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Tue, Apr 27th - 6:00PM

Prayer Book Cross

Prayer Book Cross, San FranciscoThe Prayer Book Cross was erected in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park in 1894 as a gift from the Church of England. Created by Ernest Coxhead, it stands on one of the higher points in Golden Gate Park. It is located between John F. Kennedy Drive and Park Presidio Drive, near Cross Over Drive. This 57 ft (17 m) sandstone cross commemorates the first use of the Book of Common Prayer in California by Sir Francis Drake's chaplain on June 24, 1579.

The Episcopal Church separated itself from the Church of England in 1789, having been established in the United States in 1607. Its prayer book, published in 1790, had as its sources, the 1662 English book and the 1764 Scottish Liturgy.

History of the Episcopal Church is a brief summary of events of the Episcopal Church from it becoming the official church of Virginia in 1607.

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Fri, Apr 23rd - 3:49AM

St. George's Day

Today is the feast day of Saint George. In 1222 the Council of Oxford ordered that the feast, on April 23, be celebrated as a national festival. St George was made the patron saint of England in the 14th century during the reign of Edward III and patron of the Order of the Garter, an order of knighthood founded by the same king. St George's banner, a red cross on a white background, was first used in England by Richard the Lion-Hearted and now forms part of the British flag.

Almost nothing is known of the real life of St George. He was born in Asia Minor in the 3rd century and martyred. It was more than 200 years later that the legend of his slaying a dragon became well-known and his name honoured. The legend may have been influenced by the Greek myth of Perseus and Andromeda.

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Tue, Apr 13th - 5:10PM

St Swithin's Shrine

St Swithin's Shrine Saint Swithin or Swithun (?-862) was the bishop of Winchester from 852 to 862 and patron saint of Winchester Cathedral from the 10th to the 16th century. Before that he had been the spiritual advisor of Egbert, King of Wessex, and teacher of his son Ethelwulf. When he died he left instructions that he was to be buried outside the church "under the feet of passers-by".

A hundred years later the bishop of the day instructed that St. Swithun's body should be move into an honoured place in the cathedral. On the day that the body was to be moved (July 15) it poured with rain and the coffin could not be moved. The rain continued for 40 days and people said that this was a sign of St. Swithin's annoyance at being moved from the humble resting place he had chosen himself. This legend may be the origin of the still-current belief that if rain falls on St Swithin's Day, July 15, it will continue for 40 days.

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Thu, Apr 1st - 10:28AM

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter Sunday, commemorates Christ's Last Supper with the Apostles.

The name Maundy is derived from mandatum (Latin, "commandment"), the first word of the statement by Jesus in the Gospel of John (13:34) by which Jesus explained to the Apostles the significance of his action of washing their feet.

In Roman Catholic and many Protestant churches, the Eucharist is celebrated in an evening liturgy that includes Holy Communion. During the Roman Catholic liturgy, the ceremony of the washing of the feet, or pedilavium, is performed: the celebrant washes the feet of 12 people to commemorate Christ's washing of his disciples' feet.

In England a custom survives of giving alms ("maundy pennies") to the poor; this recalls a medieval custom whereby the English royalty handed out alms to the poor before attending Mass on this day.

In most European countries, the day is known as Holy Thursday.

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