Dow at High Altar

Church of The Holy Communion, an avowedly Anglo-Catholic parish since its founding in 1848, is a part of the continuing Episcopal Church in South Carolina and is therefore in full communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury.  Our local Bishop is Charles vonRosenberg, by whose graciousness we also have a spiritual relationship with the Anglo-Catholic diocese of Springfield, Illinois, and their Bishop, Daniel Martins.


Here are some links you might be interested in checking out!


The Episcopal Church in South Carolina

The Diocese of Springfield, Illinois


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About Us

Why should I visit your church?”

Delighted you asked!  Church of the Holy Communion has served this community since 1848.  From the day we opened our doors we have cherished these essentials: 

We worship God in the Beauty of Holiness.

Where else in this city can you find a Mozart mass sung as a mass? (and not as a concert).  To step through our doors is to be overwhelmed by physical beauty and spiritual transcendence.  It is indeed heaven on earth.

We worship God by serving our neighbor and respecting the dignity of every human being

After the Civil War, Church of the Holy Communion was the very first voice in the city to provide schools for African American Children.  And we have never wavered in this commitment to justice and open and loving inclusion.  Today, we are at the forefront in this city for ministries of both justice and mercy.  We have a bi-weekly free medical clinic, food pantry, meals-on-wheels.  There is a job for everyone, and an opportunity for all to make our community a better place. 

We worship God with our heart, MIND and soul.

That is to say, we do not minimize the intellectual calling of our faith.  Whether it is in the Montessori based curriculum for our children or the discussion groups for adults, we do not shy away from the hard questions.  We can say the Nicene Creed with sincerity AND host Darwin Week.  We are secure in our traditional Christian Faith, but we are not afraid of those with differing views.  All are welcome in this place, and diversity is a healthy gift.  We are enthusiastically a part of the National Episcopal Church, and therefore the worldwide Communion of Anglican Churches.  We are not distracted by local squabbles nor engaged in the rancor and litigation that others have chosen.  Sound like a place you would like to visit?  You are most welcome at Church of the Holy Communion!


Our Lady of Walsingham

“On Fridays Jesus Brings His Mother!”

With Fr. David McSwain

Join Us On Fridays when Jesus Brings His Mother

11:30 a.m. Praying the Scriptural Rosary 

12:00 p.m. Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary

12:30 p.m. Fellowship Lunch and Kerygma Bible Study





 218 Ashley Avenue  Charleston, SC 29403
843.722.2024    Email


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