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Wednesdays with the Saints Evening Prayer
July 18 @ 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Wednesdays with the Saints
Evening Prayer Service
Daily prayers are said on a regular schedule at Saint James. On Wednesday evenings, we invite you to explore and celebrate the inspiring lives of the saints at our Evening Prayer service.
This week we celebrate the life of William White, first Bishop of Pennsylvania and a key figure in the establishment of the Constitution of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA
He also played an important part in the history of Saint James!
After the American Revolution and peace was restored to the New World, there was much work to be done to re-establish routines for everyday living, work and worship. One of the first signs of restored order in Lancaster was the removal of the boards from the windows of Saint James and the appointment of the Rev. Joseph Hutchins to resume and renew parish life.
Meanwhile in Philadelphia, Rev. William White, Rector of Christ Church, called for a meeting to discuss how the American portion of the Church of England should now move forward. Saint James parishioners William Parr, Edward Hand, and George Ross, Jr. were selected to represent Lancaster in a gathering of Pennsylvania Anglicans. At that meeting on September 14, 1786, the Diocese of Pennsylvania was established, and the Rev. William White, D.D. was elected the first bishop of the Diocese. Five months later, he returned to England to be consecrated in Lambeth Chapel by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, assisted by the Bishop of Bath and Wells and the Bishop of Peterborough. This was the first consecration of a bishop in the Anglican Communion for work outside England without the requirement of political allegiance.
Bishop White Comes to Lancaster!
Bishop White played another important part in our history. On Sunday, October 15, 1820, seventy-six years after our founding, the Rt. Rev. William White consecrated the “new building.” “…I have consecrated and set apart for divine worship the rebuilt Church of St. James in the City of Lancaster, agreeably to the form of consecration of a church or chapel ordained and of one in the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America.”