A historic church in Toronto burned to the ground over the weekend. 

St. Anne's Anglican Church, located in Toronto's Little Portugal area went up in flames shortly before 8 a.m. on Sunday. 

Father Don Beyers from St. Anne's Anglican Church let his congregation know about the fire via a Facebook post. 

"I’m deeply sorry to say that our church got on fire this morning," said Father Beyers. "I know this is devastating news for all of you."

He then invited congregants to join him for prayer and counselling at the nearby St. Mary Magdalene Church.

According to Toronto police, when they arrived at the church, the building was completely engulfed in flames. The historic building suffered significant damage and is believed to be a complete loss.

No one was in the building when the fire broke out and no one was injured. 

According to the church website, St. Anne's Anglican Church was built in 1907-1908 and was home to several collections of paintings by prominent Canadian artists, including three members of the Group of Seven. The art decorated the dome and the chancel, which were destroyed in the blaze. 

"Early this morning, as the sun began to rise, I heard the sound of birds outside. Although my heart was heavy, the birdsong instilled within me a sense of peace and assurance that life always emerges out of death," said Father Don. "Yesterday's fire was not the end of the story, but rather the beginning of a new chapter. We will rise from the ashes stronger and even more committed to our mission to be a church for all people."

While the church works to figure out what's next, a temporary meeting place will be set up at a cafe down the street. 

"While my heart is heavy, I have hope."

There is no word on the cause of the fire. Toronto police are investigating and asking anyone who may have photos or other evidence to submit them to an online portal.