Bp. Lerow and Fr. Poff at St. Thomas of Canterbury, March 2020
St. Thomas of Canterbury is a church in the southern region of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic States (DMAS), of the Anglican Catholic Church, members incorporate in the mystical body of Christ. The ACC honors the holy traditions of the one Catholic and Apostolic Church, as received from the early Church Councils, and outlined on the ACC's beliefs page.
St. Thomas of Canterbury, Roanoke, has a rich history in the Roanoke Valley. Along with others of the Faith, we like to support groups
who help anyone in need of food, shelter, and emergency services such as
Feeding Southwest Virginia,
the Rescue Mission of Roanoke, and
as well as groups with traditional Christian values, such as
The Blue Ridge Women's Center. And we provide
a place for our local neighborhood watch group, the Airlee Court
Neighborhood Watch, to meet and host events, as well.
Of course our primary mission is to reverently worship the One Holy God Triune, in communion with those of the Apostolic Faith of
Jesus Christ ☧ Our Lord.
That worship entails:
"Verily, verily, I say
unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you." –St. John 6:53 (KJV)
Below is what you would see shortly into a typical St. Thomas' service: the Gospel reading before the Mass proper.
And under that picture is the Symbolum Nicaenum (Nicene Creed), read at every Mass.
I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God; Begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; By whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man: And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried: And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father: And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the Prophets: And I believe one Catholic and Apostolic Church: I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins: And I look for the Resurrection of the dead: And the Life of the world to come. ✠ Amen.