Canada Day 1 July 1867

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In 1864, in response to growing sentiment, representatives of Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island met in Charlottetown (PEI) to negotiate a federation of their provinces. On 1 July 1867 the British Parliament formally approved the agreement, and this day is observed as the National Day of Canada. Although the day is primarily a secular holiday, many churches hold services with appropriate prayers, such as the collect below (Anglican Church of Canada, Alternative Services Book).


Almighty God, whose wisdom and whose love are over all, accept the prayers we offer for our nation. Give integrity to its citizens and wisdom to those in authority, that harmony and justice may be secured in obedience to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.