Diocese of Toronto | Anglican Church of Canada

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

“The Dutch Golden Age and the Protestant Aesthetic” An Art History Lecture with Adam Busiakiewicz

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Did you miss it? Listen to the lecture audio here: 1 | 2 | 3


“The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: Music and the Reformation” A Lecture with Robert Busiakiewicz

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
beginning with liturgy at 6:00pm
More details to come!


“Flickering of the Flame: The Book in the Reformation” A Lecture with The Reverend Pearce Carefoote

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
beginning with Evensong from the 1549 BCP at 6:00pm

PJ Carefoote

The Rev’d Pearce Carefoote

Martin Luther compared the invention of the printing press in 1450 to “the flickering of the flame that burns before the end of this age.” He was one of the few to realize that he was living through a revolution – one that would give birth to a new world, much in the same way as today’s digital revolution is radically transforming ours. This presentation, which accompanies the opening of the Cathedral’s exhibition of rare books, will look at some of the key moments of intersection between the press and the Reformation, and will suggest that in order to understand what is happening to our society today, one can look back to those tumultuous moments five hundred years ago for some answers.

The Rev’d Pearce J. (P.J.) Carefoote is the Interim Head of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. He holds a Master of Divinity from the University of Toronto and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (Church History) from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Louvain, Belgium), as well as a Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto. Besides his interest in the Reformation period, he has also written about literary censorship, principally in his book Forbidden Fruit: Banned, Censored, and Challenged Books from Dante to Harry Potter. His current exhibition “Flickering of the Flame: Print and the Reformation” runs until December 20, 2017 at the Fisher Rare Book Library. He is currently honorary assistant at St James’ Cathedral and St George’s-on-the-Hill, Etobicoke.


Exhibit: “The Reformation: Martin Luther and His Legacy”

on view in the Cathedral from October 25 till November 2, 2017

The exhibit will open in the nave of the Cathedral in the late afternoon of Wednesday, October 25, 2017 prior to the special 1549 service, light supper and lecture.

Objects on display will include:

  • Luther’s sermon for the Feast of St. James, printed at Wittenberg, 1522
  • Luther’s sermon for the Feast of John the Baptist, printed at Wittenberg, 1522
  • First Edition of The Great Bible of Henry VIII, printed in London, 1539
  • Book of Common Prayer. Printed in London. 1662
  • Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, 2nd Edition, printed in London, 1570
  • The Roman Missal, printed in Venice after the decrees of the Council of Trent, 1662
  • Two of Luther’s caricatures
  • A number of copies of old engravings

Objects will be in locked museum showcases grouped around our stained glass window showing Bishop Latimer preaching to Edward VI while Princesses Mary and Elizabeth watch.


The Cathedral Church of St James

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