Worship and Music Timeline (1868–2018)

St. Peter's celebrates its 150th anniversary beginning in 2018.
This timeline includes details about music that will be sung at St. Peter's during this anniversary season. Details will be added through May 2019.


Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis is built.


St. Peter’s founded as a mission of Christ Church Cathedral.

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) completes his A German Requiem. The anthem “How lovely are thy dwellings” will be sung at St. Peter’s Sesquicentennial celebration on Sunday, October 14 at 10:30 a.m.


Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) writes Locus iste. This motet will be sung on Sunday, September 9 at the 10:30 a.m. service. The words are from the Gradual for the anniversary of a dedication of a church. The English translation is: 

This place was made by God,
a priceless sacrament;
it is without reproach


St. Peter’s formed as a parish


St. Peter’s first building (chapel) completed at Grand Blvd. and Olive St.


Adolphus Busch brews the first Budweiser in America, and it is marketed by Carl Conrad & Co. of St. Louis.

Forest Park opens.


St. Louis Symphony Orchestra founded. The St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest professional symphony orchestra in the United States


The Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops adopts the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral.


Minor revisions are made to the Book of Common Prayer.

The team later known as the St. Louis Cardinals begins their association with the National League


St. Peter’s moves to its second building, on the corner of Lindell Blvd. and Spring Ave.


French composer Alexandre Guilmant (1837–1911)  publishes Organ Sonata No. 7, Op. 89, dedicated to Charles Galloway (pictured), the organist of St. Peter’s.

"I was glad” was composed by C. Hubert H. Parry (1848–1911) for the coronation of King Edward VII. This anthem will be sung on "St. Peter's Day," Sunday, September 16 at the 10:30 a.m. service.


On April 30 the Worlds Fair opens in St. Louis. Daily organ recitals begin on June 9, and the official organist is Charles Galloway, St. Peter's organist. The organ in the fair's Festival Hall is the largest in the world. (After the fair this organ moved to Philadelphia and became the Wanamaker Organ.)


Evening Hymn by H. Balfour Gardiner (1877–1950) is published. This anthem will be sung at Evensong on Sunday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m.


St. Louis Zoo opens


The General Convention of the Episcopal Church is held in St. Louis October 11–27.


One hundred years ago: C. Hubert H. Parry (1848–1918) writes his Songs of Farewell, from which the Choir will sing My soul, there is a country, on Sunday, September 23 at the 10:30 a.m. service.


English composer Gustav Holst (1874–1934) publishes Turn back, O man, one of his Three Festival Chorus, Op. 36a, which will be sung Sunday, September 30 at the 10:30 a.m. service.


Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) founded. St. Peter's is member of the RSCM.


The revised Book of Common Prayer includes language updates and a new translation of Psalms. "Love, honor, and obey" is dropped from the bride's vows in the service of Holy Matrimony.

Edgar Bainton (1880–1956) writes And I saw a new heaven which will be sung on All Saints' Day (observed), Sunday, November 4 at 10:30 a.m.


Ted Drewes, Sr. opens his first frozen custard shop in St. Louis


English composer William Walton (1902–1983) writes the anthem Set me as a seal upon thine heart for the wedding of Ivor Guest and Lady Mabel Fox-Strangways. The Choir will sing this anthem on Sunday, October 7 at the 10:30 a.m. service.


A new Hymnal is approved.

c. 1942

Gooey Butter Cake is created and becomes a popular baked good in St. Louis.


Henry St. George Tucker becomes the Episcopal Church's first full-time Presiding Bishop.


Elizabeth Huntington Dyer is the first female deputy to The Episcopal Church’s General Convention. She is a member of St. Peter’s Church.
Read more: "Betsy Dyer cracked stained-glass ceiling as 1946 GC deputy", Episcopal News Service article by Sarah Bryan Miller.


St. Peter’s moves to its current location at the corner of Warson and Ladue Roads.


French composer Pierre Villette (1926–1998) writes the motet O salutaris hostia, Op. 21 which will be sung September 30 at the 10:30 a.m. service.

English composer William Henry Harris (1883–1873) writes Behold the tabernacle of God for the opening of the new headquarters of the Royal School of Church Music (of which St. Peter's is a member). This anthem will be sung at Evensong on Sunday,  October 7 at 5:00 p.m., and again at the service of Holy Communion on Sunday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men;
And the spirit of God dwelleth within you:
For the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
For the love of whom ye do this day celebrate the joys of the temple with season of festivity. 



Jean Berger (1909–2002) writes the motet The eyes of all wait upon thee, which will be sung on Sunday, September 23 at the 10:30 a.m. service.


Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986) composes his Four Motets, Op. 10, from which the Choir will sing the beloved Ubi caritas on Sunday, October 7 at the 10:30 a.m. service.


The General Convention of the Episcopal Church is again held in St. Louis October 11–23.


The Gateway Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen, is completed.


American composer Ned Rorem (b. 1923) writes his Three Motets of which the Choir will sing two on Sunday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m.


First season of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.


General Convention approves new Book of Common Prayer, which remains the official Prayer Book of the Episcopal Church


A new Hymnal is approved. This is the hymnal currently in use at St. Peter's.


St. Peter’s founds The Haven of Grace, serving women who are young, pregnant, and homeless.


A service of Choral Evensong is held on March 4, the first of many such regular Evensong services to be sung at St. Peter's. View the current Choral Evensong and Concert schedule.


St. Peter’s Columbarium and memorial garden constructed in response to a need for interment on the parish grounds


The Revised Common Lectionary is authorized for trial use in the Episcopal Church.


Interior of St. Peter’s church building restored and a new chancel organ is built by N.P. Mander, Ltd. of London


The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith becomes the Tenth Bishop of Missouri.


Katharine Jefferts Schori of Nevada is elected the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church for a 9-year term. She is the first and only woman to be a churchwide leader in the Anglican Communion.

The Revised Common Lectionary becomes the official lectionary of the Episcopal Church. This is the three-year cycle of biblical readings that governs what lessons are read on Sundays.


American composer Jake Runestad (b. 1986) writes I will lift mine eyes, which will be sung Sunday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m.


The Episcopal Church approves the trial use of an official liturgy to bless same-sex couples and their unions, called "The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant."

Deaconess Anne House, an intentional community for young adults, is founded. The community is part of a church-wide network called the Episcopal Service Corps and works from a house in Old North St. Louis.


The Rev. Luke Jernagan becomes the Rector of St. Peter’s


The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry is installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on November 1. He is the first African American to be Presiding Bishop. (Bishop Curry visited St. Peter’s on October 14, 2018.)


St. Peter's celebrates 150 years.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is redesignated the Gateway Arch National Park