Sunday, December 10, 2017

St. Patrick's Catholic Church

St. Patrick's  Catholic Church
London, England

Front Entrance
"St Patrick's Church is a very large Roman Catholic parish church in Soho Square, London, that features extensive catacombs (that spread deep under the Square and further afield). St Pat's (as it is informally known) was consecrated as a chapel in a building behind Carlisle House on 29 September 1792, one of the very first Catholic buildings allowed in Great Britain after the Reformation.

"The present church building was built between 1891 and 1893, to designs by John Kelly of Leeds,[1] and replaced the earlier and smaller chapel built by Father Arthur O'Leary in the 1790s. The church has an unusual longish shape due to plot constrictions given at that time. The building is constructed out of bricks with a bell-tower. It is Grade II* listed.[2] The main entrance has a Roman-style porch with Corinthian columns. Above the entrance is an inscription: VT CHRISTIANI ITA ET ROMANI SITIS ("Ut christiani ita et romani sitis", i.e. “Be ye Christians as those of the Roman Church”). It is a quotation taken from the writings of St. Patrick.[3]

Sanctuary Detail
"The building was closed for renovation and refurbishment between 28 February 2010 and 31 May 2011.[4] During the renovations, services were held in the nearby Chapel of St Barnabas, at The House of St Barnabas." (Link 1.)

Interior Painting

Photos: Taken by Lena Barko  in November 2017  while living and working in
                 London ,England.  Thank you.
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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

9891 Fourth Street
St. Andrew's Anglican Church

St. Andrew'sAnglican Church
Sidney, B.C.

"St. Andrew's, Sidney, was built and consecrated in 1910. Before that, services were held in a school-house by the rector of St. Stephen's (South Saanich), who continued to hold services in the new church. Prior to 1910, Sidney was served by North Saanich
Mission which had been operating since 1861. In 1912, "North Saanich and Sidney" parish included St. Andrew's, Sidney, and Holy Trinity, North Saanich. The parish was separated on May 29, 1980. St. Andrew's is located at 9686 3rd Street, Sidney  (Link 

Sanctuary with Tutor beamed ceiling

Since it was built the sanctuary with its exposed Tutor beamed ceiling has been lengthened twice. (REF.)Stained glass windows line the front and side walls.

Altar a;nd Rose Window

Rpse Window
Installed December 1988 and designed by the Rector.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bauma Catholic Church

Bauma Catholic Church
Bauma, Switzerland

Bauma is a municipality in the district of Pfäffikon in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland...The municipality after the 2015 merger, had a population (based on 31 December 2016 numbers) of 4,896...As of 2008 there were 864 Catholics and 2224 Protestants in Bauma....


The church with its round window above the three arched front doors, with its side square tower war built in 1903.  It was redone in 1956. (RW)  The sactuary features one central aisle,  open backed wooden pews, a statue, and  decorative window.


The church is located down the street from the railway station.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Hallgrímskirkja Lutheran Church

Hallgrímskirkja Llutheran Church

Reykjavik, Iceland

"Hallgrímskirkja (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈhatlkrimsˌcʰɪrca]church of Hallgrímur) is a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church in ReykjavíkIceland. At 74,5 metres high (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in Iceland. The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614-1674), author of the Passion Hymns.

