Saint George Anitiochian Orthodox Church
Est. 1905 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
His Eminence Joseph - Metropolitan of New York and North America
His Grace Alexander - Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada and Upstate New York
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555-575 rue Jean-Talon est
Saturday 5:00 PM Vespers
(September - end of June)
Sunday 9:15 AM Orthos and Confession
Sunday 10:30 AM Divine Liturgy
When the original wave of Syro-Arab immigration began in Québec in the 1890s, the newcomers associated as one community. Like immigrants everywhere, their first order of business was to establish an organization that would maintain a sense of community and assist new immigrants in establishing themselves. To that end, a "Syrian Benevolent Society" was founded by Rt. Rev. Raphael Hawaweeny in 1896. One of the earliest priests to serve the Montréal community was the Rt. Rev. Ephraim Deebs (later Metropolitan of Akkar). From 1899 until the early 1900’s, the Orthodox community worshiped under the patronage of St Nicholas, as in New York City. As the population grew, differences led to the separation into two distinct parishes: "St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of Montréal" (incorporated in 1910 and later re-named St. George) and "St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of Canada" (which later became St. Nicholas).
Today, 300 million people throughout the world are Eastern Orthodox Christians. The 14 autocephalous Orthodox churches are independently administered and conduct services in dozens of native languages, yet, whether in Athens, Moscow, or Montreal, all Orthodox Christians share the same teachings, sacraments, and liturgies and honor the Patriarch of Constantinople as their spiritual guide.
The purpose of this page is to provide historical information about the Church, including the Orthodox Church general, the Patriarchate of Antioch, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, as well as our parish, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Montreal and its community. All pertinent resources are listed under 3 separate headings below. The listing will be an ongoing project that will grow over time. Some of the readings may be rather complex and technical in nature, others less so. As relevant materials become available, we will add them to the appropriate list. We hope you will find them educational, interesting, enlightening and enjoyable.
Our Church and Community History
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