On June 24, 1579, on the Feast of Saint John the Baptist, Sir Francis Drake’s chaplain presided over the Holy Eucharist in Drake’s Bay, which was the first service in the English tongue on our coast and the first use of the Book of Common Prayer in our country. The Prayerbook Cross in Golden Gate Park, which bears our diocesan seal, commemorates this event.
On Wednesday, June 21, Holy Hikes will offer a liturgical hike around Stow Lake (in Golden Gate Park) and up to The Prayer Book Cross. For this event, please gather at the Stow Lake Boathouse at 12:30pm. The stational Holy Eucharist will follow a fairly flat 1 mile loop around the lake and finish with the Communion at the foot of the Prayer Book Cross, which is just across JFK Drive from the Stow Lake Picnic Area. The cross is about 200 feet up a hill from JFK Drive.
Meet at: Stow Lake Boathouse, 50 Stow Lake Drive E, San Francisco
Photo: Wesley D. Capps, used with permission