Roots of community

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Roots of Community Come, O Faithful!‎ Orthodox Faith‎ Land and People Early Spiritual Needs First Liturgy First Churches Early Practices
Community Leaders Saint Tikhon Bishop Platon Archbishop Arseny Towns and Cities Holding Fast Depression Conclusion

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Our Orthodox Church came to Canada by God’s will and the cooperation of faithful people. They became founders of the Church in Canada, not even aware that they had such a calling, simply because they knew where Christ stood in their lives - first.

The beauty of the life of the Church unfolded in the quiet, seldom-seen lives of the people in the poplar forests, prairie soddies and humble urban rooming-houses of the earliest years. This life has continued to take root in new hearts and places until today. Truly “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein." (Psalm 23:1/24: 1).

We must never forget that we exist because God loves us and remembers us. In turn, let us remember our faithful ancestors, these God-loving founders. Let us pray that we may be found even half as faithful as they were in their day.

+ SERAPHIM
Bishop of Ottawa and Canada

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Roots of Community Come, O Faithful!‎ Orthodox Faith‎ Land and People Early Spiritual Needs First Liturgy First Churches Early Practices
Community Leaders Saint Tikhon Bishop Platon Archbishop Arseny Towns and Cities Holding Fast Depression Conclusion