St. Michael’s Tercentenary Press Info

ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH CELEBRATES ITS 300TH ANNIVERSARY

Historic Marblehead, Massachusetts Parish Launches A Year Of Special Events

St. Michael’s Church, Marblehead, Massachusetts, the oldest Episcopal Church in New England still conducting services in its original building, will celebrate its three hundredth anniversary throughout 2014.  Founded in 1714, the church has been a vital presence in the historic seaside town for three centuries.  During the anniversary year, Marblehead will host nationally recognized musicians; architectural, early American and ecclesiastical historians; and material culture specialists who will present a series of public lectures, concerts performed on the church’s C. B. Fisk opus 69 tracker organ, and participate in a June 7, 2014 scholarly symposium produced in cooperation with the Peabody Essex Museum.

A highlight of the tercentenary year will be the September 28, 2014 Anniversary Worship Service with participation by the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Richard J.C. Chartres, the 132nd Bishop of London.  The third ranking clergyman in the Anglican church after the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Chartres preached the sermon at the 2011 marriage of England’s Prince William and Catherine Middleton.  His predecessors oversaw St. Michael’s Church from its founding until the American Revolution making his presence at the Anniversary Worship Service an historical event of great significance.

To learn more about the history and historic interior of St. Michael’s Church go to http://www.stmichaels1714.org/about_history.htm

For further information, for a full list of tercentenary activities, to arrange interviews and for tours of St. Michael’s Church please contact Grace Friary Public Relations gracefriary@comcast.net  978-745-0184