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August 29, 2019, 8:00 AM

50 Years of St. Hubert's


 Sunday, April 7, 2019                                                                                                               

                     TODAY at St. Hubert's we mark the 50th Anniversary of our first service:   Easter Sunday, April 6, 1969.

St. Hubert's has been described as a "picturesque" stone church of simple design.  It came to be as a result of the rolling hills of the hunt country in Clark County and was appropriately named "Saint Hubert's" in honor of the patron saint of hunters.

Bishop William R. Moody, the Third Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, did the original drawings for our church and it was built under his direction.  Using limestone native to the region, he created a steeply-roofed design that seems to belong in its setting.  All wood used in the church was grown in Kentucky.  Measuring twenty-five by fifty feet, the sanctuary seats 135 people

Above the entrance doors, Bishop Moody created a triptych of glazed green-and-white tile, which tells the story of St. Hubert and his encounter with a stag bearing a flaming cross between the antlers.  In order to protect the tile, which was beginning to crumble, a covered entrance was added several years later.

The building of St. Hubert's was financed entirely by gifts rather than by diocesan funds, including the five acres of land on which the church sits which was donated by Mrs. Caddis Morris.  Even the furnishing were purchased wih gifts.

On May 31 1969, the doors were dedicated.  The masive oak doors were designed and carved by John Jacob Niles, musician and balladeer.  The outside of the oak was first rubbed down with white lead, then finished with a clear varnish.  The inside was painted an ecclesiastical red with gold.  On the inside he used the symbol of the cross and orb and the lettering "Pax".  He chiseled the Eighty-fourth Psalm, with ivy and tobacco leaves as a border on one of the outside doors.  The other outside door has the date of the first service and that the church was designed by Bishop Moody.

In 1972, a bell, the gift of Clarence Lebus, was placed in a freestanding belfry, built of the same stone as the church.  It peals out every Sunday at  10:30am to signal the beginning of the Eucharist.

For fifteen years Saint Hubert's was not formally affiliated with the national Church or the Diocese of Lexington.  Bishop Moody called it a "peculiar" church, because it did not belong to or financially support any Church body.  At the Diocesan Convention in 1983, St. Hubert's was admitted into the diocese as a parish and remains so today.

The graveyard entrance is a stone wall with a pair of wrought iron gates and is located down the lane to the right of the church.

The formal dedication was celebrated on November 3, 1969, the Sunday nearest to our Saint Hubert's Feast Day.

There is a rich history at Saint Hubert's: the people, the spirituality, the caring, community spirit, use of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and much more.

This very brief history is to give a glimpse of a very special church on the 50th  Anniversary of the first service.

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