The Our Lady of Hope Ward (Toronto region) of the UK based Society of Mary is an Anglican devotional society dedicated to loving and honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary, spreading devotion to her in reparation for past neglect and in the cause of Christian unity, and whose members look to her as a model of purity in personal relationships and family life. The Society of Mary is the oldest Marian Society in the Anglican Communion and has roots going back to the 19th Century. The Society has been active in Toronto for many years and continues to hold regular meetings and events.
Members of the Society commit to a Rule of Life which includes a commitment to regularly saying special devotions like the Rosary and Angelus, praying for departed members of the Society, taking part in Masses on major Feasts of Our Lady, and doing other Christian work as skills and opportunity allow.
The Toronto ward of the SOM meets monthly, usually on Wednesday nights, to say the Rosary and for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. In May we sponsor and coordinate the May Festival which includes several masses – said or sung at various churches throughout the city – and educational events. In November we hold our annual requiem for departed members and in the summer we often have an Assumption Mass with picnic or BBQ.
Everyone is welcome to attend any of our events and those who wish to become members may apply to the Ward Superior.
In 2005, the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission published an ‘Agreed Statement’ called, Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ. This report attempts to define the differences and explore the similarities between the views of the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church on the Blessed Virgin Mary. The following link will take you directly to the report: http://www.anglicancommunion.org/ministry/ecumenical/dialogues/catholic/arcic/docs/pdf/mary_definitive_text.pdf
Members of the Our Lady of Hope Ward of the Society of Mary believe that devotion to Our Lady is an important and valuable part of Christian faith and practice, and are dedicated to increasing this devotion throughout the Anglican Church.