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Churches worth seeing, IX

August 9, 2013

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Christ Church : Dark Harbor, Islesboro, Me.
(Diocese of Maine)

ALTHOUGH technically a non-denominational chapel, Christ Church in Dark Harbor was built in 1892 by Episcopalian summer residents of the island, staffed by an Episcopal clergyman, and services have been conducted according to the Book of Common Prayer ever since.

As the Bishop of Maine writes:

Christ Church, Dark Harbor, is a large and lovely wood frame church on the southern end of Islesboro. To get there we took the state ferry from Lincolnville on Saturday afternoon. The ferry ceases service each day at 4:30 p.m., so getting back and forth from the mainland is something of an adventure for everyone. We were guests in the magnificent rectory of summer rector Lyndon Shakespeare and family. Christ Church’s most striking feature is a reredos, in a three dimensional, fresco style, of Jesus the Good Shepherd. It covers the entire east end of the church. The music was also striking, with a fine choir and instrumental music. A substantial congregation of more than 80 joined in the worship.

Photos courtesy of the aforementioned Revd Lyndon Shakespeare.

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