, Joanne Speranza Walker; her husband, Larry F. Walker, of Inverness, Florida; Philip's nephew, Eric P. Walker & Eric's family, wife, Michelle & daughters, Heather & Hannah of Kingston, Illinois: and numerous cousins in Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Florida, Brazil, Belgium & Sicily.

Panihida at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12th, at Russian Orthodox Christ the Saviour Cathedral, 823 Manning Street, Toronto, Ontario. On Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Hierachical Liturgy, followed by Funeral Service for a Priest at 10:00 a.m. His Eminence, Archbishop Irénée will preside at all the services.
Interment at a later date in Russian Orthodox Cemetery in Rawdon, Quebec, Canada.

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