Diocese of Toronto | Anglican Church of Canada


Join us for Worship This Sunday

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Service Leaflets will be posted on Thursday afternoons. View past service leaflets and homily audio here.

Learn more about our Sunday services.

8:00am Said Eucharist

  • Celebrant: The Vicar

9:00am Sung Eucharist

9:00am Service Leaflet
  • Celebrant: The Vicar
  • Homilist: The Dean
  • Motet: In Te Domine Speravi – Gesualdo

10:15am Said Mattins (Lady Chapel)

11:00am Choral Eucharist

11:00am Service Leaflet
  • Celebrant: The Rev’d Canon Kate Merriman
  • Homilist: The Dean
  • Mass Setting: Mass – Stravinsky
  • Motet: Si Quis Diligit Me – Peebles & Heagy

1:30pm Mandarin Service 中文主日崇拜

  • Celebrant & Homilist: The Rev’d James Liu

4:30pm Choral Evensong

4:30pm Service Leaflet
  • Officiant & Homilist: The Rev’d Pearce J. Carefoote
  • Anthem: Vidimus Stellam – Siegfried

Readings for Sunday, January 26

Isaiah 9: 1-4
Psalm 27: 1, 5-13 (BAS)
1 Corinthians 1: 10-18
Matthew 4: 12-23

Past Homilies & Service Leaflets
Weekly Liturgical Calendar (January 26)
Connections Weekly Notices (Week of January 26)


General Worship Information

All are welcome to attend liturgical services at the Cathedral and to participate in the many other opportunities St. James provides for people to explore the significance of the Christian gospel for their lives.

Licensed Professional Nursery Care is available from 8:45am-12:45pm on Sunday mornings in the Library of the Cathedral Centre, except from July 1st through the Labour Day weekend, when it will be held in St. George’s Chapel.

Church School for children ages 6-12 are offered Sunday mornings from September to June during the 11:00am service. Visitors and newcomers are welcome. For more information, please contact the office.

Daily Services


7:30am – Said Eucharist

8:30 am – Morning Prayer

12:30pm – Said Eucharist

5:15pm – Evening Prayer


12:30pm – Said Eucharist

Public Health and the Common Cup

Risk of transmission: Heightened awareness of the public health implications of communicable disease has raised concerns about hand hygiene, using the common cup, and the liturgical practice of exchanging the Peace. Fear of communicable diseases is an aspect of our human nature. By addressing our fears, we can reduce levels of anxiety and make judgments as to how we wish to participate in our public worship. What is the risk of transmission of infection? It is important to recognize that there are general principles that govern the transmission of infection.

The chain of infection: For disease to spread there needs to be a route or chain which allows the pathogen to be transferred. The links in this chain are: an infectious agent, a source or reservoir of the agent, a means of exit, a method of transmission, a port of entry and, of course, a susceptible new host. An example would be: a person with a cold coughs into his hand and shakes the hand of another person who rubs her eye and then “catches” the same cold. Breaking the chain of infection reduces or eliminates the risk of transmission. An example would be: using anti-microbial hand sanitizer to effectively cleanse hands of pathogens before receiving the Bread and Wine.

Degree of exposure: Our defences against stray bacteria are immense and can only be overwhelmed by very large numbers of infectious agents. Each infective agent has its own virulence, and each individual has her/his own “host factors” which determine that person’s susceptibility to infection. The interaction of these two determines the risk of infection for the individual.

What is the risk? Risk is relative. Every day we engage in the risk-filled activities of daily living. We shake hands, attend theatres, walk in public places, and possibly share a cup or utensil. All of these interactions involve the risk of exposure to disease. However, in all of these ordinary acts, the risk of exposure sufficient to cause infection is minimal.

The common cup and act of intinction: Science confirms that sharing a common cup is a route for the transmission of pathogens. However, if precautions are adopted, risk can be reduced significantly. Intinction, long thought to be a practice that reduces the risk of contagion, may actually increase such risk. Hands (children’s and adults’) are at least as likely a source of contagion as lips (often more so). Dipping the Host into the Wine may contaminate the Wine with pathogens clinging to fingers, thus spreading contagion to others. Since April 2009 the diocese of Toronto has prohibited the use of intinction in public worship. Science and current infectious disease research teach us that, while there is risk of transmission of disease in sharing the common cup, such a risk is minimal and well within the norms of daily behaviors.

