Prayerbook Cross

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Sometimes referred to as Drake’s Cross, this 64-foot sandstone cross is the tallest monument in Golden Gate Park. It was erected in 1894 as a gift from the Church of England to commemorate the first use of the Book of Common Prayer in California by Sir Francis Drake in 1579.

As a representation of government-endorsed religion, the monument’s Christian Celtic design has been a source of controversy, but its hidden location within the trees of the park has kept it standing.

Inscriptions:
"Presented to Golden Gate Park at the opening of the Midwinter Fair January 1, AD 1894 – As a memorial of the service held on the shore of Drakes Bay about Saint John Baptists Day June 24 Anno Domini 1579 by Francis Fletcher priest of the Church of England and chaplain of Sir Francis Drake chronicler of the service.

First christian service in the English tongue on our coast. First use of Book of Common Prayer in our country – One of the first recorded missionary prayers on our continent..."

Location

Nestled between Park Presidio Bypass Boulevard and JFK Drive on the northeast side of Golden Gate Park

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