Thursday, December 19, 2013

It's final service at St. James in Aston

From Philadelphia-

Church has been perched atop one of Aston’s landmark green ridges, but it harbors more than 200 years of history. When the parish was established in 1807 in Philadelphia, its rector was William White, the first presiding Episcopalian bishop in the United States.

His chair and a baptismal font from the original church at 7th and Commerce streets, still stand in the red brick church off Concord Road near the intersection of Dutton’s Mill Road.

Parishioners will be able to view them one last time in that location today at 9:30 a.m. when the final service for St. James as an independent parish is celebrated by Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Bishop Provisional the Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel III. After a brief service, they will process in a motorcade 1.5 miles up the road for Mass at Calvary Episcopal Church in the Rockdale section of Aston, the parish with which they’re merging. The St. James congregation will begin services at the 177-year-old church on Mount Road starting 9 a.m. Dec. 22.

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