Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church started as an Orthodox Christian Mission in Kitchener-Waterloo in 2006. By the grace of God and with the help of our sister Orthodox Church St. Sophia, Divine Liturgy was served every other Saturday by Father Iskander Younes at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Waterloo until September 2009, when Fr. Christopher Rigden-Briscall was appointed as priest. Father Iskander is the Dean of the Toronto Deanery of the Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada and Upstate New York and the priest at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Toronto.
Christ the Saviour Antiochian Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada and Upstate New York of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The Antiochian Archdiocese of North America includes nine Dioceses with over 275 cathedrals, churches, and missions throughout the United States and Canada. The Diocese of Ottawa is led by His Grace Bishop Alexander and includes 18 churches and missions in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and New York.
The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America is an Archdiocese of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East. We trace our roots to first century Antioch, the city in which the disciples of Jesus Christ were first called Christians (see Acts 11:26).
The Church of Antioch was established by the Apostles Paul and Barnabas in 42 A.D., with St. Peter serving for the next eight years as its first prelate. The Church of Antioch is one of the five ancient Patriarchates of the Christian Church, along with Alexandria, Constantinople, Jerusalem, and Rome. We are in full communion with our brothers and sisters in the various other canonical Orthodox Christian jurisdictions, such as the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Orthodox Church in America.
The Orthodox Church (often called The Eastern Orthodox Church) is the earliest Christian Church, the Church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ and described in the pages of the New Testament. Her history can be traced in unbroken continuity all the way back to Christ and His Twelve Apostles. For twenty centuries, she has continued in her undiminished and unaltered faith and practice. Today her apostolic doctrine, worship and structure remain intact. Read Discover Orthodox Christianity section on the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese webpage, and the Nicene Creed, to learn more about Orthodoxy.
The current Bishop/Patriarch of Antioch is His Beatitude John X. The Antiochian Archdiocese of North America is overseen by eight bishops, in addition to Metropolitan Joseph. Each of our bishops works in concert with our Metropolitan to guide and grow our parishes.
On July 18-19, 2015, St. George Cathedral in Worcester, MA welcomed His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. Together with His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, His Beatitude celebrated Divine Services at the Cathedral on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
Here are broadcasts of Vespers of July 18, and of Orthros of July 19, including the Homily of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch: www.antiochian.org/live-broadcast-july-2015.