Editorial: Historic church reflects idea of Easter resurrection

Easter is a day to celebrate, literally, a resurrection. When you couple the meaning of the day with the fact that it annually takes place in spring, Easter naturally invites feelings of “coming back to life” and a re-birth.  

Perhaps no other place in our community reflects that more than Prince George’s Chapel, the 264-year-old church in Dagsboro that will be holding a sunrise service on Easter Sunday, April 21, at 6:30 a.m.

“When the sun comes in through the glass in the front, it is so special, just remembering that Christ arose,” explained Vickie Veasey, a member of the Friends of Prince George’s Chapel.

The church has been open for Epiphany and Easter services in recent years, but that’s been pretty much it for people wanting to get in and see it for themselves. According to Veasey, that will change, starting on Sunday, May 19.

The chapel will start opening its doors to visitors once a month, on the third Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., according to local historian Sandie Gerken, who will be on hand on May 19 to start the tours.

Prince George’s is a treasure to our entire community. Beginning as a “chapel of ease” for St. Martin’s Church in Worcester Parish in Maryland, its purpose was to be a church in the outlying areas where it would be difficult for worshipers to attend services at the main church — almost like a “satellite” church.

And now it stands by itself, as popular as ever, and stands as a beacon of re-birth this Easter Sunday.