Diocese: Archdiocese of Canada
Deanery: British Columbia Deanery
5363 Pat Bay Highway
Victoria, British Columbia
c/o 1822 Gonzales Ave
Victoria, BC V8S 1T8
Victoria, BC V8Z 6T2
We are located at 5363 Patricia Bay Highway, across from Elk Lake, in the former Elk Lake Baptist Church, also known as “The Church by the Lake.” It is a white building just past the weigh scales on Pat Bay Highway. Look for our sign on the highway just before the turnoff (if you are traveling away from city center toward Sydney). Please call or visit our web site for more specific directions.
Schedule of Services
6:00 PM Great Vespers, followed by Bible Study (we are currently studying the Gospel of St John). On the FIRST SATURDAY of the month, Vigil is served. Confessions follow Vespers or Vigil by appointment.
9:45 AM Hours; 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy followed by pot-luck lunch and coffee.
6:30 PM Vesperal Liturgies.
Eves of Great Feasts
6:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
Wednesday Evenings in Great Lent
Originally established in 1983 by the V. Rev. Andrew Morbey, All Saints of Alaska Mission lay dormant until August 2002 when it was re-established, with the blessing of His Grace, Bishop SERAPHIM, Bishop of Ottawa and Canada, as an OCA English-language mission to Victoria and the surrounding region under the pastorship of Fr. John Hainsworth. Fr. John graduated from St. Vladimir’s Seminary in New York in May 2002.
The first service was a Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Dormition, August 15th, at St Barnabas Anglican church. The first vespers and Sunday liturgy were held at the Chapel of the Peace of God on August 17/18, where services were held until November 2003. The Chapel was offered for the Mission’s use by kind gesture of the Anglican (Episcopal) diocese of Vancouver Island.
The mission moved to its current location in November of 2003, and is expecting to remain there for some time. There is room to accommodate the growing membership, and we are putting down roots. Our iconostasis was raised before Nativity 2003, with the generous help of two sister parishes. Icons will be gracing the edifice in short order. We now offer a full range of services, for the entire liturgical year, and have several readers and servers to assist Father John. The choir is growing, and we have enough children to begin a church school, as soon as we find a teacher!
A weekly bulletin is published and distributed on Sundays and published also on our website. Parish Council minutes are posted on the bulletin board. A web page was established in 2002 to utilize this new mode of communication: http://www.allsaintsofalaska.ca
By the grace of God, the parish continues to grow in numbers, from a cross-section of social, economic and cultural backgrounds.
All Saints of Alaska parish strives to be faithful to the Holy Traditions of the Orthodox Church. The people have brought a multitude of talents which are being shared in the parish for the mutual upbuilding of all.