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Sunday, August 11
Eighth Sunday after Trinity 
8:30 a.m. | Holy Communion in the Chapel 
10:30 a.m. | Holy Communion
Followed by Lemonade on the Lawns 
O GOD, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth: We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
READINGS: Romans 8.12 and St. Matthew 7.15

Rector’s Message
A curious commemoration appears in our Prayer Book's calendar for August 15 called The Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary (see BCP p. xi)The origins of this strange sounding feast day are quite ancient, going back at least 1500 years. It was then known as the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was the belief that Mary, like Enoch (Genesis 5.24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2.11) in the Old Testament, and Jesus in the New Testament (Acts 1.9), was “assumed” up into heaven, both in body and soul. There is no mention of Mary’s assumption in the Bible whatsoever, but the idea does appear in some later Christian texts. Because of its lack of a scriptural basis, the Protestant Reformers largely abandoned this feast and the same was true of the compilers of the Book of Common Prayer. However, our 1962 Canadian edition reinstated the feast, but changed its name. As such, the belief about what happened to Mary (whether she simply died like an ordinary person or was assumed up into heaven) is arguably left open-ended.  

But of course Mary isn’t any ordinary person. She is the mother of our Lord. And as such, Mary has lent her very flesh to the Son of God. Her DNA was passed on to Jesus, and this same DNA was, in the Ascension of Jesus, assumed up into heaven. 

While this feast tends to get overlooked because it falls in the depths of the summer travel season, spare a thought and prayer for Mary next Thursday, August 15. She is what we might call the first Christian, and we each follow in her footsteps throughout this life and into the next.

And join us this Sunday, August 11, for Holy Communion at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. I will be celebrating and preaching and I look forward to reconnecting with you. 

Blessings to you and your family for the remainder of these summer weeks. 


Please note, Rev’d Rob is on August 15-21. During this week, Rev’d Alexandra is available for pastoral calls or emergencies. She can be reached at or at 416-769-5686 ext. 3. Rev’d Alexandra is on vacation August 8-14.

August 11
• 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. - Holy Communion with the Rev’d Rob Mitchell

August 18
• 8:30 a.m. - Holy Communion with the Rev’d Canon Ruth Smith

• 10:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer with the Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod

August 25
• 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. - Holy Communion with the Rev’d Rob Mitchell

The Youth Group continues its deep dive into the Marvel canon with The Incredible Hulk. All are welcome!
All Saints is based on the true story of an Episcopal priest who is assigned to a small church in rural Tennessee, with the sole job of selling and deconsecrating it. But when a local group of Burmese refugees (who happen to be Anglicans) join the church, the parish discovers what can happen why you truly love thy neighbour. Starring John Corbett (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). 
Read this week's announcements
This week’s services
Tuesday, August 13
8:30 Morning Prayer
4:30 Evening Prayer

Hippolytus, Doctor Bishop,
and Martyr

Wednesday, August 14
8:30 Morning Prayer

10 Bible Study cancelled this week
4:30 Evening Prayer
Jeremy Taylor, Bishop and Spiritual Teacher
Thursday, August 15
8:30 Morning Prayer
4:30 Evening Prayer
Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday, August 16
8:30 Morning Prayer
noon -  ORA - Prayers in the Chapel
4:30 Evening Prayer
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