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Queen Anne Sunday

a celebration of the gift of communion silver

6/30/2019
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Farnham Church
231 N. Farnham Church Rd. 
Farnham, VA 22460
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“QUEEN ANNE SUNDAY” AT FARNHAM

A CELEBRATION OF THE GIFT OF COMMUNION SILVER

 SUNDAY June 30, 2019  Farnham & St. John’s Churches, Richmond County, Virginia

CELEBRATE THE 299 YEAR SURVIVAL OF THIS COMMUNION SILVER DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, RUIN, RELOCATION, CIVIL WAR & FIRE. Join with Farnham & St. John’s to celebrate this unique gift of living perpetuity in the Northern Neck. The two large flagons, chalice and paten are being displayed and used at 10:00 a.m. Holy Communion using the service from the1662 Book of Common Prayer. The silver was part of the gifts of a fund established by Queen Anne (reign 1702-1714) to help the new colonial-era churches. Following the Revolution many Anglican (Episcopal) churches were lost to the ravages of time, neglect and disdain since they were seen as remnants of the hated monarchy. This magnificent silver was sold at auction with all church property of Farnham Church, but it was bought by Colonel John Tayloe III (Mount Airy). To save it, in 1816 he presented it to St. John’s, Washington, D.C, (the “Church of the Presidents” near the White House). In 1876 it returned to the two Northern Neck Episcopal churches:  Farnham Church of North Farnham Parish, and St. John’s Church of Lunenburg Parish.