Our bishop, Bishop Steven Parkes installed the new pastor of my former church at their 11 am UR Mass. He then spoke to the UA Mass that followed the 11 am Mass as a prelude to it as he had to depart.
Please listen to the organ prelude as the procession entered. This is the historic Jardine Organ order from New York to be installed for the 1863 consecration of the church. However the northern blockade of the south during the war prevented it from being shipped. After the war and due to uselesss confederate money, the church could not afford to have it shipped. Thanks be to God for Most Holy Trinity’s associate pastor, Father Abram Ryan, the priest poet of the confederacy/south, raised money with his poetry readings in Augusta and the organ was installed in 1866.
We were able to fully and historically restored it in the late 1990’s. It had fallen into grave disrepair and not used for decades. There was talk of removing it. Thanks be to God that did not happen.
Another interesting point is that the three altars were manufactured in Baltimore. But those shipping them to Augusta were willing to risk the northern blockade and bring them to Augusta where these were installed in time for the consecration: