Greetings from Titusville, Florida

Greetings from Titusville, Florida

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Our Past through Glass

Historic St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church has been serving this community since it's first service in May 1888.   At that time, it was bare bones.  There were no windows and no pews.   Tarpaulins covered the windows and at that first services when the "building was filled to overflowing" (Florida Star, June 7, 1888) and orange crates served as seats.   Over the next decade stained glass windows were installed and the church now has what is considered to be one of the finest collections of stained glass on the East Coast.   The windows tell not only the history of St. Gabriel's but also Titusville.   Names such as Titus, Hopkins, Parkinson, Pritchard and Burnham can be found in the memorials on them.   
 St Gabriel in memory of John Pritchard Capt James Pritchard's father
        On either side are in memory of Capt Pritchard's brother and son
                                 
In Memoriam
Henry T Titus
Founder of Titusville
Born Trenton NJ  Feb 13 1822
Died Aug 7 1881
                       
Mary Hopkins Titus' father

In Memory of
Mary Burnham
Born August 1st 1821
Died June 25th 1888
For 51 Year the wife of
Mills O Burnham
Lighthouse window is in Memory of Mills


2 comments:

  1. So beautiful! I remember doing the stations of the cross as a child growing up in St. Gabriel's and staring at the beautiful stained glass windows. Thank you for this write up and the pictures!

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    1. Thank you for sharing that lovely memory.
      Sometimes it is easy to get lost in those windows

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