Introductory Essay

Between 1939 and 1945, Canada was engaged in a total war. Across all sectors of society, people mobilized. Many men, and women too, enlisted to fight overseas. Those people unable to enlist fought…

Patriotic Service for Sunday Schools

This order of service from June 1919, honoured the soldiers and veterans that fought in the Great War. 

Hymns for the CEF

This prayer book issued by the Principal Chaplain’s Office in 1916, for soldiers of the CEF, featured the national anthem O’ Canada.

ODSH.pdf (18.91 MB)

"Facing the enemy"

This leaflet by the Christian Business Men's Association tells those serving in the Navy, the Army or the Air Force that although military service is an honorable undertaking, it should remain clear in their minds that "before exposing themselves to the danger of clashing arms or busting shells," they first "settle the momentous question of eternal destiny" by subduing themselves to Christian belief on God. 

On Active Service from St. Andrew's Church

St. Andrew's Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia prepared this prayer pamphlet in order to commemorate those members of the church who died on active service, or went missing in action. Inside the pamphlet, worshippers also found the names of all fellow church members still serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, or recently retired from service.

"Tonight is the Canada night"

The Canadian 1st Division had its baptism of fire at the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915, and its stout defense against the German gas attacks drew praise throughout the Allied world, including in a special memorial service in St Paul's Cathedral, with a sermon delivered by Arthur Winnington-Ingram, the Bishop of London.

Life for Ever.pdf (25.72 MB)

VE Day in Edmonton

The Alberta capital celebrated victory in the war against Nazi Germany with a public service of thanksgiving in May 1945.

D-Day ... ten years after

On the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, veterans in Gravenhurst, Ontario, organized a church service to mark the occasion.

Prayers for soldiers, sailors and airmen

Endorsed by the Archbishop of Quebec, this prayer book was published by the Knights of Columbus within a few months of the beginning of the Second World War.

Giving thanks for peace

Across the Allied world in May 1945, communities like Chesley, Ontario, gathered to give thanks for the defeat of Nazi Germany.

Rebuilding after the Halifax Explosion

The Grove Presbyterian Church and the Kaye Street Methodist Church were destroyed in the Halifax Explosion of December 1917; after the war, parishioners united to build one church to serve both congregations.

Common Sorrow.pdf (8.98 MB)