The most popular names of Episcopal parishes in the U.S. are in a virtual three-way tie between churches with the word Christ (527), St. John (524) or Trinity (520) on their signs, according to a Michigan priest who recently launched a computer-aided search through the denomination’s annual Red Book.
St. Paul appears in church names 488 times. The fifth-most-common (311 times) name is St. Andrew, a disciple not prominent in the New Testament but important as the patron saint of Scotland.
“The first U.S. Episcopal priest to be ordained bishop was Samuel Seabury in 1784, but because England would not do it Seabury went to Scotland to be consecrated,” said Chris Yaw, associate rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Battle Creek. “Since then the Episcopal Church has had a special relationship with the Scots as reflected in our hymnody, liturgy and in our church’s flag and insignia.”