Gloria Dei Old Swedes Episcopal Church
916 South Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Old Swedes Church was originally started in the 1600s as a Lutheran Church. Over time as the Swedish Lutheran settlers learned English, the church was assimilated into the Episcopalian tradition. One largely unknown fact is that the first president of the United States under the Articles of Confederation, our first Constitution, was John Hanson, who is buried here at Old Swedes Church.
The name Gloria Dei means “the glory of God” in Latin. The theme of the glory of God runs throughout the entire Bible and, as the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (NIV). This historic church attests to the close connection of faith and public service in our country’s earliest days.