Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Church by the Side of  the Road
"The Church By The Side Of The Road"
Topsail, Newfoundland

Topsail is located on the east coast of  Newfoundland, south of the city of St. John's.  It is on Conception Bay and  part of the Conception Bay South Community.

The Church by the Side of the Road started in 1837 as a Wesley Methodist Meeting House.  The land was donated by the Butler family and is situated overlooking Conception Bay. A 30 foot by 18 foot building was erected from local timber by the community in 1836.

In 1871 a larger building with 2 rooms was erected to accommodate the growing congregation.  This is when it was named The Church by the Side of the Road.

In 1925 the church joined the United Church of Canada.

In 1977 another new church building was erected.  This larger church contains the original brass bell from the old church.

On 2002 another room was added to the back of the church.  This area includes a kitchen and new offices for the clergy. (Link 1.)

Photo: Copy of photo in Reference book.
Reference: NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, deVisser/Blackwood, 1979. 
                       (Used book bought at the North Vancouver B.C. Restore by Alan
                         Wilson  2017.)
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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

 St. Sofia Orthodox Church
Baselstr. & Gladiolenstr. 2

St. Sofia Orthodox Church
Munchenstein, Switzerland

Munchenstein is a small town south of Basel.

"All the Greek-Orthodox churches in Switzerland belong to the Metropolitan (bishopric) of Switzerland.  Bartholomew's Archontoon is the Ecumenical Patriarch. In 2002, he also laid the cornerstone of this church..., making it the spiritual center of the Greek Orthodox Church in northwest Switzerland.

"The first ideas for the construction of a church of its own originated in the late 1980s. 

"The total area of ​​the property is about 1000sqm and the building height is 14m. The foundation was laid on January 19, 2002 and the church was inaugurated on October 12, 2002, after ten months of construction. The total cost - almost 9/10 of the total (was)  donated  .
Just behind the Tramlinie and the traffic circle of the Baselstrasse, you can see a building that is easily recognizable as a church: a tower through which arcuate openings can be seen, carrying a cross; A main building with a dome, almost as tall as the tower and also crowned by a cross; An arcade at the entrance; The wrought-iron fence with a recurring Christmonogram, the property borders the Trottoir along the traffic of the roundabout and the Quartierstrasse. 

Wrought Iron Fence

"Concerning the interior of the church,
  • The iconostasis, carved from oak, was handcrafted in Athens and finished after seven months' work in 2003.
  • The murals , which always have a specific theme from the traditional Orthodox tradition, were first painted on cloth by a Greek monastery in Megara and then placed in the designated places.
  • Among the items made in Greece are the candelabrum, the hand-carved bishop's chair, the pulpit, the wall chairs, the remaining chairs, the silver oil lamps, the candlestick and the candle stand with integrated smoke exhaust as well as all the liturgical devices placed in the altar room.
  • The double eagle on the marble floor once symbolized the power of the emperor and that of the patriarch.
  • The dome is decorated according to the orthodox tradition, with the representation of the Christ- Pantokrator surrounded by angels in half-figure. His right is raised to a blessing of blessing, while in his left hand he holds the Bible, which, according to orthodox understanding, symbolizes the glad tidings of the Gospel and the commandments to be derived from them. Old Testament prophets as well as the evangelists are also depicted. The first proclaimed the coming of the Savior, the evangelists made known His work of salvation. Thus the unity of the two testaments is emphasized.
  • In the calotte (cap) of the apse in the altar chamber, the enthroned Mother of God is depicted with a child - called the Platytera - accompanied by angels. The presentation of Mary, which is based on tradition, is intended to illustrate the role of mediator between God and man, which is guaranteed by Jesus as the savior of the world, but also emphasize the position of women in the Orthodox Church. This is also emphasized by the figure of the Annunciation of Mary above the apse, which is to be completed next year, together with other themes from the divine Oiconomy .
"Finally, the mosaic of the deceased Lucerne artist Fred de Roy (1911-1995) is located in the church hall on the lower floor of the church . (Link 1.)


Photos: Taken in April 2017 on iPhone by RW while  living and working in
                 Basel, Switzerland.
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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

St. Roch Cemetery #2
1725 St. Roch Avenue

St. Michael's Mausoleum Chapel
St. Roch Cemetery #2
New Orleans, Louisiana 

St. Michael's Mausoleum Chapel

"Located in the St. Roch neighborhood of New Orleans, this cemetery was established as St. Roch’s Campo Santo by Father Peter Leonard Thevis, pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in lower New Orleans. Construction of the cemetery, modeled after the Campo Santo dei Tedeschi in Rome, began in 1874. In 1876, the chapel was completed and dedicated, the cemetery opening on the feast day of St. Roch. The eastern section of the cemetery (St. Roch Cemetery No. 2) was added in 1895 across Music Street." (Link 3.)

