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Toronto Blessing (Catch the Fire)
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The Toronto Blessing refers to a revival which took place at the Toronto Airport Vineyard (TAV) in the mid-1990s. John Arnott (1995), pastor of the revival, preferred to call it “The Father’s Blessing” because it came from the Father and was not confined to Toronto, Canada. The revival began on January 20, 1994 when approximately 120 people gathered at the TAV for a series of four scheduled meetings with American Vineyard Pastor Randy Clark. Days turned into weeks as the revival gathered momentum and news spread around the world.

The TAV hosted revival meetings six days per week, ta…

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Barkley, Stephen, “Toronto Blessing (Catch the Fire)”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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