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Pastor’s Message


On behalf of our parishioners and friends, I welcome you to come and visit The Sign of the Theotokos — Montreal’s only Orthodox Christian church celebrating all services in English (and some French).

On July 1, 2000 we moved into our newly-purchased church at 750 St Joseph Boulevard East (corner of Resther), one block east of the Laurier Metro Station — use the St Joseph Exit.

Our parish is named and consecrated in honour of one of the major icons in most churches — “The Sign of the Theotokos” spoken of by the Prophet Isaiah (7:14) in the Old Covenant, and quoted by the Evangelist Matthew (1:23) in the New: “The Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which means, ‘God is with us’.” (“Theotokos” in Greek means “birthgiver of God”.)

our_ladyThis icon is usually over the altar-table in Orthodox temples and represents the Church as inviting all to Emmanuel. The Virgin stands for the creation and all humanity, with hands uplifted in prayer — drawing all to the one in her womb, Emmanuel. Stars are shown in her womb which is said to be “more spacious than the heavens”.

We encourage and invite everyone to come and worship with us at the liturgical services. According to our practice and discipline, only baptized and chrismated members of the Orthodox Church are allowed to receive the Holy Communion after the Lord’s Prayer at Liturgy; however, everyone is welcome to venerate the cross and receive a piece of bread (antidoron) at the end of the service.

If I can be of service to you, please leave a message at (514) 912-5926.

Any postal mail to the church should be addressed to The Sign of the Theotokos Orthodox Church, 4829 rue Resther, Montreal QC H2J 2V6 Canada.

With love in Christ Jesus,

Archpriest Paul Kara, Rector.