Chapel Statue

"One of the best cemeteries (and still free) to visit! St. Roch was the patron saint of dogs and miraculous cures. In cemetery #1 you'll find the National Shrine to St. Roch where those ailed by the inability to walk, or prosthetics, were cured. Their crutches, braces and medical walking boots are abandoned here inside the small locked room inside the shrine. The floor of the room is lined with bricks imprinted with the words "thank you" and people have tossed coins in thanks inside the shrine as well. Cemetery #1 includes beautiful Stations of the Cross as well. 

Chapel Altar

"In cemetery #2, you'll find more modern mausoleums and so many flowers! Clearly the residents of this graveyard have abundant perpetual care. This cemetery also includes some very intricate and breathtaking mosaics of biblical scenes.

"Walled ... cemetery. ... entry gates and above ground crypts. " (Link 2.)

"The public gate to this block square cemetery is on Music Street . The exterior appearance is much more mixed than the older Sain Roch's Campo Santo 1 and the red sheet metal gates for the service entrance behind the main mausoleum seem almost jarringly out of place."  (Link 1.)

Prayer Before a Crucifix

Photos: Taken in April 2017 by Suzanne's daughter, Amy, while visiting 
                 New Orleans.

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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

St. Paul Lutheran Church
       2624 Burgundy Street

St. Paul Lutheran Church
New Orleans, Louisiana

"... first Protestant German church, St. Paul Lutheran, founded in 1840. The congregations included artisans, shopkeepers, farmers, dairymen, and the settlers of Milneburg." (Link 1.)

Church Plaque

"First German Lutheran Congregation of New Orleans (1840)
Originally: German Orthodox Evangelical Congregation of New Orleans and Lafayette
Formerly: First German Lutheran Congregation of New Orleans
Presently: St. Paul Lutheran Church." (Link 2.)

Pastor Sans came to New Orleans in 1840 and put an ad in the German newspaper that an evangelical church service would be held in the fire house on Chartre Street the first Sunday in August. Regular services were held after that.  In 1843 property was bought for a church to be built under the name of German Orthodox Evangelical Congregation of New Orleans and Lafayette.  The church that was built of flat lumber had a 75 foot steeple. (LInk 3.)

"The first organ installed in this church, according to the OUSCDB database, was a3 manual, 4 division Hinners organ dating to the early 1900's.  The present organ was installed in 1970." (Link 2.)

National Register Plaque

Photos: Taken in April 2017 by Suzanne's daughter, Amy, while visiting 
                 New Orleans.
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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

                                                                                                 April 23, 2017

Camp Santo
St Roch Cemetary #1
1725 St. Roch Avenue
Camp Santo
St. Roch Cemetary #1 
New Orleans, Louisiana 

Cemetery Gate

"The cemetery and chapel also have a wonderful genesis myth all their own; as the Greater New Orleans website explains:
"At the height of the yellow fever epidemic of 1867, a German priest named Rev. Peter Leonard Thevis arrived in New Orleans. Faced with the severity of the yellow fever epidemic, he turned to God invoking the intercession of St. Roch, the patron of good health. He promised that if no one in his parish should die from the fever, he would erect a chapel in honor of the Saint. Amazingly, not one member of Holy Trinity died from yellow fever, either in the epidemic of 1867 or 1878.

Cemetery Cross

"In thanks, Rev. Thevis’s conviction was to build not only a chapel as a shrine to St. Roch, but also a mortuary chapel in a last resting place for members of his flock. The cemetery was called the Campo Santo (resting place of the dead). Rev. Thevis traveled to Europe to study the architecture and construction of many beautiful shrines and chapels before building the chapel. The chapel, completed in 1876, was considered a beautiful example of Gothic architecture.

"People came to the shrine in large numbers to ask St. Roch for help in cases of affliction, disease and deformities. At one time, the celebration of All Saints Day attracted thousands of people to the Shrine seeking guidance and help for themselves and others in distress. A small room on the side of the chapel holds a number of offerings left by visitors to the chapel. The tradition was to leave accouterments of the illness or disability (including, in the past, eyeballs, crutches, and false limbs!) in gratitude for recovery.
"Another New Orleans tradition related to St Roch that took place for many years is that on Good Friday young girls made a pilgrimage to St. Roch’s chapel because of a local legend, which promised a husband before the year was out to the maiden who said a prayer and left a small sum at each of nine churches. It was considered doubly lucky if St. Roch’s chapel was the end of the pilgrimage.
"The neighborhood got its current name in 1867 with the dedication of the St. Roch shrine and cemetery. St. Roch Chapel and Cemetery are a very important part of the history of the St. Roch neighborhood. At the height of the yellow fever epidemic of 1867, a German priest named Rev. Peter Leonard Thevis arrived in New Orleans. Faced with the severity of the yellow fever epidemic, he turned to God invoking the intercession of St. Roch, the patron of good health." (Link 1.)

