Anglican Church is located in the center
of downtown Toronto, at the corner of
King Street and Church Street. The local
neighbourhood has seen better days, and
looks like something out of a comic book.
Everywhere there are small areas where
the homeless literally set up camp, and
surrounding the church are pawnshops and
creepy old stores containing all sorts
of mischievous things. The church itself
stands out like a sore Gothic Style thumb,
a highly adored edifice in the middle
of urine stained brickwork.
St. James Cathedral is, according to their
website, “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.” This is true in many ways
because it is one of the few places that
Toronto’s homeless population can
find a little respite. Architecturally
stunning, the cathedral has a beautiful
bell tower that is known for its distinctive
early Sunday sound, quite able to wake
a sleepy Yuppie though soundproof windows.