News & Events

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

(Please note: the secretary of the archdiocese has been assured these grants apply in Canada as well.)

Friday, March 27, 2020 to Friday, April 3, 2020

Join us again on Friday 27 March and Friday 3 April as we pray together across the archdiocese during this difficult time of isolation for protection against the Covid-19 outbreak.

On Friday 27 March at 7pm Eastern (4pm Pacific), we will celebrate the Fourth Salutations to the Theotokos — Small Compline with the Canon to the Theotokos and fourth part of the Akathist Hymn.

A week later, on Friday 3 April at the same time, we will celebrate Mattins of the Fifth Saturday of Great Lent, including the entire Akathist Hymn.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Vladyka Irénée has blessed an all-Canada prayer service to be held online via the Zoom app this Friday at 7pm Eastern time. The Akathist and Small Compline will be served by Vladyka, Fr Geoffrey Ready, and a small choir. This is a much-needed opportunity for all of us in Canada to join together in prayer and ask the Mother of God for her protection during this very challenging time. Please invite your faithful to be a part of this beautiful service (we can accommodate up to 10,000 participants).

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

To all the Reverend Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of our Archdiocese of Canada My beloved Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

For days we have been monitoring this crisis. Last night the Holy Synod assembled in teleconference to hear the advice of medical and legal counsels.

This is by far the most difficult decision I will probably have to make in my life. Considering that this COVID-19 virus has now begun to transmit within the community, it is essential that we abide strictly with the guidelines of our Civil and Medical authorities.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Much has been written on how to behave with this pandemic of Coronavirus. Please follow the directives of the medical authorities .

May Our merciful Lord Jesus Christ keep us all safe, may this difficult period pass quickly through the intercession of His most blessed Mother, the Ever-Virgin Mary the Theotokos.

+Archbishop Irénée 

The following prayer to be read during Divine Liturgy after the litany for the catechumens:  

Sunday, March 8, 2020

His Eminence Archbishop Irénée visited St. Hilary of Poitiers Orthodox Community in Québec City on Sunday 8 March, where he presided over the Divine Liturgy for this first Sunday of the Great Lent. His Eminence took this opportunity to give the community an icon of the patron saint of the mission and to tonsure a reader.

The archbishop also visited Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Québec City.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Videos below of the visit of His Eminence Archbishop Irénée to Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Sobor in Vancouver on Sunday 23 February.

Following the Liturgy, the parish celebrated the 70th birthday of Arthur Kostiha. Arthur is the starosta of the parish for 16 years.


Divine Liturgy

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Photo and videos from the funeral of Bishop Varlaam (Novakshonoff) at All Saints of North America Monastery in Dewdney, BC, as clergy and faithful assemble to bid farewell to the beloved hierarch.




Funeral service at All Saints of North America Monastery in Dewdney

Burial in Orthodox cemetery in Vancouver

Monday, February 17, 2020 to Saturday, February 22, 2020

Monday, February 17 – Volunteers are needed for funeral preparations, such as cleaning the church inside and outside, which will start at 9 a.m. We want to make the monastery setting as nice as possible in preparation for the arrival of Vladika Varlaam on Friday.