Say a prayer for St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church. But not inside the 139-year-old landmark.
The church closed Easter Sunday.
“We should have been smiling and rejoicing and exclaiming, ‘He hath risen!’ ” said the Rev. Dr. Napoleon Bryant Jr., the church’s ordained deacon.
“Instead, the service was as solemn as the funeral of a child,” added the clergyman who has also been a parishioner at the racially mixed church since 1951.
Officials with the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio attribute the closing to declining attendance.
“That’s the main reason,” the Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, diocesan bishop, said. Only 16 households regularly put money in the offering plate.