July 2017 - Toronto ON
I hadn't planned on visiting this church but was pleased to see the doors were open as I walked by. It is open Monday to Friday from noon to 3 PM.
There are three churches in this area.
St. Michael's Cathedral Catholic
Metropolitan United Church - outside
St. James Anglican Cathedral - I covered this church before but got some different photos this time.
St James' Anglican Cathedral is located at 65 Church Street (at King). There have been four Anglican churches on this site.
Church Street is named for this town's first church, at the corner of King since 1807: St James' (or, as some have it, St James's). This small temple of wood set in woods, oriented east-west and later painted blue, was Church of England but not state established. They paid good money for pews: one gent got his at auction for 35 pounds, his heirs holding it for two pounds rent per a year.
The first outside shot was taken last year as I entered by the side door this time.
The tower--the highest church tower in Canada and second highest in North America next to New York's St Patrick's--was not completed until 1875. This tower today holds a peal of 12 bells unique in all of North America.
Torontonians will recognize many of the family names listed below as streets around Toronto. Simcoe, Strachan, Jarvis to name a few.
In 1793, when Sir John Graves Simcoe established the Town of York, the first Anglican service was held here, attended by the Queen's Rangers stationed at Fort York. The first wooden church was built in 1807 with the help of the garrison. The church was used as a hospital during the War of 1812 and was damaged and robbed by American soldiers. In 1828, it was dedicated to St James the Apostle.
This is the permanent mounting of the fourteen (14) stations of the Cross. They were mounted at eye level so that that the viewer would have a closer connection with the expressions.
This window may be the work of Tiffany disciples Calvert & Kimberly of New York.
The accompanying plaque informs that the window is dedicated to the memory of William Jarvis, his grandson, William Dummer Powell Jarvis, and the latter’s widow, Diana.
The organ has 5000 pipes and includes the original gallery organ from 1853 over the main south entrance at the rear of the cathedral. Trumpet pipes have since been added to the gallery organ. The front chancel and aisle pipes were added in 1916.
Close-up view of the windows in the St. George’s Chapel, depicting King George V and Queen Mary.
This staircase leads to the bells in the tower.
The high altar, above which rises the Ascension of Christ. The window is the work of Franz Mayer of Munich, Inc., a popular provider of stained glass to this city during the Victorian fashion to replace plain cathedral glass with prophets and parables and evangelists. The Mayer company, family owned and founded in the mid-1800s, is still in business today. According to Shirley Ann Brown’s pamphlet The Windows of St. James, the ascension window was unveiled in 1885 in memory of rector Henry James Grasett and cost the congregation $2,780.