1917-1927

Pictorial History of St. Peter’s | 1865-Present

1917-1927

In 1917, the first St. Peter’s Church, a “perpendicular Gothic,” now the Christian Science Church, was built on Lamson property at 439 Boston Post Road in Weston in a “spirit of unity and concord.” Such spirit had its limits, however, and one prominent member resigned over the heated issue of planting ivy on the church’s stone walls. He objected, he said, to the symbolism of a “clinging” plant.

In 1920, The Reverend Mr. Reeve, “an angel on two feet,” resigned, and was replaced by The Reverend William Parsons, or Parson Parsons as he liked to be called. Mr. Parsons, an antique bottle collector, was elderly, witty, and very “low church.” Every Sunday he conducted Morning Prayer services, celebrating communion once a month. He also started a boys’ choir, accompanied by a hand-pumped organ that often wandered off-key, leaving both choir and congregation in bewildered disharmony.

The Reverend Dr. John Higginson Cabot, who was scholarly, reserved, and decidedly “high church,” succeeded Parson Parsons in 1927. A member of the Order of the Holy Cross, he wore the elaborate Anglican vestments appropriate to each occasion, and the services became more “Anglo-Catholic,” with frequent celebration of the Eucharist. During these years, the parish grew and prospered, and the seating capacity of the Church was expanded.

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