OCTOBER - 2014


A theological school instructor shared a seat with a small boy on a shuttle train. The boy was holding a Sunday school book. “Do you go to Sunday school, my boy?” asked the teacher. “Yes, sir” answered the boy. “Tell me then” the teacher said, in a bit of an arrogant tone of voice, “where God is and I will give you an apple.” The boy looked sharply at the man and replied, “I will give you a whole barrel of apples if you tell me where He is not.”


It seems that he only opens his mouth to change feet.,







People groan at a party when you pick out the music.

You truly believe that aliens are living among us.

Once you took off the back of your TV just to see what was inside.

You save power cords from broken appliances.

You think that when people around you yawn, it’s because they are tired.



The first memory of past events related to the Cathedral is recorded in my written notes. About ten years ago [from 2004] I had a conversation with Natri Hyatt (Carswell) Pierce. She told me that she gave birth to a son, at night, in the Hubert Hyatt house, just south of the Cathedral. In the morning, she was awakened by the sounds of horns, probably trumpets, being blown from the Cathedral Tower. The date was June 19th, 1965. Natri wasn’t sure if she was in heaven or on earth, she told me.

This bit of history reveals a custom that Raymond Pitcairn had of having horns blown early in the morning on New Church Day.

The second reminiscence also belongs to Natri. She recalled that when she was a young child, she went to a church pageant, held among pine trees near the unfinished Cathedral. She told me that she wore a long white dress and held the hand of a parent, on each side of her. To have her mother and her father all to herself was a special thrill that she never forgot. She even recalled the sound of her bare feet or shoes as she walked on the pebbly ground. Yes, pageants have been held around the Cathedral for many, many years.

The third memory that I reveal here came from Natri’s sister Morna Hyatt during a conversation that I had with her in March of 1996. She told me about the Italian stonemasons and other men who built the Cathedral. Most of them lived in Philadelphia and rode the train to Bryn Athyn. It arrived at 8:20 A.M. This group of about 200 men would walk up to the Cathedral in the morning and pass by her house. Then at the end of their workday they would return to Philadelphia on the 5:20 P.M. train. Morna told me that she and her young sisters often hid behind the trees on their property and peeked at the workmen as they walked by.


“Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.” - Calvin Coolidge

“Prosperity’s right hand is industry, and her left hand is frugality.” - Anon

“Life is a short day; but it is a working day.” - Hannah More

“I shall never permit myself to stoop so low as to hate any man.” - Booker T. Washington

“He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.” - Anon

“A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill, requires only our silence, which costs us nothing.” - John Tillotson (1630-1694) Archbishop of Canterbury


‘Tis the human touch in this world that counts – The touch of your hand and mine – Which means far more to the fainting heart – Than shelter and bread and wine – For shelter is gone when the night is o’er – And bread lasts only a day – But the touch of the hand and the sound of the voice – Sing on in the soul alway. - Spencer Michael Free, born 1856

When I am sore beset I seek some quiet place – Some lonely room or barren, windswept hill – And there in silence wait alone until – I see again the smile upon God’s face.

I feel his presence fill me like the dawn – And hear once more his whispered, “Peace, be still” – And know again the strength to do his will – I turn to take my load and find it gone. - Antoinette Goetschius

REMEMBRANCE by Margaret E. Bruner

This memory of my mother stays with me – Throughout the years: the way she used to stand – Framed in the door when any of her band – Of children left…as long as she could see – Their forms, she gazed, as if she seemed to be – Trying to guard – to meet some far demand – And then before she turned to tasks at hand – She breathed a little prayer inaudibly.

And now, I think, in some far heavenly place – She watches still, and yet is not distressed – But rather as one who, after life’s long race – Has found contentment in a well-earned rest – There, in peaceful, dreamlike reverie – She waits, from earthly care forever free.


