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Washington's Chapel

Located on Route 23 inside Valley Forge, King of Prussia, 19406

 

Washington was a member of the Anglican church. But since the Anglican clergy took a vow of loyalty to the king, it became difficult for him to remain an active communicant in his church. As a result, reports of Washington’s communing during the Revolutionary War appear in other Christian contexts, such as with Presbyterian or Reformed believers. But to Washington’s credit, his letters indicate his efforts after the war to seek reconciliation with alienated friends who were Anglican clergymen who had disagreed with him over the revolution.

When attendance in the Anglican church was no longer required with the disestablishment of the church in Virginia, he continued to worship in his childhood church. Having Episcopal bishops and clergymen as friends, Washington as President maintained his worship in the Episcopal church. Thus the Episcopal tradition has honored his legacy and faith by building a church whose stained glass windows depict the story of Washington and American Independence. We can find in Washington’s diaries that he faithfully worshipped throughout the entire country wherever he was during his long public career in the military and government. Washington well exemplified Hebrews 10:24-25: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (NIV).