Foundations of Faith: Historic Religious Buildings of by Violet M. Holroyd

By Violet M. Holroyd

The Ontario panorama is dotted with areas of worship, from the easy log cabin to lofty cathedrals. in the back of each one lie own tales of remarkable members and old occasions, all of that have contributed to shaping our lives.

The fanatics of Anne of eco-friendly Gables might be pleasantly shocked by way of Lucy Maud Montgomery's lengthy organization with the Leaksdale Manse simply north of Toronto. From the James Bay lowlands comes an strange instance of ingenuity concerning a ancient Moose manufacturing unit landmark, whereas the poignant love tale concerning Florence Nightingale and an area minister is depicted within the appealing stained glass window of a church in Elora. a more moderen web page of historical past is captured during the side-by-side courting of a synagogue and mosque. all through, Foundations of religion will pride the armchair vacationer and invite the cellular heritage buff to discover Ontario.

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The beaded black velvet hanging (reredos) behind the Altar depicting the Pine Tree of Peace was burned, the red and gold carpets and the Ten Commandments were destroyed. The carpets and the plaque have been replaced and the chapel restored. On October 1, 1984, The Queen and Prince Philip visited Brantford. On the banks of the Grand River, leaders of the Six Nations Reserve pledged their loyalty to the Crown as their forefathers had done two hundred years ago. "Our people sacrificed everything, including their land, for their faithful covenant with the British", Chief Wellington Staats, head of the Reserve of approximately ten thousand five hundred members, told the assembly of nearly six thousand.

St. Paul's, the first Anglican Protestant church in Ontario, was built in 1785 and is said to be the oldest surviving church of any denomination in Ontario. The late Rev. J. C. recorded much of the history of this church in his two publications "Chapel Notes" and "The Story of the Windows". The timbers were cut at Paris and floated down the Grand River. The lumber used for the original siding was sawn by hand and even the nails were hand made. The original floor remains to this day. The front entrance was facing the Grand River as that was the main traffic route of the era.

Gordon Slater, Dominion Carillioneur (Peace Tower, Ottawa) was recitalist. One of the modern touches added to the church are the doors opening into the main body of the church. They are plate glass with handles in the shape offish, a symbol of Christ in Christian art and literature. The manner in which St. Peter's church has been kept in a continual state of repair and renovation by dedicated congregations has made this beautiful church "A legacy to those who come from those who come no more". 46 ST.

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