I need to be forgiven, Lord – So many times a day – So often do I slip and fall – Be merciful, I pray! – And help me not be critical – When other’s faults I see – For so many times, my Lord – The same faults are in me. - Anonymous

Lord, make me willing to be uncomfortable in order to reach out to someone you love. - Virginia Patterson

God, of your goodness, give me yourself; for you are sufficient for me. I cannot properly ask anything else, to be worthy of you. If I were to ask less, I should always be in want. In you alone do I have all. - Julian of Norwich, 14th century


“Methods of locomotion have improved greatly in recent years, but places to go remain about the same.” - Don Herold

“Heavenly Father, hear our prayer – Keep us in Thy loving care. – Guard us through the livelong day – In our work and in our play. – Keep us pure and sweet and true – In everything we say and do.” - Isaac Watts

THE TAPER “One taper lights a thousand – Yet it shines as it has shone – And the humblest light may kindle – A brighter than its own.“ - Hezekiah Butterworth

“Correction does much, but encouragement does more – Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.” - Goethe

“Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.” - Sam Walter Foss

“Kind looks, kind words, kind acts, and warm handshakes – these are secondary means of grace when men are in trouble and are fighting their unseen battles.” - Jon Hall

“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” - William Wordsworth

“The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer.” - Theodore Roosevelt

“To report what has been told in confidence and to add a few embellishments is a common human frailty and is not new….” - McLlyar H. Lichliter

“Love God and He will dwell with you. Obey God, and He will reveal to you the truth of his deepest teachings.” - Frederick William Robertson (1816-1853)

“Life is rather a state of embryo, a preparation for life; a man is not completely born till he has passed through death.” - John Franklin (born 1897)

“Life is a series of surprises.” - Emerson

“A man can no more be a Christian without facing evil and conquering it, than he can be a soldier without going to battle, facing the cannon’s mouth and encountering the enemy in the field.” - E. H. Chapin


How to succeed: start at the bottom and wake up.

I met a poor soul in the depths of despair – Who climbed to the heights in answer to prayer.

“God has given us a will to choose His will.” - Henrietta C. Mears

Well begun is half done.

Every time you lose your temper, you advertise yourself.

Any time that you believe that truth stands in your way, you can be sure that you are headed in the wrong direction.

A person who walks with God will never be late for his spiritual meals.


A little girl was lying in bed, her teeth chattering and her feet sticking out from beneath the covers. “Gracious!” exclaimed her mother. “Put your feet under the covers.” “No,” protested the child. “I’m not going to put those cold things in bed with me.”

“A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.” - Billy Graham


One dog barks at something and a hundred bark at the sound.

Rashness is the parent of misfortune.

We can never see the sun rise by looking to the west.

He who lies down with dogs rises with fleas.


Dec.6, 1934 Now, after two months, the name of Chief Crazy Bull, who lectured here in October, is still popular among the children. The young chief had a way with children that is rare. Being a grandson of Sitting Bull makes him an undisputed Indian Chief…. His stories are very suitable to children and he teaches the children Indian ways by getting them on the stage where they can go through the dances and learn the yells by imitating him.

Dec. 20, 1934 The boys and girls had three or four days skating on the Pond last week.

Jan. 31, 1935 “Mother, what happens to an old car, when it won’t run anymore?” “Someone sells it to your father.”

Feb. 7, 1935 De Charms Hall, the elementary school building, was swept by fire early Sunday morning, with a total loss estimated at about $100,000. The entire building was demolished….

Mar. 28, 1935 The following paragraph has been taken from a letter by Mrs. Alan Pendleton, of Kansas City, to the Post: “We are having the worst dust storm in years. The sun has been obliterated and one cannot see half a block.” Note: For several weeks we have noticed dust in the atmosphere here in Bryn Athyn and the rain brings down a fine dust that is especially noticeable on newly washed cars.

April 4, 1935 Sam Croft insists that we mention the death of his pet dog, Bo, but we refuse.

May 23, 1935 CARVINAL for the benefit of the BRYN ATHYN BOYS’ CLUB, Memorial Day at 3 P.M. under the Big Circus Tent – South Avenue, Exhibition of Dressed Up House Pets – Cash Prizes Awarded. Interesting Big Side Show. All sorts of amusements. Adults, 15c – Children 10c.