O Canada

This Canada Day, I took some time to reflect and remember that what makes Canada so great is its Christian Heritage.

Yes, you’ve heard it right!

From Canada’s formation, name and national anthem, faith in Jesus Christ and God, has been the thread that knits it together and the anchor that holds it together.

Canada’s National Anthem

  • Originally written for the 1880 ceremony of Saint Jean-Baptiste Day by poet and judge Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier
    • If you’re not sure who Saint Jean Baptiste was, he was the cousin of Jesus and the one who ‘baptised’ Jesus into his ministry, as written in the gospels of Luke 1, Matthew 3, Mark 1, John 1
  • Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier grew up in a Christian home and his mother had wanted him to become a priest
  • Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier held beliefs in papal authority, and was a Conservative who ran in several federal elections, but was never elected
  • Robert Stanley Weir translated Routhier’s poem into an English version which was used as a de facto anthem since 1939 – read the full version of Weirs version of Canada’s National Anthem here
  • Canada’s anthem was revised a couple of times and in 1980 received royal assent (approval from the Queen) to become the official anthem on Dominion Day – July 1 of the same year
  • Dominion Day? What’s that? It’s a good segue into our next section…

Canada’s Official Name

  • What we call Canada Day was originally called Dominion Day stemming from Canada’s official name
  • The official name of Canada is The Dominion of Canada which came about during the formation of Canada when Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia came together in 1867.
  • Sir. Leonard Tilley of New Brunswick was inspired by Psalm 72:8 when he suggested the term, Dominion of Canada, in 1864 during early confederation discussions
  • Psalm 72:8 reads – “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.”
    • Although David wrote this about his natural son, it’s commonly stated by Theologians that David also wrote prophetically about Jesus – so the “He shall have dominion” also speaks to God’s divine plan as Father and his Son Jesus who would rule and reign on the earth as written in Revelation 20 and 21
  • The word Dominion is written in our Constitution and is part of our heritage.

Our Constitution and Chart of Rights and Freedoms

Unfortunately, the original intent and beliefs of our founding fathers have been watered down through more powers given to the courts rather than the conscience of the Constitution. Even still, at the chagrin of Trudeau, the faith and foundation of Canada was written into the Charter as a preamble that reads:

  • Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law

Today when you hear or sing Canada’s National anthem remember to ‘stand on guard’ for the faith that makes/made Canada a great nation. As the scripture says in Ephesians 6.

Ephesians 6:13-16

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Happy Canada Day!

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