Photos: Taken in April 2017 by Suzanne's daughter, Amy, while visiting 
                 New Orleans.
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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

                                                                                                  April 9, 2017

                                                              San Xavier Mission

San Xavier Mission
South of Tucson, Arizona

"Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. It was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino[1] in the center of a centuries-old Indian settlement of the Tohono O’odham (formerly known as Papago), located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River. The mission was named for Francis Xavier, a Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order) in Europe. The mission was built at a site near the historic 1700 church first constructed here. This served the mission until being razed during an Apache raid in 1770.

"Detail of the facade on the front of the church/t The "rope" theme carries throughout the church."PY
"Today's Mission was built between 1783-1797; it is the oldest European structure in Arizona; the labor was provided by the O'odham.[1] Widely considered to be the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States, it hosts some 200,000 visitors each year.

"Here is a close up of the painted door. — at San Xavier Mission Plaza." PY
"The site is also known in Tohono O'odham language as the “place where the water appears,” as there were once natural springs in the area.[4] The Santa Cruz River, once critical to the community's survival, now runs only part of the year.

"The wall is painted to create a bit of an optical illusion. Originally this was also painted on the floor. "PY
"The Mission is a pilgrimage site, with thousands visiting each year on foot[5] and on horseback, in what are called cabalgatas in Spanish.

"Not large, but incredibly beautiful. It has been called the Sistine Chapel of \North America." PY

Nickname(s)“The White Dove of the Desert”

"San Xavier Mission was established in 1692 by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, founder of the chain of Spanish missions in the Sonoran Desert.
"The artwork above the Altar." PY
"San Xavier has an elegant white stucco Moorish-inspired exterior, with an ornately decorated entrance. Visitors entering the massive, carved mesquite-wood doors are often struck both by the coolness of the interior and the dazzling colors of the paintings, carvings, frescoes and statues. Its rich ornamentation displays a mixture of New Spain and Native American artistic motifs.
"Ceiling of the dome." PY
"The floor plan of the church resembles the classic Latin cross, with a main aisle separated from the sanctuary by the transept, which has chapels at either end. The dome above the transept is 52 feet (16 m) high, supported by arches and squinches. At least three different artists painted the artwork inside the church.[citation needed] It is considered by many to be the finest example of Spanish mission architecture in the United States.

"Beautifully intricate paintings. The coloured paint was either created from local plant pigment, or was shipped from Spain." PY
"The Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
"Angels and "rope" everywhere." PY
" San Xavier is still actively run by Franciscans, and continues to serve the Native community by which it was built. Widely considered to be the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States, the Mission hosts some 200,000 visitors each year.[1] It is open to the public daily, except when being used for church services.

"More of the colourful artwork." PY
"The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, who have taught at the school since 1872, continue with their work and reside in the Mission convent.[1]
"The San Xavier Festival is held the evening of the Friday after Easter and features a torch-light parade of Tohono O’odham and Yaqui tribal members." (Link.)

Photos: Taken in March 2017 by Patricia Young (friend at St. Timothy's 
                 Anglican Church, North Vancouver) while traveling through 
                 the South West U.S.A.
Photo Comments: By Patricia Young.

God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

                                                                                                                              March 26, 2017
St. Josep Catholic Church
(Google Image)

St. Josep Catholic Church
Rheinfelden, Switzerland

"Rheinfelden used to be roman-catholic until the schism of the 1870s Then the majority of the residents decided to join the newly founded christian-catholic church and the medieval church St. Martin in the town center became one of the centers of this new denomination.

"Das Himmlische Jerusalem"

Painting  Detail

"It took ten years for the remaining pro-Roman catholics to find a place and the budget to build a new church. In 1882 the old church St. Josef was inaugurated. In 1948 the church was dismantled and rebuilt at almost the same location just a few steps outside the medieval town wall east of the historic center.


"The church is a frugal building with a freestanding bell tower. At the left side is has a community center as an annex that was added in 1976.


"Famous pieces inside the church there is a large painting in the chancel by Johannes Hugentobler called "Das Himmlische Jerusalem" and a wooden statue of St. Anna from around 1500." (Link.)

St. Anna

Floor Panel
Photos: Taken by RW while living and working in Basel Switzerland.


God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)