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Welcome to Canadian Orthodox History Project

The Canadian Orthodox Church (the Archdiocese of Canada) is the legitimate descendant in Canada of the mission of the Russian Empire in North America. Even though the Mother Church granted the whole metropolitanate self-governing (autocephalous) status in 1970 with a new name, The Orthodox Church in America, it is that same Church which was established through the mission of Saint Herman and others, sent from Valaam Monastery to Alaska. The mission of all the Orthodox in Canada is the same as theirs was. We are called by God to take what we have inherited from Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Palestine, Syria and other Orthodox lands, and plant the Truth of Jesus Christ in accordance with the Orthodox way in Canada.

We are called to baptise Canada with the Orthodox Faith! (Matthew 28:19-20 ; Acts 1:8)

The great variety of our communities, parishes and monasteries, and the nature of their life, reveal the many ways in which we struggle to undertake this in faithful obedience to the Lord.


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