Little Church Around the Corner


Little Church Around the Corner

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caption = Church of the Transfiguration
location= 1 E. 29th St., New York, New York
lat_degrees = 40
lat_minutes = 44
lat_seconds = 43.55
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 73
long_minutes = 59
long_seconds = 14.26
long_direction = W
locmapin = New York
area =
built =1849
architect= Frederick C. Withers
architecture= Gothic Revival
added = June 04, 1973
governing_body = Private
refnum=73001216cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2007-01-23|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]

The Church of the Transfiguration, more often known as The Little Church Around the Corner, was founded in 1848 by the Rev. Dr. George Hendric Houghton in New York City. The first services were held in a home at 48 East 29th street and in 1849 the new church was built and consecrated.

Urban oasis

Located at 1 East 29th Street,in the Murray Hill District, the church is set back from the street behind a garden creating a facsimile of the English countryside in midtown Manhattan and has long been an oasis for New Yorkers of all faiths who relax in the garden, pray in the chapel or enjoy free weekday concerts in the main church. It has also been known as the "wedding church" because of the popularity of the church for weddings.

The “Little Church Around the Corner,” was founded in 1848 “to embrace all races and classes.” Designed in the early English Neo-Gothic style and with its quaint English Garden retains a picturesque quality of a true English parish church, despite being in sight of the Empire State Building. The church also features numerous and eclectically designed side chapels and a 14th century stained glass window.

Early years

Transfiguration has been a leader of the Anglo-Catholic movement within the Episcopal Church from its founding. While this movement often is associated with elaborate worship, it also has stressed service to the poor and oppressed from its earliest days. Dr. Houghton built a congregation that cut across class and racial ines, sponsored bread lines to feed the hungry, worked vigorously for the abolition of slavery and harbored runaway slaves. In 1863, during the Civil War Draft Riots Houghton gave sanctuary to Negroes who were under attack. The rioters blamed slaves and freedmen for the war and the draft.

Ties to the theater

Actors were among the social outcasts whom Dr. Houghton befriended. In 1870 the rector of a nearby church refused to conduct funeral services for an actor named George Holland (the father of Joseph and Edmund Milton Holland {1}), but suggested that a "little church around the corner" probably would do "that sort of thing." Joseph Jefferson, a fellow actor who was trying to arrange Holland's burial, exclaimed "God bless the little church around the corner!" and the church began a long standing association with the theater.

P.G. Wodehouse, when living in Greenwich Village as a young writer of novels and lyrics for musicals, married his wife Ethel at the Little Church in September 1914. Subsequently Wodehouse would set most of his fictionalised weddings at the church; and the hit musical "Sally" he wrote with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton ended with the company singing, in tribute to the Bohemian congregation: "Oh dear little Church 'Round the Corner / Where so many lives have begun / Where folks without money / see nothing that's funny / In two living cheaper than one".

Actor Sam Waterson of "Law & Order" fame was married here (for a second time). In 1923 the [http://www.actorsguild.org/ Episcopal Actors' Guild] held its first meeting at Transfiguration. Such theatrical greats as Basil Rathbone, Tallulah Bankhead, Peggy Wood, Joan Fontaine, Rex Harrison and Charlton Heston have served as officers or council members of the guild.

National Historic Notability

In 1973, The Little Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its position as a shrine of the American church and theater.

Recent history

The parish is currently under the rectorate of the Rt. Rev. Andrew St. John, formerly assistant bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. St. John was named vicar on March 1, 2005 and called as rector on May 13, 2007.

This is also the church where Sex and The City's Samantha met "Friar Fuck".

Music program

The church has long been associated with a program of fine music. The Anglican tradition of a men and boys choir has been maintained with special music for concerts and summer services provided by a choir of mixed voices. In 1988 the Arnold Schwartz Memorial organ, a new tracker pipe organ was built and installed at the church by C. B. Fisk, Inc.Sunday
* 8:00 am Morning Prayer
* 8:30 am Low Mass
* 11:00 am Solemn Mass (Followed by Coffee Hour)Monday - Friday
* 8:40 am Morning Prayer
* 12:10 pm Low Mass
* 5:10 pm Evening Prayer(The Monday and Wednesday Holy Eucharists include the Rite of Healing)

References

External links

* [http://www.littlechurch.org/ Official website of the Little Church Around the Corner]
* [http://sacredmusicamerica.com/harmony/lccsound.html The Anglican Musical Tradition - Church of the Transfiguration]
* [http://ship-of-fools.com/Mystery/2005/1161.html Ship of Fools - Mystery Worshipper]
* Find A Grave lists two famous persons in their [http://www.findagrave.com/php/famous.php?page=cem&FScemeteryid=1982947 Columbarium]

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