First held on November 28, 1929, Grace Episcopal Church was one of the first churches in the country to have a “Blessing of the Hounds” service–a tradition that has continued each Thanksgiving Day since.
By the late 1700’s in England, foxhunting had taken on the forms that remain today. It has been a popular sport in Virginia since colonial times, and it continues customs and traditions that are mostly English in origin. The blessing of hunting hounds is an ancient practice that today features traditions and rituals developed over the centuries. After the foxhunters, their horses and hounds, and even the foxes have been blessed, the hunt begins. All who attend “The Blessing of the Hounds” are welcome to follow across the road for a glimpse of this fascinating tradition. The Episcopal Church Women serve cider, and hot chocolate in the Parish Hall before and after the Blessing of the Hounds service. It is an exciting event and will be a great way to begin your Thanksgiving celebration!
Volunteers are always needed to help with parking,handing out programs, helping in the kitchen and collecting donations.
The volunteer hours are 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We will also need fall fruits such as pumpkins, gourds, and squashes for door decorations. If you can provide any of these items, please leave them at the church by Tuesday, November 21st.
General Office Hours: Monday: 8am-1pm Tuesday: 8am-2pm Wednesday: 8am-2pm Thursday: 9am-3:30pm Friday: 11am-3:00pm See the church calendar for any exceptions If possible, please call ahead of visiting to confirm availability. Staff hours are located here