Church of St. Alban, Roxborough

The Church of St. Alban, Roxborough is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1859 as a chapel of ease of St. David's Episcopal Church in Manayunk, initially with a dedication to St. Peter. The cornerstone for the church building was laid on September 15, 1860, and the church was consecrated by Bishop William Bacon Stevens on January 14, 1862, as his first official episcopal act, having himself been consecrated to the episcopate six days earlier. Its architect was Alfred Byles, who also designed the Fifth Baptist Church at the corner of Eighteenth and Spring Garden in Philadelphia.

Church of St. Alban the Martyr
St. Alban's Episcopal Church
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Church of St. Alban the Martyr is located in Pennsylvania
Church of St. Alban the Martyr
Church of St. Alban the Martyr
Church of St. Alban the Martyr is located in the United States
Church of St. Alban the Martyr
Church of St. Alban the Martyr
40°02′36″N 75°13′18″W / 40.043381741369295°N 75.22175877977642°W / 40.043381741369295; -75.22175877977642Coordinates: 40°02′36″N 75°13′18″W / 40.043381741369295°N 75.22175877977642°W / 40.043381741369295; -75.22175877977642
Location532 Fairthorne Ave.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
CountryUnited States
DenominationEpiscopal
Websitewww.churchofstalban.com
History
Founded1859 (1859)
DedicationSt. Alban the Protomartyr of England
Earlier dedicationSt. Peter
ConsecratedJanuary 14, 1862
Architecture
Architect(s)Alfred Byles
Years built1860-1861
GroundbreakingSeptember 15, 1860
CompletedOctober 13, 1861

During the twentieth century, St. Alban's was nicknamed "Roxborough's Little Church Around the Corner," a reference to the Church of the Transfiguration in New York City as a small and uncharacteristically open parish.

The tracker action organ at St. Alban's is Hook & Hastings Opus 1750 from 1897. Several of the church's stained glass windows are by Paula Himmelsbach Balano (1877-1967), a German-American church artist working in a medium uncommon for women at the time of her installations. The sanctuary is designed to accommodate ad orientem celebration.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Alban's began and maintained a regimen of daily Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer broadcast on Facebook. The parish is a supporter of the St. James School at the former Church of St. James the Less in East Falls. It is part of the Wissahickon Deanery of the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

The parish's current rector is the Rev. Paul Adler, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and member of the Society of Catholic Priests.

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