St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral commences bicentennial celebration

BUFFALO — St. Paul’s Cathedral unveiled a 200th celebratory logo at its annual meeting on Jan. 22 that will serve as its bicentennial commemorative symbol for the coming year. With this official kickoff, bicentennial programming will be released throughout 2017.

The first Bicentennial event is scheduled to coincide with the annual visitation of The Right. Reverend R. William Franklin, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, to the Cathedral on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. The Very Reverend W. (Will) H. Mebane, Jr. will assist Bishop Franklin in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at a nineteenth-century Communion Table, using the silver altar service given to the church in 1825 by the Episcopal Female Society of New York City. The Liturgy will be that of 1789 as found in the Book of Common Prayer. The Episcopal Church in America used this liturgy for 103 years before major revisions were made to the Prayer Book in 1892. Music by the choir and the hymns sung by the congregation will be of the period. A reception featuring nineteenth-century foods will take place in the parish hall following the service. All are welcomed to attend these events.

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