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Saturday, November 14, 2015
For All the Saints: Samuel Seabury
In the Anglican and Episcopal traditions, Samuel Seabury is honored today, the day of his birth in 1729. (He died in 1796). He was the first American Episcopal bishop, the second Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, USA, and the first Bishop of Connecticut. He attended Yale College and is honored at my alma mater, Yale Divinity School, with a wing on the campus' north side. He was a noted Loyalist during the Revolution, and was imprisoned for a short time at the war's beginning, but he was loyal to the new nation afterward. He helped develop the Anglican liturgy for the North American church.
In the Orthodox church, today also commemorates the Apostle Philip, Jesus' follower who figures in John 1, as well as other passages.
Seabury Wing at YDS is on the left by the leafless tree.