Anglicans around the world number about 85 million in 44 different national churches in communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury. All of us worship using liturgies that find their roots in the English Book of Common Prayer, of which the first edition was published in 1549. Through the creation of this book, the church ensured that lay people could actively participate in services in their own language, instead of clergy conducting them in Latin. We continue in that tradition of lay involvement, using either the 1985 Book of Alternative Service or the 1962 Canadian Book of Common Prayer, which offer both contemporary and traditional language services. We invite you to join with us at any of our services. We encourage everyone to take home their bulletins so that they can keep track of upcoming dates on their calendars.
On the last Wednesday and Thursday of the month respectively, the parish provides services of Holy Communion at the Mariann Home and the Hilltop and Brookside Seniors’ Residences in Richmond Hill.
At Saint Mary’s, all of these services are led by men and women, ordained and lay. In the Anglican Church, our ordained ministers are referred to as bishops, priests and deacons. The priest in charge of a parish is often called the Rector or the Incumbent. We also commission lay readers and eucharistic ministers to assist priests and deacons. The Rector generally preaches and presides, occasionally alternating with guest or supply ministers. At all services of Communion, we offer the sacrament to all Christians, regardless of their denominational background or their current status in that denomination. We also welcome children to receive Communion (at the discretion of their parents) as full members of the family of Christ.