Saturday, September 14, 2013

inSPIREd Sunday

September 2013 - Manhattan New York
St. Paul's Chapel, is an Episcopal chapel located on Broadway, between Fulton and Vesey Streets, in Lower Manhattan. It is the oldest surviving church building in Manhattan.

The church escaped any damage in the Great New York City Fire of 1776 which destroyed nearly 500 buildings and houses and left thousands of New Yorkers homeless. 

Below the east window is the monument to Brigadier General Richard Montgomery, who died at the Battle of Quebec (1775) during the American Revolutionary War.

George Washington, along with members of the United States Congress, worshipped at St. Paul's Chapel on his Inauguration Day, on April 30, 1789. Washington also attended services at St. Paul's during the two years New York City was the country's capital. 

The rear of St. Paul's Chapel faces Church Street, opposite the east side of the World Trade Center site. After the attack on September 11, 2001, which led to the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, St. Paul's Chapel served as a place of rest and refuge for recovery workers at the WTC site.

For eight months, hundreds of volunteers worked 12 hour shifts around the clock, serving meals, making beds, counseling and praying with fire fighters, construction workers, police and others. Massage therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists and musicians also tended to their needs.

 The Chapel is now a popular tourist destination since it still keeps many of the memorial banners around the sanctuary and has an extensive audio video history of the event. There are a number of exhibits in the Chapel. The first one when entering is "Healing Hearts and Minds", which consists of a policeman's uniform covered with police and firefighter patches sent from all over the country, including IowaWest VirginiaCalifornia, etc. The most visible is the "Thread Project", which consists of several banners, each of a different color, and woven from different locations from around the globe, hung from the upper level over the pews.

London presented the bell to City of New York one year after 9/11. The Bell of Hope stands in the churchyard of St. Paul’s Chapel as an enduring memorial, rung on occasions when the parish pays tribute to victims of terrorism. Following the tradition of the FDNY’s salute to fallen comrades, the chapel’s clergy tolls the bell in four sets of five rings. The bell has been rung following the London, Madrid, and Mumbai bombings, and for the Virginia Tech shooting victims, and on 9/11 anniversaries. It recently tolled for the Colorado theater victims.

A footprint of the World Trade Center is underneath the bell.


  1. Terrific post, Jackie! St. Paul's is beautiful and the history of it including the 9/11 mementos impressive. Thanks for sharing it in InSPIREd Sunday.

  2. Loved this post and how beautiful a church it is and wonderful momentos.

  3. I enjoyed this post immensely. I'd heard of this church, but you really made it come to life with your photos and history. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  4. A beautiful building and a wonderful tribute to 9/11. Love this post a lot.

  5. What an impressive church with an impressive history and that it escaped the big fire amazing. The 9/11 mementos touching and impressive.

  6. beautiful photos of a spectacular church. inside and out


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