Archdeacon Hobson presented a memorial to the National Executive Council concerning the Kelley Papers which have been written on the early history of the Anglican Church of Canada, with the recommendation that a unit or commission be established to write an official history of the Anglican Church of Canada, investigating the possibility of editing and printing the Kelley Papers as the first volume of that history.
That the Primate be asked to establish a Commission to study the feasibility of producing a history of the Anglican Church of Canada, and in this respect to consider the Kelley Papers as the basis for volume one of such a project. CARRIED
Four hundred years ago this month a motley crew of English adventurers came ashore on what is now Baffin Island in the midst of their explorations for a northwest passage to the riches of the Orient. Their purpose? Of all things -- to hold a Church service !
It was the third expedition of Martin Frobisher, and, since one of its purposes was to establish a colony of 100 persons if possible, Frobisher had been instructed,
"That a minister or twoo do go in this jorney to use ministration of devyne service and sacraments, according to ye churche of England."
Therefore, Master Wolfal of the Diocese of Bath and Wells, scholar of King's College, ordained by the Bishop of London in April 1569 got the job -- and found himself on the barren northern shores of our country about to make history by celebrating the first Anglican Holy Eucharist in the New World.
He appears to have done well. Here is what the records tell us,
"Maister Wolfall on Winters Fornace (Baffin Island) preached a godly Sermon, whiche being ended, he celebrated also a Communion vpon the lande, at the partaking whereof, was the Captaine of the Anne Fraunces (Best himself) and manye other Gentlemen & Soldiers, Marrinters & Miners wyth hym. The celebration of diune mistery was ye first signe, seale & confirmation of Christes names death & passion euer knowen in all these quarters."
The service itself would have been taken from the Prayer Book of Queen Elizabeth I which had been issued in 1559.
To commemorate this historic event the Anglican Diocese of the Arctic will hold its Diocesan Synod at Frobisher Bay the last week in August this year . During the Synod a special Commemorative Holy Eucharist will be celebrated with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Donald Coggan, as Preacher.
The Chief Celebrant at the Eucharist in St. Jude's Cathedral on Wednesday evening, August 30, will be the Rt. Rev. J.R. Sperry, Bishop of the Arctic. In addition to Dr. Coggan, other Church dignitaries attending will be, the Most Rev. E.W. Scott, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; the Most Rev. F.H.W. Crabb, Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land; the Rt. Rev. G.F.C. Jackson, Bishop Ordinary of the Armed Forces; the Rev. Jens C. Chemnitz, Lutheran Bishop of Greenland and the Rev. Jean Dufour O.M.I., representing Roman Catholic Bishop O. Robidoux.
The Commissioner of the North West Territories, Commission S.M. Hodgson and the Federal Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Hugh J. Faulkner, will represent the two levels of Government in the North at the Service.
The Holy Eucharist this time, unlike its counterpart four centuries ago, will be largely in the Eskimo language and all English parts will be simultaneously translated.
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Bishop Sperry advised the House that his Diocese is making plans for the above commemoration. The precise date is September 3, 1978. The House was informed that the Post Office Department would not issue a commemorative stamp.
"That we pursue further the matter of having the Post Office issue a commemorative stamp on the basis of grounds suggested by our Archivist." CARRIED
"The primacy has evolved throughout the history of the church. In 1893, the church's first primate was a diocesan bishop chosen from among the metropolitans whose only specific duties were to serve as president of General Synod and of the House of Bishops. Since that time, the office of primate has steadily grown to encompass a national episcopal ministry, in which the primate serves as a figure of unity and a reflection of the diversity, challenges and ministries of the church" (p. 8). "Misunderstandings about the primate's role are common, according to Archdeacon Paul Feheley, who has served as principal secretary to the last two primates. Anglicans on different sides of various debates will often send letters to [the Primate Archbishop] Hiltz asking for him to intervene in order to resolve an issue. But, Feheley notes, metropolitans actually have far more influence over matters than the primate. ... 'If you're looking for a whole ton of power, it's not the position to go for', he adds" (p. 8). "'Many of our early primates died from overwork', says [retired Bishop Michael] Ingham. 'The job is just too large for an incumbent to exercise responsibilities as a diocesan bishop as well. This has only become more true over time, rather than less. In 1969, General Synod adopted the model of a detached primacy, in which primates were no longer burdened by the responsibilities of a diocesan bishop" (p. 9). "[Former Primate Michael] Peers traces the seeds of reform to the 1830s, when Thomas Fuller proposed a synodical model of church government, in which dioceses would be led by a synod, or governing body of licensed clergy, lay representatives from the diocese's parishes, ex officio members, and the bishops. Over the following decades, this became the model the church follows today" (p. 9). "An 1893 [Solemn] Declaration which established the Church of England in Canada as a separate and independent body described the church as being 'in full communion' with the Church of England (as opposed to 'an integral portion'), Peers noted. ... 'In a time when there has been pressure to make the Communion more monolithic, more a single entity presided over by primates, I continue to look to this foundational document'" (p. 9). "'Our primates have been and are people of exemplary faith and integrity, asked to hold together the wide diversity of our Anglican Church of Canada with its challenges of geography, cultural and theological differences', [Bishop Linda] Nicholls says. 'Our primate is a mirror for the life of our church, and deserves our deepest commitment of prayer and support'" (p. 9).
Article includes a large colour photo of the primatial cross with caption: "The primatial cross is the only official symbol of the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. It was presented to General Synod in 1937 after the submission of numerous designs. The cross is made of silver gilt and features the arms of General Synod and of the four original dioceses of the Canadian church".
An account of the Winnipeg Conference of 1890. - between representatives of the Province of Canada, the Province of Rupert's Land and the Diocese of New Westminster, held on August 15th and 16th of that year
"The centenary of British Columbia in 1958 has brought a great revival of interest in the history of our Province and its institutions, and not least in the story of its religious life. The first regular Anglican services on the Pacific slope began in 1837, and in 1859 the Diocese of British Columbia was established with Dr. George Hills as the first bishop. Since then the diocese has been divided many times. This book may be regarded as part of the hundredth anniversary of the first bishop's consecration .... The author of this book, Professor Frank A. Peake, is the Archivist of the Ecclesiastical Province [of British Columbia]". -- Foreword.
"This book has been prompted by a growing interest on my part in the life and work of the Church in western Canada .... Not everyone will agree with the selection made but I have tried to trace in broad outline the development of the Church in what is now the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia. It is essentially a book of beginnings and some will be disappointed by the arbitrary terminal dates which have been used. Originally it was my intention to use the outbreak of the First World War as a convenient 'terminus ad quem' but there have been many significant "beginnings" since then, as. for example, the establishment of the Provincial Synod, the formation of the Diocese of Cariboo, and the opening of the Provincial Theological College in its present home on the grounds of the University of British Columbia. Generally speaking, the closing date of this history is about 1927". -- Intro.
Contents: Illustrations -- Abbreviations -- Foreword by the Archbishop of British Columbia / Harold Columbia i.e. Harold Sexton -- Introduction dated The Anglican Theological College, Vancouver, B.C. / F.A. Peake-- The Honourable Company and Its Chaplains -- Early Missionary Ventures -- The First Bishop -- Miners and Missionaries -- Early Stages in Organization -- The Church and Education -- The Cridge Controversy -- The North Pacific Mission: A New Diocese -- New Westminster and the Interior -- Adventure in Kootenay -- Marine Missions -- Missions to Orientals -- The Anglican Theological College -- Further Steps in Organization -- Growth of the Churches in the Far North -- In Retrospect.