History of Our Parish

A Brief History of The Church of the Holy Trinity: Pat Brownback has written a brief history of the Church (see below). We are incorporating this information into our Worship Booklets as well. 

January 5, 1885: The first service is held in Freed’s Hall, Main Street, Lansdale, conducted by a deacon from The Church of the Messiah, Gwynedd. 

1890: The present church building is erected at Fourth and Broad Streets, built by Philadelphia architect, Samuel Milligan, using plans adapted by Mr. Weems, an English architect from St. Giles, the parish of Stoke Poges. St. Giles was built in 1222 and is the final resting place of the Penn family, founders of Pennsylvania. St. Giles was made famous by Thomas Grey’'s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”

1903: The rectory is constructed. 

1930: The parish hall (St. Margaret’s Hall) is built. 

St. Margaret's Hall at Holy Trinity Lansdale

1946: Holy Trinity is granted parish status by the Diocese of Pennsylvania. 

1957: The parish house is enlarged and an educational wing is added. 

1965: The church building is extended and the altar is moved away from the wall, enabling the celebrant to face the congregation during the Eucharist. 

Holy Trinity Lansdale Sanctuary

The linear communion rail becomes semi-circular and the choir is moved to behind the altar. 

Come forward for Holy Communion

The dark wood in the nave is replaced by light wood. In recent years, chairs have replaced the pews.  A modern stained glass window depicting a descending dove is installed behind the baptismal font. 

Dalles De Verre Window at the Baptistry
The Outside of the Window is Smalti Mosaic

1990: The former Guild Room, located between the narthex and St. Margaret’s Hall is transformed into a chapel. 

Chapel at Holy Trinity 

Later in the 1990’s two new stained glass windows are added to the nave and the rose window is replaced.

Holy Trinity Stained Glass Window: Adam and Eve
Holy Trinity Stained Glass Window: Water of Jordan

Holy Trinity Rose Window

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