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Friday, October 21, 2005

Christ Church Dedicated its Columbarium in 1943 As Part of Its Centennial Celebration

During 1943, Christ Church in Pelham Manor (today's Parish of Christ the Redeemer) celebrated its Centennial. The Rev. Robert Bolton and members of his family laid the cornerstone of the beautiful little church on the Friday after Easter, April 28, 1843. In a report by the Right Reverend Treadwell Onderdonk, D. D. to the 1843 Diocesan Convention, Rev. Onderdonk stated:

"On the Friday after Easter, April 28, 1843, laid on the Rev. Robert Bolton's estate, the cornerstone of Christ Church at Pelham -- an edifice which he formed of pious design of erecting for the benefit of the above mentioned spiritually destitute neighborhood, and the first building devoted to religious worship ever commenced in the Town of Pelham."

Christ Church began its year-long Centennial celebration on May 2, 1943 with dedication of a War Shrine and a Columbarium. That day, among many other events, the Right Reverend William Thomas Manning, D. D., the Bishop of New York, as well as the church clergy, choir and acolytes, led the entire congregation in procession to the Garden of Resurrection. There the Bishop consecrated the Altar and Columbarium and blessed the Garden, a gift of Hildegarde Whittaker Gause in memory of Mary Sargent Gause and Rowland Southworth Hubbell.

To learn more about that day and its events, see Christ Church Centennial Begins With Dedication of War Shrine And Columbarium In Dignified Ceremony, The Pelham Sun, Vol. 33, No. 5, May 7, 1943, p. 7, col. 1; Christ Church Celebrates Its 100th Birthday, The Pelham Sun, Vol. 33, No. 4, Apr. 29, 1943, p. 1, col. 4.

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