Statement on the Anglican Joint Synods

Archbishop Shane B. Janzen and Bishop Craig Botterill of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, Traditional Anglican Communion, have issued the following statement on the recent Anglican Joint Synods held in Atlanta, Georgia–

October 6, 2017
Octave Day of St. Michael and All Angels

To the Clergy and Laity of the
Anglican Catholic Church of Canada
Traditional Anglican Communion

Beloved Brethren in Christ:

The Peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

Today, at the Anglican Joint Synods held in Atlanta, Georgia, an Intercommunion Agreement was signed between the Anglican Church in America (TAC), the Anglican Catholic Church (Original Province), the Anglican Province of America, and the Diocese of the Holy Cross.

This Intercommunion Agreement (communio in sacris) marks a milestone in the developing relationship of fellowship and cooperation among the Continuing Anglican Churches in the United States. The hard work and ongoing efforts of Bishop Brian Marsh, the Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church in America (our sister Church in the TAC), together with the other bishops, has brought about the healing of old divisions within the Continuing Anglican Churches in the United States, and the promotion of unity within Christ’s one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

Although the Intercommunion Agreement extends only to those four Continuing Anglican Churches in the United States, your Primate and Bishops will take this opportunity to promote further dialogue and initiatives which may result in intercommunion agreements with other member Churches of the Traditional Anglican Communion. Indeed, it is our hope and prayer that this initiative will lead to further ecumenical dialogue, cooperation and reconciliation between and among the Continuing Anglican Churches around the world, as well as here in Canada. We are stronger and more effective in our Christian witness if we stand together in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

For us here in Canada, I would hope that such dialogue would result in the reunion of our once single Continuing Anglican Church in Canada – the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada established in 1979 – which only divided in 2010 over the issue of the Ordinariate, something now over and done with, leaving no further reason or impediment to reunification.

Finally, our prayers and thanksgiving are offered for the patience, vision, and tireless efforts of the Bishops, Clergy and Laity of the four Continuing Churches in the United States who have brought to fruition this historic Intercommunion Agreement; in particular, Bishop Brian Marsh (APA/TAC), Archbishop Mark Haverland (ACC-OP), Bishop Walter Grundorf (APA), and Bishop Paul Hewitt (DHC). Let us then build on this Agreement that we may fulfill the prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ: “Father, I pray that they might be one, even as you and I are One, so that the world will believe that you sent Me.”

Yours faithfully in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Archbishop Shane B. Janzen, OSG, DD
Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion
Metropolitan, Anglican Catholic Church of Canada,
and Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of Canada West

Bishop Craig Botterill, QC, DD
Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of Canada East
and Provincial Chancellor
The Anglican Catholic Church of Canada

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Primate’s Easter Message 2017

Primate’s Easter Message 2017

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

He is Risen, indeed! Alleluia!

THE ancient Easter proclamation sounds out again throughout the Church: Christ is risen! Easter breaks forth with a joy unmatched, with new hope and new life — eternal life! We will see again those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, in a life that will know no end. Love has triumphed over hatred, truth over lies, life over death. Our Lenten fast is over, we have walked the way of Calvary and beheld the empty tomb. It is Eastertide once more!

The liturgy of Easter is rich in symbolism and Christian tradition. In the darkness of the empty tomb, in the darkness of a fallen world, in the darkness of the heart of man a Light shines forth — it is the Light of Christ. The hour of darkness is over; now is the hour of salvation.

In the Easter liturgies of the Church we hear anew the ancient prophecies of Holy Scripture and listen to the age-old Proclamation of Easter, revealing to us God’s plan of salvation — now made real for us in the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ. The Paschal Candle burns brightly again in our midst; and with a joy which fills our hearts and lifts our voices, we sing again the triumphant hymn: ‘Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!’

There is no Season greater than that of Easter in all the Christian year. Christmas heralded the Word made flesh, Epiphany the manifestation of God to the nations; Lent, the depth of God’s love for His people; and Easter, our salvation from sin and death in the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Each Easter, the peace and power of the Risen Christ is renewed in the life of every Christian. The Church is enlivened again, empowered with the Spirit of the Risen Lord. Before us lies the world in all its sin and misery, its false hopes and deluded joys. But as the Church Militant we advance upon this world with power and faith, proclaiming to every culture and people the message of salvation in Jesus Christ.

As the disciples of Jesus went forth into their world to speak of the Risen Christ, we too need to go out into our world, to our neighbours, our friends, family, co-workers, and witness to them our faith in Jesus; inviting them to know the love and joy which is ours as Christians and traditional Anglicans; inviting them to join us in the worship and praise of God this Eastertide.

Ours is an Easter Faith; we are an Easter people. During the fifty days of Easter let us celebrate the joyous fact of our redemption. Let us live as people charged with the spirit of the Risen Christ, eager to spread the good news of salvation. Let us share with all we meet the hope that is ours as Christians. It will be through our faithful witness to Christ crucified and risen that others will come to know Jesus and the transforming grace of His Cross and Resurrection.

May all our Churches, Dioceses, Parishes and Missions across the Traditional Anglican Communion be blessed this Easter Season with a faith renewed and an outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit. And may I extend to you all my blessing and prayers for a joyous Eastertide.

+Shane

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New Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion

The Most Reverend Shane Janzen was elected Primate of the world-wide Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) by its governing College of Bishops in Lincoln, England on Friday, October 14, and formally Installed as Primate at the Eucharist held Sunday morning at St. Katherine’s Cathedral Church in Lincoln.

The 57-year old Saanich, British Columbia resident is also Rector of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Evangelist (990 Falmouth Rd in Saanich) and Metropolitan of the Traditional Anglican Communion in Canada (The Anglican Catholic Church of Canada).

Archbishop Janzen, a resident of Saanich, is a former high school teacher, as well as a constitutional scholar and advisor, and has held senior positions within the British Columbia government.

The Traditional Anglican Communion is an international communion of Anglican churches independent from the Canterbury Communion with parishes in Africa, Australia, the Torres Strait, Canada, Central and South America, England, India, Ireland, Scotland, and the United States.

Begun in 1977 and formally established in 1990 in Victoria, British Columbia, the TAC is a Christ-centred, Biblically-faithful church rooted in the traditional Anglican expression of the Christian Faith and the historic Book of Common Prayer.

The Most Rev. Shane B. Janzen after being Installed as the new Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, October 16, 2016

The Most Rev. Shane B. Janzen

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Consecration of Metropolitan and Bishop Ordinary

On Saturday, March 9, 2013 in the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Evangelist, Victoria, B.C., the Very Reverend Shane B. Janzen, Dean and Provincial Commissary, was consecrated as a Bishop in the Church of God and enthroned and installed as the Metropolitan and Bishop Ordinary of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (Traditional Anglican Communion).  The Consecrators were Bishop Craig Botterill, Bishop George Langberg, and Bishop Stephen Strawn.  The Oath was adminstered to the Bishop-elect by the Honourable Mr. Justice Kenneth Affleck, Supreme Court of British Columbia.

We look forward to the guidance of our new shepherd and chief pastor, The Right Reverend Shane B. Janzen, D.D., Metropolitan and Bishop Ordinary of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada – Traditional Anglican Communion.

 


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