Rise and shine! Easter Sunrise Service April 1 at Prince George’s Chapel

DAGSBORO – Members of the Friends of Prince George’s Chapel and most likely other community members will be early risers Easter Sunday morning for a tradition that dates back several decades.

This year’s Easter Sunrise Service at the historic chapel in Dagsboro is set for 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 1.

Accompanied by Gus Glaros, Laura Glaros sings a Christmas-time selection at the Olde Christmas Day celebration in January.

“The sun rises in the east and that big window faces the east, so when the sun comes up, it’s bright,” said local historian Sandie Gerken, a longtime Friends of Prince George’s Chapel member.

“That’s how we plan it,” said Dagsboro resident Crystal Hudson, Friends of Prince George’s Chapel vice president.

Open to the public, the program is a regular church service. There will be special music by Margaret McCabe and Bill Day and a special message from Barry Townsend.

The sunrise service typically lasts less than an hour.

“We don’t make it too long because of the benches, they are hard to sit on, and others will want to go to the normal services.” said Ms. Hudson.

For more information call Vickie at 258-5598 or Jo Ann at 858-2720,

The Easter Sunrise Service follows the Olde Christmas Day celebration, traditionally held in mid-January.

“They are the two programs that the Friends foster at the chapel,” said Ms. Gerken.

These two traditions began about 25 years ago with the formation of the Friends of Prince George’s Chapel organization.

Held one week later than originally planned thanks to Winter Storm Grayson, the Olde Christmas holiday tradition was rekindled Sunday, Jan. 14 at Prince George’s Chapel.

 

The chapel’s unique architecture features its barrel-vault ceiling of heart-pine planks. Attendees sit in the chapel’s rectangular, boxed pews.

 

The chapel is administered by the Friends of Prince George’s Chapel. The group is responsible for general maintenance and upkeep of the chapel through a sublease agreement with the town of Dagsboro.

The chapel property is owned by the state of Delaware, which leases it to the town of Dagsboro.

Now in Delaware, the chapel at one time was on land that was part of Maryland. There was a lengthy boundary dispute between the Penn and Calvert families.

Prince George’s Chapel began as an Anglican chapel-of-ease, serving the northern outlying area of Worcester Parish, Maryland. With reorganization of the Episcopal Church following the American Revolution, the chapel became an independent parish church in the diocese of Delaware.

The most prominent individual with ties to the congregation is Revolutionary War General John Dagsworthy, a large landowner of the area and an officer in King George’s War, the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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