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Father Michael MitchellSunday, June 12th, 2005 at 3:00 pm - St. John’s Anglican Church in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia will reopen its doors to its parishioners for a Service of Rededication.

Congratulations to the parishioners of St. John’s Anglican Church, who on June 12th, 2005 will celebrate the rededication of a restored St. John’s. The service will be led by Bishop Fred Hiltz, former rector of St. John’s and Bishop of the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

On November 1, 2001 we all grieved over the fire of St. John’s. Our hearts ached as we watched the symbol of our spiritual lives be consumed by flames. For nearly two and a half centuries, St. John’s Church has stood proudly as a spiritual and architectural anchor in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. But, with the devastating fire a new chapter in St. John’s long history began.

The parishioners of St. John’s voted for Restoration accepting an obligation passed on to each generation by the people who built it. A building of great religious, cultural, historical and artistic value was to be restored.

The support of the restoration project is a testimonial to the power of faith. It has united the parish to its community, province, nation and the world. It has motivated, stimulated, inspired and touched many, many people. This restoration job has restored faith and as we prepare for our “homecoming” on June 12th we realize that we must preserve and protect St. John’s for the future. At this significant moment in our history, we look to our heritage for inspiration and witness, we affirm our faith and we celebrate and embrace our vision.

After the service St. John’s will be open until 9:00 pm. There will also be a Chime Concert by chime master and church warden, Peter Allen. We would like to invite all members of the community and the general public to celebrate our heritage, fortify our faith and realize our vision.

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