Religion: Idiom

More than half a century ago, a Manhattan rector refused to perform in his church Lie burial service of an actor who had been greatly loved by his fellow stage-folk. He suggested, however, that there was a little church around the corner which might.

At that time, Joseph Jefferson was the most famous actor on Broadway. Said he: "God bless the Little Church Around the Corner." His remark became the sobriquet of the church and an English idiom.

Last week, actors of high and low degree, literati, publicists crowded into the Church of the Transfiguration...

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