Feast of the Consecration of Samuel Seabury (November 14)   Leave a comment

Samuel Seabury

After the U.S. War for Independence the Anglican Church in the States needed episcopal leadership.  The Church of England would not consecrate anyone who refused to swear loyalty to the crown, so Scottish Episcopalian bishops, who had no such rule, consecrated Samuel Seabury as a bishop on November 14, 1784.

Seabury returned to the United States, became Bishop of Connecticut and a founder and early Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, whose first General Convention met in 1789.

Bishop Seabury died in 1796.

Scottish Episcopal ChurchThe Shield of the Scottish Episcopal Church

Part of the U.S. Book of Common Prayer comes from the Scottish Episcopalian Prayer Book.   Also, the St. Andrew’s Cross in the corner the top left-hand corner of the Episcopal shield is a reminder of the Scottish consecration.  The nine crosses that compose this St. Andrew’s cross stand for the original nine dioceses of The Episcopal Church.

Episcopal Church



We give you thanks, O Lord our God, for your goodness in bestowing upon this Church the gift of the episcopate, which we celebrate in this remembrance of the consecration of Samuel Seabury; and we pray that, joined together in unity with our bishops, and nourished by your holy Sacraments, we may proclaim the Gospel of redemption with apostolic zeal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Isaiah 63:7-9

Psalm 133

Acts 20:28-32

Matthew 9:35-38


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