Toronto Anglicans stand in solidarity for Daffodil Day

On Friday 25 August more than 80 people from the community gathered in the Parish of Toronto church hall to mark Daffodil Day.

Through the use of symbols people were invited to stand in solidarity with those who are grieving the loss of loved ones through cancer, pray for healing for those undergoing treatment, express their hope for continued breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer and express gratitude for family, friends, oncologists and other medical staff who offer support to those who are journeying with cancer.

People were greeted with the option of choosing ribbons appropriate to the cancer that had affected their lives and then ushered to their seats.

Tables holding the various symbols were in the centre of the gathering so that people could move easily to participate in the symbolic actions of dropping tears (glass beads) into a bowl of water, sharing an anointing for healing, lighting a candle for hope and naming the support people in their lives.

The U3A Choir presented some beautiful songs that brought comfort and peace into the setting and finally, after the singing of the Irish Blessing, each participant was presented with a little book of Reflections to keep or share.

Supper was served and there was a very spontaneous request that the Parish offer something similar in 2018.