February 22: George Washington’s Birthday Commemorative Services (1932)

For many years in the early 20th Century, a commemorative service honoring George Washington’s Birthday was held at Epiphany on the Sunday closest to February 22, the actual birth date. The sponsoring group was the Sons of the Revolution, a hereditary fraternal organization founded in 1876 to educate the public about the American Revolution. The order of service was prepared by Epiphany rector Randolph McKim, who was the chaplain of the DC Chapter. The service always included a reading of the exhortation from Washington’s Farewell Address. The 1932 service, held on Sunday, February 21, celebrated the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth.

In addition, there was a corporate communion service held at Epiphany on Monday, February 22 at 8am for men and boys from each parish and mission in the diocese. Bishop Freeman was the celebrant assisted by a number of the clergy of the diocese. The Parish Guide advertised the service like this, “It is earnestly hoped that every man and boy in Epiphany Church will avail himself of this wonderful privilege not only of commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington, but of entering into the spirit of the bicentennial celebration itself. We feel sure that if the Father of our Country were living, he himself would be present at a service of this kind, and surely the patriotic spirit of all of us should be sufficiently evident to inspire us to attend this unique and inspiring service.”

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