Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Parish Marriage Register - Rector's Rambling for June 22, 2014

Last weekend we retired a parish register.  Every parish church has a book, or books, for recording baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials.  It is one way that the church keeps track of her members, and becomes a great historical resource as well.
On June 14, I officiated at the wedding of Brian and Stephanie (Johnson) Lang.  As with all marriages, it was entered into the parish register.  It was the last space in the book that began with a wedding on March 17, 1956 (Mr. Robert Allen Herd and Miss Marie Pauline Dancier).  The officiant was The Rev’d. I. C. Johnson, rector of St. John’s from 1934 to 1962.
That first wedding in the book is number 3026 in the history of St. John’s.  The wedding last weekend was number 3421.  That means in 58 years there have been 395 weddings at St. John’s for an average of nearly seven weddings a year.  Since 1859 the parish has averaged 22 weddings a year, a number elevated from years like 1926 when 60 couples were married at St. John’s!
This register will now be put in storage in the office, and will be used to answer requests about family histories and inquiries for proof of marriage.