I was privileged to have the opportunity on Thanksgiving Sunday to photograph a special 300th Anniversary celebration in Annapolis Royal… 2010 marks the 300th anniversary of an enduring Anglican presence in Canada, and Annapolis Royal was the site where this Anglican ministry originated.
Entitled “Thanksgiving on the Anniversary of a Parish”, it was a well planned and orchestrated event, involving all the things one might expect of a major event in an Anglican Church. I sat in the balcony so I could photograph without disrupting the proceedings, then scooted ahead of the procession to Fort Anne, where they recognized the land on which early prayers would have been said 300 years ago.
At the conclusion of the service, the bishops were led in a small procession around the ramparts, with a view of the Annapolis Basin behind, creating a visual that allows one to imagine life here 3 centuries ago!
There’s nothing like a heritage church, its special celebration, and all the resulting pomp and circumstance, to get a Shutterbug excited. Add to that lots of clergy and bishops, cassocks billowing in the winds, and the stark contrast of a cold Annapolis Basin in the background… well, it was quite a day.
For a bit more on this event, from a different angle, visit A Happy Annapolitan.