Anglican churches are among the most picturesque and varied examples of Canadian architecture. Each one is a unique and cherished emblem of its parish and a beckoning sanctuary for the world-weary—whether it’s a 19th-century wooden chapel in a field or a glass-and-concrete urban temple.
Sacred buildings inspire the faithful and reflect their theologies. And just as the ancient seasons of the liturgical calendar enrich the secular year, so do the striking images of the Canadian Church Calendar. They are a compelling visual thread that connects Anglicans worshipping in diverse milieus across the land.
Now available, the 2014 edition features 12 beautiful four-season photographs in locales from the far north to the west and east coasts, the prairies and central Canada. Scripture, notes on liturgical cycles and colours, and significant dates in the life of the church are also included.
First published in 1906 by the Missionary Society for the Church of England in the Dominion of Canada, in 1964 the calendar was taken over by the Canadian Churchman, predecessor of the Anglican Journal, which today benefits from revenues generated by the calendar.
“People submit so many stunning and evocative photographs of their parish churches that it’s almost impossible for us to narrow them down to 12,” says Saskia Rowley, the Journal’s art director. “I only wish there were more months in the year!”
To order, contact Augsburg Fortress/Anglican Book Centre by calling 1-800-265-6397, or visiting its website.
And if your church’s image didn’t make it into the 2014 edition, don’t worry: there’s a whole new calendar year just around the corner! Submit your high-resolution photographs of Anglican (and United) churches—and even resident church cats—by March 31, 2014, for the 2015 edition.
We pay $250 for each church photo selected to illustrate a calendar month and $125 for each cat photo used as an inset. Photos of churches must be horizontal exterior shots submitted in JPEG format with a resolution of at least 3,600 pixels, 300 dpi, and dimensions of 8.5 x 11 inches. They must show plenty of nature, but no cars, telephone poles or wires, and include a description of the church and its geographical location. Cat submissions must identify both the church and the feline. Send photos to [email protected] by March 31, 2014.