(2) Antique 19th Century 1891 Wood Bible Book Racks St. Pauls Church Woodbury CT

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Seller: massachusettsantiques (2,601) 100%, Location: Northfield, Massachusetts, Ships to: US, Item: 254373094044 A fascinating piece of Woodbury, CT history in the form of two antique 19th century wooden book racks built in 1891 for the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodbury, CT. These two historic book racks were affixed to the back of each bench and would hold Bibles. The Bible can be held closed or display open with these short depth racks. An amazing piece of history and removed from the church in 1961 when it was renovated. These beautiful shelves are entirely made of wood and early nails and boasts their original dark wood stain! The curves and detail around the brackets are impressive. Affixed with tape in each shelf is a c1960s typed note that reads Book Rack From St. Paul’s Church Woodbury Built In 1891. Both in Excellent condition with only gentle wear and scuffing. No breaks, cracks or missing pieces. Fully functional and ready to use. Four holes in each allow for the racks to be affixed to the back of a bench or wall. Each shelf measures 35 1/2” wide by 7” tall ( bracket length) and 2” deep. St. Paul’s Church Woodbury, CT The history of St. Paul’s Church is unique to any other Episcopal church in all of America, for it is known as “The Birthplace of the Episcopacy in America.” It was here in Woodbury, at Glebe House in 1783, that Samuel Seabury was elected the first Bishop of Connecticut and of the American Protestant Episcopal Church. This fascinating story has ever since given Woodbury a singular place in Episcopal Church history. The Episcopal Church arrived in Woodbury in 1740, but its significance was truly established in 1771, upon the arrival of the church’s first resident rector, John Rutgers Marshall, a most propitious choice considering the extreme difficulties of those troubled pre-American Revolution times. All of the Episcopal Church’s New England clergy were considered Tories and treated as such, with John Marshall even suffering physical abuse and house arrest. Despite all this, Marshall trod a truly patriotic path. With the conclusion of the War for Independence, Marshall turned his enormous spiritual and intellectual energies to the growth of St. Paul’s Church and especially the American Episcopacy. Most notably, he addressed the need for an American Bishop, without whom neither confirmation nor ordination could be had in this land. John Marshall’s natural gift of leadership became a force in this matter. At Marshall’s invitation, ten Episcopal clergymen convened in secret on March 25, 1783, at Glebe House in Woodbury (Marshall’s home). There they elected the Rev. Samuel Seabury as the first Bishop of Connecticut and of the American Episcopal Church. It is this “Convention of the Immortal Ten” which established the basic organization of the Protestant Episcopal Church in America, the certainty of Apostolic Succession and, thanks to Bishop Seabury’s influence, the organization of the House of Bishops. Two months later, Seabury sailed for England to be consecrated. However, as a now-loyal American, he could not take the prerequisite oath of allegiance to King George, making consecration by the Archbishop of Canterbury impossible. Since the Scottish bishops carried on independently of Canterbury, Seabury accepted their invitation for consecration at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Aberdeen, seat of the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney. Over a year later, on November 14, 1784, Samuel Seabury was at last consecrated as Bishop of Connecticut and the American Episcopal Church. Thus are Woodbury, St. Paul’s and Glebe House to the National Episcopal Church what Philadelphia and Independence Hall are to the Nation. By the early 1780’s, secular and religious peace had come to America, and John Marshall’s little Episcopal congregation felt ready to construct its own church building, having always held its services in other church’s meeting houses. Begun April 1, 1785, the building was fully constructed and enclosed by June 1, 1786, but funds were exhausted. Therefore, in August, 1786, Glebe House was sold, and the proceeds of that sale were used to finish the interior of the church. In November, 1787, the first service was held in St. Paul’s Church. In 1784 the Woodbury Town Authority gave permission to the “Episcopal Society of Woodbury” to build a church aside the “Burying Ground.” The main portion of the church as it is today held its first service in November, 1787. But it was 1822 before the building was fully complete and consecrated. In 1961, a new parish house was attached to the church. The land under the parish house had belonged to the Town of Woodbury, which sold the property to the church in 1959 for $1.00. Because of Samuel Seabury, there has been a consistent 230+ year history of exchange visits between the Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney in Scotland and Woodbury. The Rev. Earl Estabrook, rector of St. Paul's from 1961 to 1976 and president of the Seabury Society for many years, reinvigorated St. Paul's ties to the Cathedral of Aberdeen and the importance of that history by visiting Scotland extensively during his tenure with us. He established a very close relationship with the Rt. Rev. Frederick Darwent, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney. As a result of this involvement, Rev. Estabrook was appointed Canon of the Cathedral of Aberdeen from 1971 to 1978, and Honorary Canon from his retirement until his death in 1990.There were several wonderful exchanges when Bishop Darwent and his wife came to Woodbury for extended visits. From this also grew a close relationship with the Rev. Gerald Stranrear-Mull, then vicar of two sister-churches in the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney, St. Mary-on-the-Rock in Ellon, and St. James the Less in Cruden Bay. Over the past 20 years there have been numerous pulpit exchange and parishioner exchange visits between St. Paul's and St. Mary's and St. James. Please enjoy the photos for further item details and if you have any questions feel free to ask. This item ships to the continental USA only due to size. Fast payment ensures prompt shipping. Thank you and be sure to view our other listings! Condition: Please see photos and description for complete details, thanks!, Region of Origin: America, Style: Traditional, Depth: 2, Maker: Unknown, Sub-Style: American, Material: Wood, Width: 35.5, Original/Reproduction: Original, Color: Dark Wood Tone, Height: 7

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