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Grace Church’s 175th Anniversary Continues With This Weekend’s Evensong

18 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The desire to look back and remember, and to look forward and celebrate, is a part of Grace Episcopal Church in Mansfield as its 175th anniversary commemoration continues.

This weekend, that takes the form of a Choral Evensong service to be held at the church, 41 Bowman Street.

Evensong is a church service traditionally held near sunset focused on singing psalms and other biblical canticles, and is part of Episcopal and Anglican choral tradition.  In origin, it is identical to the canonical hour of vespers, and its name comes from the Old English word oefensang, meaning vespers.

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All About Richland

The Windows Of Grace

2 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield’s remarkable collection of historic church buildings echo a time when religious belief and community worship found expression in brick, glass, and stone.

One of those remarkable structures is home to a congregation celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, and you are invited to learn about an art exhibit unlike others.

The stained glass windows at Grace Episcopal Church are the focus of a talk this Sunday afternoon. OSU Mansfield Professor Danny Butts will talk about the history of the windows and the “saints” which can be found in them.

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History & Tourism

Grace Episcopal Begins 175th Anniversary Celebration

11 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The parishioners at Mansfield’s Grace Episcopal Church set out to celebrate a remarkable milestone on Sunday.

They did so in a time honored way — by holding a commemorative worship service in their building on the corner of Third and Bowman. Among them was the Right Reverend Mark J. Hollingsworth, Eleventh Bishop of Ohio.

Hollingworth greeted those present by sharing with them that he was happy to be with them. “Under this mask,” he began, “I have an ear-to-ear grin of delight to be here and to see all of you in this wonderful celebration of 175 years and all that is awaiting us in our dream for Grace Church and for each of us.”

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All About Richland

Grace Episcopal Pantry Makes Large Thanksgiving Food Distribution

25 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Food Pantry at Grace Episcopal Church in Mansfield is making Thanksgiving a reality for a large number of Richland County families.

As shared recently on social media, the Thanksgiving Food Distribution resulted in some 643 families receiving food free of charge. Volunteers staffed the effort, and an underlying Richland County Foundation grant provided the financial wherewithal.

Grace Church’s Pantry operation received a COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant from the Foundation earlier this year. More…

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All About Richland

Grace Church Welcomes Bishop As Diocese Celebrates Bicentennial

8 Feb , 2017  

There’s a celebration taking place all across northern Ohio this year, and no more so than at the corner of Third and Bowman in downtown Mansfield.

2017 marks the Bicentennial for the Diocese of Ohio, the first diocese of the Episcopal Church outside of the original thirteen colonies. For the first decades of its existence, the legal and spiritual home of the diocese was in nearby Gambier, home to Kenyon College. Kenyon was founded by Philander Chase, the first Bishop of Ohio. More…

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Downtown

Sounds Of Choral Evensong Flood Grace Church

10 Oct , 2016  

As one attendee shared on social media after Sunday night’s Festival Evensong at Mansfield’s Grace Episcopal Church, “It was a step back in time. I loved the sanctuary, the atmosphere, and the music.”

The event was both an opportunity to hear choral music by British and American classical composers, as well as a benefit for Mid Ohio Opera. Members of the opera troupe sang works by Handel, Vivaldi, Tallis, Vaughn Williams and others, accompanied by Grace organist Lee Singleton. Singers included Joel Vega, Heidi Kirschenheister Vega, Lori Turner, and William Johnson. More…

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