Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 5:45 p.m.
Requiem for Sarah Morris Fish Webster
In 1915, Sarah Morris Fish Webster commissioned the famous ecclesiastical architect Ralph Adams Cram to design the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament in memory of her beloved husband, Sidney Webster, who had died in 1910. Ralph Adams Cram also designed Emmanuel Church, Newport and the chapel of St. George’s School in Middletown, not to mention Saint Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in New York City, perhaps his most famous commission.
Upon Mrs. Webster’s death in 1923, Sarah Titus Zabriskie — who had donated the money for our current church building in memory of her mother, Sarah Jane Zabriskie — endowed the side chapel so that it could be supplied with whatever it needed — vestments, frontals, candles, linens, even bread and wine, as well as for the maintenance of the chapel itself — a wise gift from which we continue to benefit. This is why the side chapel is perhaps the best-preserved part of our entire building. Every year, on or near the anniversary of their deaths, May 30th (Sidney’s) and February 16th (Sarah’s), we celebrate Masses of Requiem in that chapel for the repose of their souls.