Interior Sanctuary

"Situated in the centre of Reykjavík, it is one of the city's best-known landmarks and is visible throughout the city. State Architect Guðjón Samúelsson's design of the church was commissioned in 1937. He is said to have designed it to resemble the trap rocksmountains and glaciers of Iceland's landscape.[3][4] The design is similar in style to the expressionist architecture of Grundtvig's Church of CopenhagenDenmark, completed in 1940.
"It took 41 years to build the church: construction started in 1945 and ended in 1986, but the landmark tower being completed long before the whole church was completed. The crypt beneath the choir was consecrated in 1948, the steeple and wings were completed in 1974,[4] and the nave was consecrated in 1986.[1] At the time of construction, the building was criticized as too old-fashioned and as a blend of different architectural styles.[5] The church was originally intended to be less tall, but the leaders of the Church of Iceland wanted a large spire so as to outshine Landakotskirkja (Landakot's Church), which was the cathedral of the Catholic Church in Iceland.[5]
"The interior is 1,676 square metres. In 2008, the church underwent a major restoration of the main tower, and was covered in scaffolding. In late 2009, restoration was completed and the scaffolding was removed.
"The church houses a large pipe organ by the German organ builder Johannes Klais of Bonn. It has electronic action; the pipes are remote from the four manuals and pedal console. There are 102 ranks, 72 stops and 5275 pipes.[1] It is 15 metres tall and weighs 25 tons. Its construction was finished in December 1992. It has been recorded by Christopher Herrick in his Organ Fireworks VII CD and by Mattias Wager on his CD Live at Vatnajökull." (Link)

Photo: Taken  July 2017 by friend Nina Reiniger while on a trip to Iceland with 
                her New York City choir, the New Amsterdam Singers.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Ásólfsskálakirkja in Iceland.

 Icelandic Lutheran Church
Asolfsskali, Iceland

"Asolfsskali is a farm and a church site at the foothills of Mts. Eyjafjoll (The Island Mountains). According to The Book of Settlements, an Irish Christian, Asolfur alskik arrived in Iceland and built his lodgings there first. The stream running past his dwellings abounded in trout and char immediately after his settlement. Thorgeir Bardarson, the ruler of the area, became aware of this and drove Asolfur away out of spite and envy. Asolfur moved further west and a nearby stream yielded no less catch than the first one. Again, Thorgeir drove him away and he moved still further west, where the same happened. This time he had to leave Þorgeir?s domain and Asolfur moved to the farm Ytri-Holmur on the Akranes Peninsula in the West, where he became a hermit. " (Link 2.) 

" You see buildings like this all over Iceland. The walls are corrugated aluminium, painted white, covering driftwood (there are almost no trees on the island). The roof, more aluminium, is red...,600 × 1,200"  (Link 1.)

Tour Poster

Photo: Taken  July 2017 by friend Nina Reiniger while on a trip to Iceland with 
               her New York City choir, the New Amsterdam Singers.
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Sunday, August 27, 2017

St. Laurent Church
3 Rue de Gaulle

Saint-Laurent (St. Lawrence) Catholic Church
Hesingue, France

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Madonna del ghisallo Portland Bicycle Shrine
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
1432 SW 13th Avenue

Madonna del Ghisallo Portland Bicycle Shrine
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Portland, Oregon

"Legend has it that in mediaeval times, a local count was being attacked by bandits when he saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary, and running towards this vision saved him. Thus, the Madonna del Ghisallo became the patroness of travellers. Then, in 1949 a local priest managed to persuade Pope Pius XII to admit her as the patroness of cyclists. Since then, the small chapel (in Italy) has become a shrine to cycling legends, both living and deceased, and provides a memorial to those who have fallen in our sport." (Link 4.)

The Cyclist's Prayer

"The flower-decked bike is the gift of the family and classmates from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in memory of Tracey Sparling." (REF.)  It is referred to by congregation members as "The Ghost Bike".  

Shrine inspired by Death of Tracey Sparling

The Bike Shrine Logo 
(Created by artist Pam Racs)

"The Madonna Bicycle painting is the gift of local artists, Martin Wolfe."

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church is located in downtown Portland, Oregon.  (See Blog Post July 30, 2017.)

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church-Side Door

Note:Suzanne and Alan Wilson attended Sunday worship St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Portland during their May 2017 trip there to meet the woman who was the maid of honor at their wedding-50 years ago.  While at the church service they received a blessing from the priest in honor of their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Note: Suzanne and Alan Wilson's son, Richard-a photographer for "Churches On Sundays"-is a bicycle courier living and working in Basel Switzerland.


Reference: St. Stephen's Episcopal Parish Directory, 2012.
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                 (Blog Post on "Churches On Sundays".
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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)