Holy Communion Episcopal Parish (Ashe County, North Carolina)

Parish church
name = Holy Communion Episcopal Parish
Holy Trinity, Glendale Springs
St. Mary's, West Jefferson
Ashe County, North Carolina

dedication = Holy Communion, Holy Trinity and St. Mary
denomination = Episcopal
tradition =
parish = Holy Communion
deanery = Mountain Deanery
archdeaconry =
diocese = Western North Carolina
The Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor, Bishop
province = IV
rector = The Rev. Stephen A. Miller
deacon = The Rev. Shirley Long
honpriest =
director =
organist =
warden =
warden1 =
website = [http://www.ecva.org/exhibition/acs/commun_1.html Holy Communion unofficial website]

Holy Communion Episcopal Parish, located in Ashe County, North Carolina, is a small parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. The parish consists of two small historic Carpenter Gothic churches that are both decorated with frescoes done by internationally renowned painter Ben Long and his students. [ [http://www.ecva.org/exhibition/acs/commun_1.html The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts | Art/Community/Story ] ]

t. Mary's Episcopal Church

St. Mary's Episcopal Church, located on Highway 194, in West Jefferson, was built in 1905. In 1972, the Rev. Faulton Hodge became priest in charge and later agreed to let Ben Long, a young artist newly returned to North Carolina from studying in Italy, paint wet plaster frescoes on the interior walls of St. Mary's. [ [http://www.ecva.org/exhibition/acs/commun_1.html The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts | Art/Community/Story ] ] .

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church located twelve miles from St. Mary's at 120 Glendale School Road in Glendale Springs, was built in 1901. Holy Trinity closed in 1946 and stood empty and neglected for 30 years until Fr. Hodge began a drive to restore it in the late 1970's. In 1980 Ben Long and 20 assistants began painting frescoes on the walls of the church as it was being restored. [ [http://www.ecva.org/exhibition/acs/commun_3.html The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts | Art/Community/Story ] ] Later a chapel named "Christ the King" was built in Holy Trinity's basement. It is named for a large mosaic done in 1920 by John Joseph Earley, sometimes called John Early, which was donated to the church. A wall fresco was done in 1984 by Jeffrey Mims, a student of Ben Long. [ [http://www.ecva.org/exhibition/acs/commun_3a.html The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts | Art/Community/Story ] ]

Ministry of the Frescoes

The popularity of the frescoes has required the parish members to start a ministry to keep the two churches open for visitors under the supervision of parishioners who have been trained as docents. [ [http://www.ecva.org/exhibition/acs/commun_3a.html The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts | Art/Community/Story ] ] The two churches are also part of the Ben Long Fresco Trail. [ [http://www.benlongfrescotrail.com/ashe.html Benjamin F. Long Fresco Trail - Ashe County Frescoes ] ]

Worship services

Worship services are alternated between the two churches on a monthly basis. [ [http://www.ecva.org/exhibition/acs/commun_3a.html The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts | Art/Community/Story ] ]


External links

* [http://www.ecva.org/exhibition/acs/commun_1.html Holy Communion unofficial website]
* [http://www.benlongfrescotrail.com/ashe.html Ben Long Fresco Trail]
* [http://tibercreekceramics.com/links.htm John Early (sic) of Washington, D.C.]
* [http://www.nps.gov/mehi/historyculture/jearley.htm NPS Bio of John J. Earley]

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