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The Cathedral Shield


The Cathedral Shield combines various emblems of the patron, Saint James. The ship recalls the boat in which he was fishing when called by Jesus, and also the ships in which pilgrims from Britain and all Western Christendom journeyed to his shrine at Compostela during the Middle Ages. The pilgrims carried staffs like the one shown, and on their return wore scallop shells as proof that they had fulfilled their vows. The sword commemorates Saint James' martyrdom (see Acts 12:1-2). The design can be found at several places in the Cathedral.

The Cathedral's Mission

The Cathedral is a symbol of God's presence and love in the city. It has a three-fold mission: to provide a spiritual sanctuary and a place of worship in the fullness of the liturgical tradition of the Anglican Church; to offer a welcoming hospitality to everyone, healing, hope, and opportunities to learn so that together we can build a community in a troubled world; and to provide, as the seat of the Diocesan Bishop, a focal point for his ministry in the life of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto.

A Very Brief History

1797 York Church established
1807 Wooden church built
1828 Church dedicated to St. James
1833 Stone church built
1839 St. James becomes a Cathedral
1849 Fire destroys the Cathedral

1865 Bells installed
1875 Spire completed

1910 Parish House opened
1997 Change-ringing bells installed
1997 Bicentenary celebrated


St. James Cathedral is both a parish church ministering to the historic St. Lawrence neighbourhood and a cathedral (the church where the bishop's chair or throne - the 'cathedra' - is located), making it the spiritual centre of the diocese and a focal point for the civic life of Toronto, one of Canada's most prominent cultural and financial centres.


Learn more about the 
The Dean & Rector
The Very Reverend Douglas A. Stoute,
Dean of Toronto,
Rector of St. James' Cathedral

Schedule of Services

  08:00am  Holy Eucharist
  09:00am  Sung Eucharist
  10:15am  Mattins
  11:00am  Choral Eucharist
  04:30pm  Choral Evensong

Monday – Friday

  07:30am Said Eucharist
  (Lady Chapel)
  08:30am Morning Prayer
   (Lady Chapel)
  12:30pm Said Eucharist
   (Lady Chapel)
  5:15pm Evening Prayer
  (Lady Chapel)

Saturdays & Civic Holidays
  12:30pm Said Eucharist
   (Lady Chapel)

The Cathedral is open daily from 7:30am - 5:30pm (except Saturdays, 9:00am - 5:00pm)

To arrange for baptisms, weddings and confession, please speak with one of the clergy.