Welcome to the Annunciation Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa. This community is the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Canada of the Orthodox Church in America and is currently administered by His Grace Irénée, Archbishop of Ottawa.
Early in the morning on Tuesday, September 6th, a fire destroyed a house next to the Cathedral and our building sustained significant damage from smoke and water, as well as some fire damage to the roof of the residents’ section. The temple is untouched and we are allowed to serve our services, so long as people enter and exit through the Eccles street doors and understand that there is no access to the basement or any other part of the Cathedral premises. We are without electricity for the time being and have only portable toilets available outside.
We will be serving the services as per the calendar, although we will serve Great Vespers instead of Vigil until further notice.
Thank you to everyone for your prayers, concerns and offers of help. The love of the parish and community has meant a great deal to all those affected by Monday night’s fire. At this time we do not know exactly what costs will be incurred and what will be covered by insurance, but that we know that there will be financial need. We are accepting donations through the Go Fund Me page as well as directly in the usual ways (online through Charity Village, or the next time you are at church). Please mark your donation with ‘fire relief’ in order to direct it accordingly.
On the surface Orthodoxy can easily appear mysterious and Eastern but in fact, it is the universal Christian faith, which reached the North American continent in the 18th century. North America has saints of its own, and the icons of St. Herman of Alaska, St. Tikhon of Moscow, St. Innocent of Alaska, St. Raphael and St. Alexis Toth, can be found in the Cathedral.
Our services are mostly in English, but usually include some French, Slavonic, Greek, and/or Romanian.
We would be happy to have you join us!