Anglican Diocese of Toronto

April 11, 2006 08:00 ET

Easter Sunday Webcast A First in Canada

Easter Sunday service a click away Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ON--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2006) - St. James' Cathedral will become the first church in Canada to provide a live webcast of its Easter Sunday service on April 16th, starting at 10:45 a.m. EST.

The service will be shown on The webcast will also be available for viewing after the service.

"At a time when people are facing so many challenges, we want to open our doors to offer the hope and light of Jesus Christ," says Douglas Stoute, rector of St. James' Cathedral and Dean of Toronto. "We want to reach not just church-goers but also those who would not normally come to church but are seeking spiritual nourishment."

The service at St. James', which has been a place of worship in Toronto since 1797, will feature music by the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys under the direction of Michael Bloss. Colin Johnson, the Bishop of Toronto, will preside and Dean Stoute will preach the sermon.

The webcast will include a ringing of the Bells of Old York, the only full set of 12 change-ringing bells in North America, and pictures of the cathedral's daily life, including its outreach to the city's poor and marginalized.

Viewers of the webcast will be able to access prayers and readings, record comments in a visitor's book and even make online donations.

"We hope to reach Canadians around the world, including our armed forces in Afghanistan," says Stuart Mann, communications manager for the Diocese of Toronto. "This will be a message of hope to those who cannot be home during Easter."

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