Remembering Stephen Reynolds

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, the Primate, remembers Stephen Reynolds who died Saturday.

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Reynolds, Professor of Theology at Trinity College, and Senior Associate Priest at the Church of the Redeemer in Toronto, died on March 12.

Many will remember Stephen as a priest having served a number of parishes in Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador and in Toronto. Many will remember him as teacher and mentor in academic research. For a number of years he served as editor of McCausland’s Order of Divine Service.

He is perhaps best known for his work in compiling “For All The Saints: Prayers and Readings for Saints Days,” first published in 1994.

In the introduction to that volume, Stephen wrote: “The habit of remembering ‘the friends of God’ has been one of the great delights of Christian people since the dawn of the Church….The Calendar of Saints is meant to jog our memories, to remind us that today or tomorrow is the heavenly birthday of someone whose faith, holy life and witness to Christ were so great in their own time that they continue to be a cause for celebration by us in our time.”

Treasured by clergy and laity alike, this volume can be found in cathedrals, parish churches and chapels all across this land. Stephen will long be remembered with enormous respect and gratitude for this incredible gift to our beloved Church, gracing its worship and witness in the world.

May Stephen, our dear friend in Christ, rest in peace and rise in glory. May Mary, his wife, and Hannah, their daughter, find hope and comfort in the promises of Christ and the ministrations of the Church at this time.

I ask you to join me in remembering Stephen in the Prayers of the People this Sunday.

A funeral liturgy and celebration of Stephen Reynolds’s life will be held on Friday, March 18, 1:00 PM at Church of the Redeemer. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service and a reception following the liturgy.

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