Monday, July 20, 2009

My Parish Home

As a result of an earlier discussion here, Grandmère Mimi and I have agreed to post photos of the parish churches in which we worship and which we love.

My parish was established in 1836 and built its first structure in 1842. It served as a hospital during the great cholera epidemic (1849-51) and to the Civil War wounded. The parish moved a few blocks east, remaining in the downtown area; the current structure was completed in 1901. [History is available in the "About Grace" page here.]


Here are my photos.

The view from outside. We are in the downtown area. And we have real bells.

A shot of the nave.

And another shot of the nave, with Dr. Thomas Pawley reading.

The chancel space, in a simple summer service with the "summer altar."

View up the aisle.

The altar, with a full retinue during the installation of our current priest:

That's all I have. I don't have many photos of the church building. I bet Mimi will blow me away with her photos.

Now ... a challenge to you all as we talk about our worship spaces and our worship experiences. How 'bout you post photos, too? Put a link in the comments.


Blogger Kirkepiscatoid said...

Well, I took the bait even though my pictures are few and crappy.

7/21/2009 7:52 AM  
OpenID countrybearnyc said...

St. Luke in the Fields, Greenwich Village, NYC. The land on which it was built was donated by author Clement Clarke Moore (’Twas the Night before Christmas') and St. Luke's was named after the physician-apostle in recognition of the area's role in providing refuge from the frequent yellow fever epidemic in the early 1800s.

7/21/2009 9:18 AM  
Blogger Dennis said...


Last summer and this summer I have spent my mornings at Church of the Rolling Hills but with the move back to Chicago next week I expect to spend more time at one of the places in this diocese.

(just having fun. sort of. honestly I am trying to make up my mind between All Saints in the Ravenswood neighborhood and Church of Our Savior in the Lincoln Park area. It will take a few visits with each to decide.)

7/21/2009 12:20 PM  
Blogger Grandmère Mimi said...

Lisa, your church is lovely, and the pictures are wonderful. We have real bells, too, and a real pipe organ.

I was way too tired to post anything coherent last night, but I posted this morning. The results are here.

I've already checked out Dennis' deceptive post, but I will check out Kirke's and CountryBear's posts now.

7/21/2009 12:54 PM  
Blogger Grandmère Mimi said...

Country Bear, your church is wonderful. When was it built? It's no longer in the fields. Like St. Martin in the Fields at Trafalgar Square, the surroundings are all built up.

7/21/2009 3:13 PM  
Blogger klady said...


Love your church.

I've posted my own here, but I am afraid this latest crop did not turn out very well. I'm afraid was too impatient with the camera and no doubt looking forward to getting home.


7/21/2009 3:23 PM  
Blogger Caminante said...

Countrybearnyc, thanks for the photos of Saint Luke... I went there for a year (my first year in seminary) before going to my field ed parish and my partner was quite involved in life there. I loved the windows and, yes, the incense.

7/21/2009 3:32 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Thanks, KirkE! Great photos. I've left comments over there.

7/21/2009 9:04 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Countrybrarnyc, I followed your link to Facebook, but didn't find your photos. Provide another link?

7/21/2009 9:07 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Dennis, you are bad! -- very very bad! But you knew that! ;-)

A friend of mine visited All Saints. I won't be going there. I actually like our liturgy and our BCP.

7/21/2009 9:10 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Grandmère, your photos are lovely, and you wowed me with all the history of the place. Thanks!

7/21/2009 9:11 PM  
Blogger Grandmère Mimi said...

Thanks, Lisa. That's what I'm about - wowing folks. That was fun. We'll have to have another friendly duel again on another subject.

I have pictures of our old cemetery, too, which I may turn into a post.

7/21/2009 9:16 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

Not so fast there, Mimi. I bet others will share pix if we just give them a little time.

7/21/2009 9:22 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I love the pictures!! I go to a RC church and am terrible with a camera. Fortuneately my church has been pictured on the internet and in books. But your pictures and the others are great. I love to go in churches; they kind of show what the people valued.

Please accept this compliment, although some of your commenters HATE me. But the pictures are a delight.

7/21/2009 9:27 PM  
Blogger Lisa Fox said...

HATE??!! No!

Mark, if your parish has a website with good photos, just link it here.

7/21/2009 10:13 PM  
Blogger PseudoPiskie said...

There are photos of Christ Church Meadville on the website I set up ten years ago here with more recent ones in Activities here. Since then the carpet has been removed which made singing there much more fun. Someday I will update the photos. Someday I may even learn website software and make a decent one. Someday I may find someone else to do it. Probably not.

7/22/2009 8:15 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

lisa, can you hear me---sh sh sh!
I love the pictures!!!great looking churches!!
But "modern" churches are a real problem. Many don't last because time shows they were not really good looking. A few moderns too stan the test of time. MY catholic parish has a fine exterior and a Great interior!! I'm no good with computers but you can find pictures at google:David Halpern Christ the King.
I have a daughter, son-in-law, two grandsons, and three stepsons age 20-25. And, of course, a beautiful wife. Br prepared!!!!

7/22/2009 11:19 AM  

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