Who We Are | Faith That Shaped A Nation – Canadian Bible Society

Who We Are | Faith That Shaped A Nation

Journey with us to the heart of our nation, the Parliament Buildings, where the values and Biblical convictions of our founders are etched in stone and stained glass. Exquisite carvings, ornamentation, and poignant Scriptural inscriptions from the Peace Tower all serve as testaments to this enduring legacy. The roots of those early declarations, inspired by faith, continue to nourish the very traits of our national character. They beckon us to embrace wisdom, ethics, and the very soul of Canada itself. Prepare to be inspired by the enduring influence of Scripture on Canada’s soul! 

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Embedded within the architecture of the Parliament Buildings, Scripture serves as a cornerstone of Canada’s values and heritage.

These sacred truths, intricately woven into the very fabric of our legislative halls, embody the principles that have guided our journey as a country. From the delicate tracery of stained-glass windows to the majestic grandeur of soaring spires, facets of our parliamentary architecture bear witness to the enduring influence of these timeless words, inspiring our collective identity.

Atop the Centre Block, a building symbolizing Canada worldwide, stands the Peace Tower. Here a portion of Psalm 72:1 is carved over its south window: “Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son.” It’s a proclamation that justice and fairness are not just ideas, they are the foundations of our lives today.

On the eastern face is the scripture, “He shall have dominion from sea to sea.” This scripture, a cornerstone of Canada’s history and identity, is reflected in our nation’s name, the Dominion of Canada, which has endured for nearly a century.

When approaching the tower from the western side, visitors encounter the classic scripture: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” This is a call to envision a future that is beneficial for all. It’s an understanding that our collective aspirations form the foundation of our nation’s strength.

Beneath the Peace Tower lies the Memorial Chamber, guarded by angels, bearing within its walls the weight of sacrifice. Here, the Book of Remembrance carries the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, a poignant symbol of their bravery and the cost of the freedoms we cherish today.

In one of the stained-glass windows overlooking the chamber, these passages are ornamented, conveying a hope for peace, an aspiration toward the end of conflict and the restoration of moral justice: “He maketh wars to cease” and “Judgment shall return unto righteousness.”

An excerpt of Psalm 139 provides comfort, an ode to the divine presence that watches over our nation through both our victories and challenges: “If I acsend up into heaven, Thou art there. If I lay down in hell, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall Thy hand lead me and Thy right hand shall hold me.”

These eternal truths are a living reminder of our founders’ vision, influenced by the Scriptures. A vision to build a nation based on justice, fairness and service to others. Not merely inscriptions, but timeless directives echoing through generations:

  • Fear God.
  • Honor the king.
  • Love justice.

Simple, yet profound standards that resonate with the essence of our nation. They beckon us to embrace wisdom, ethics and the very soul of Canada itself. They are not just words. They are who we are.