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Welcome to Grace!

We are…..

  • A center for worship and fellowship;
  • A school for discipleship and stewardship; and
  • A community for healing and outreach.

We live our mission through regular participation in the Eucharist and the practice of our baptismal promises. Traditional Eucharistic liturgy and fine music are hallmarks of worship at our parish. Please explore our website to get to know us or, better yet, come visit!

History

A Brief History of Grace Church

Grace Church was the third Episcopal parish to be founded in the city of Alexandria.  “Episcopal” comes from the Greek word meaning “Bishop”.  The Episcopal Church (ECUSA) is the name of our church in the United States.  We are part of the world-wide Anglican Communion of those churches with roots in the Church of England.

From our earliest days, Grace has been an active parish in the Diocese of Virginia.  Our history affirms the vision of our founders to be a church where “all may come without regard for temporal estate, freely and without fee, as brethren come one to another.”

1855   Founding by 30 members of Christ Church, Alexandria, and first services at the Lyceum

1860   First church on South Patrick Street completed and consecrated

1861   Church converted into a hospital for Union troops during the Civil War

1893   Weekly celebration of the Eucharist, and Choral Eucharist each Sunday, begins

1930   First Midnight Mass celebrated

1948   New church building on Russell Road dedicated by Bishop Goodwin
Father Edward Merrow serves as Rector

1959   Grace Episcopal School opens

1975   Father Robert Moody begins to serve as Rector

1986   First woman ordained to the Priesthood at Grace Church

1989   Father Robert Malm begins to serve as Rector

1994   Renovation and expansion of our physical plant

2005   Sesquicentennial celebration year