With my extra time home this week, I was able to attend Daily Mass one day, a rare to never treat for me on a WEEKDAY! I was running a little late to make our regular church Mass so I opted for the 30 minute later Mass at the church we attended when we first moved here. It’s now a Basilica and is a lovely, old church with high ceilings, lovely stained glass, statues of various Saints, Blesseds, Christ, Mary and more. The church commands reverence when you enter and the acoustics lend to a deep resounding message. It was a blessing to start my day there the other day; I hope you enjoy the pictures and my effort to fluff up my iPhone camera with some editing.
From the side street view. The upper cupola was destroyed during the 2004 hurricanes and replaced a few years and dollars later.
Baptismal font. Not built into the floor like the one in N. Florida that my friend’s sweet son fell in after Mass one beach vacation. True story.
Pews from the back, but LOOK at those columns and archways. Be still my heart, I could spend HOURS in here!!!
The main aisle to the altar.
One of the side alcoves and scenes: The Dream, The Exodus.
The Holy Family statue and prayer candles, flanked by stunning stained glass.
Jesus statue, prayer candles and more amazing stained glass.
We are enjoying Spring Break here, and it’s been a lovely week with truly amazing weather; this IS the reason people come to Florida’s beaches. I’ve taken three days off (back to work today) with the kiddos and it’s been fun. Coincidentally, our church had it’s Lenten mission this week the EXACT days I was off. The speaker, Father Richard Leonard, a Jesuit priest from Australia was truly inspiring. He had the perfect blend of history, theology, lightness, seriousness, delightful personal anecdotes with hilarious impressions of friends and family as well as a deep, strike-your-soul, baritone song and sung prayers. (I’m sure I’ll blog (hopefully) later this week about the mission, however, I’m still processing the three days.) The talks were at 9 in the morning and repeated at 7 in the evening and since I was home, I hit the morning mission and hubby hit the evening ones. Since I was home with kiddos, I brought varying children with me each day and on the second day let my 8 yo daughter play with my phone, as she was losing interest in the talk. I enjoyed her vantage point of the church and small glimpse into her view of the church.
Feet resting on the kneeler
Always fascinated by the organ pipes
Our seats "up close" to see better..(though this vantage point has room for improvement!)
Is she interested in which hymn we are singing next or the Exit?