Receiving in one kind only: While Anglicans have asserted since the Reformation that receiving both Bread and Wine is normal practice within our Church, the doctrine of concomitance allows for receiving the Bread only. Therefore, those who are uncomfortable or anxious about receiving in both kinds (Bread and Wine) are encouraged to receive the bread only.

Sharing the Peace with a handshake: Shaking someone’s hand is one of the most common human behaviours we know. It symbolizes the act of welcome, it is a sign of friendship and it is a reflection of the bonds of a community. It can also be a means of passing on disease.

What can be done? Parishioners who have a cold, infection, or have compromised immune systems should receive Communion in the form of the Bread only. Refraining from hand shaking when you have a cold, flu or infection is a considerate gesture. Please respect those who may not wish to exchange the Peace by shaking hands. We encourage you to use a hand sanitizers before receiving Communion.

The cleaning and storage of purificators and chalices: The Diocese of Toronto has developed procedures for the cleaning of the chalice and purificators. It is important that these procedures are followed. Copies of these procedures are available through the Diocesan Centre.

It must be stressed that the present use of the common cup and the exchange of the Peace do not pose a significant health hazard. Common sense and basic hygiene are our best defence.

Resources used: SARS Working Group of the Diocese of Toronto, The Anglican Church Women of Canada, The World Council of Churches.

For more information, contact the clergy or the parish nurse through the Cathedral office.

Faith Milestones


Those who wish to make a commitment to Jesus Christ and become a member of his Body, the Church, are baptized with water in the name of the Holy Trinity after receiving instruction appropriate to their age and circumstances. In the case of infants and young children, it is the parents and godparents or sponsors who will receive such preparation.

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The Anglican Church of Canada welcomes all those who have been baptized with water in the name of the Holy Trinity in any Christian tradition to receive Holy Communion at the Eucharist. Baptism is not repeatable and no further initiation rite is required.

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is celebrated publicly at the Cathedral several times during the year.

To make further inquiries about Holy Baptism at St. James Cathedral, contact the office.

A baptism registration form is available in PDF here.


The Church encourages baptized people who find themselves at a significant turning point in their spiritual journey to solemnly renew their baptismal vows and receive the strengthening gifts of the Holy Spirit through the laying-on-of-hands by the Bishop.

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This sacramental rite is appropriate for

those baptized at a young age who are now ready to make a personal and mature commitment to Christ and his Church;

those who come to the Anglican Church from another Christian tradition;

or those who are returning to active church life after a significant absence.

Depending on a person’s circumstances the rite is variously known as Confirmation, Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows, or Reception into the Anglican Communion.

To make further inquiries about Confirmation at St. James Cathedral, contact the office.


Weddings are celebrated in the Cathedral for members of the Cathedral community and  members of other Anglican parishes who have been referred to us by their parish priest.

To make further inquiries about weddings at St. James Cathedral, couples are invited to contact the office BY EMAIL.
(We regret that we cannot respond to enquiries from wedding planners).


When we are baptized or renew our baptismal promises we promise to “persevere in resisting evil and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord.”

All of us fall short and are called to a life of self-examination and repentance. At most liturgical services in the Anglican tradition there is a general acknowledgment of this and an opportunity to seek and receive God’s forgiveness. But sometimes that is not enough. Those who are troubled by their sins are invited to seek and receive God’s forgiveness and the counsel of a priest in The Reconciliation of a Penitent, commonly called Confession. For those unfamiliar with this pastoral practice, it is recommended that instruction be given by a cleric before the confession is made. The rite is available at fixed times in Holy Week and at other times during the year by appointment with the clergy.

Anointing of the Sick

Anointing and the Laying on of Hands for Healing is offered most Sundays at the 11:00am Service and on the last Sunday of the month at the 9:00am.



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