We paid three visits to Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria. Once on 22 September and twice on Sunday 24 September (for morning Eucharist and Choral Evensong). As our accommodation was on Rockland Avenue, it was a simple case of heading downtown along Rockland Avenue to Christ Church Cathedral.
The Main Altar was used for the main service Sunday Eucharist, which was led by the Dean, Margaret Ansley Tucker.
The current building dates from 1929, however the east end is more recent dating from 1980 when the previous wooden east end wall. The original design for the east end was not followed, and the complex included a chapter house, sacristy, washrooms and other associated rooms. Above the chapter house is the Chapel of New Jerusalem with some magnificent modern stained glass windows at the East End. As you enter the building, these are one of the first thing you see, above and behind the Main Altar.
Walking into the nave and then looking above the west end door is the main organ and choir balcony, surmounted by the West End Rose Window.
The pulpit was carved from a single piece of oak imported from England. At 500 years old when felled, the wood was seasoned for 30 years before being carved. The three coats of arms on the panel are, from left, those of the Dioceses of Canterbury and British Columbia and those of the family who donated the pulpit. On the vertical panel supporting the canopy is the coat of arms of the Cathedral.
To the south of the Main Altar is the Chapel to St Christopher where Choral Evensong was sung. The east end of the chapel is an organ, although the Choral Evensong we attended was accompanied by a chamber organ and sung by the St Christopher Singers.
The west end of the church is on Quadra Street.
North of the cathedral across Rockland Avenue and also on Quadra Street is Pioneer Square, which is an old burying ground of Victoria. This was the main cemetery to Victoria from 1855 to 1873. The southwest corner feature Naval graves as ship’s crew felt their colleagues should be appropriately remembered.