Showing posts with label CHURCHES. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CHURCHES. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chapel on the Rock, Colorado

While we were on YET another scenic road during our western trip in June (Scenic Highway 7, Colorado),  we passed by one of the neatest little churches ---and of course,  I shreaked--and made George turn around to get some pictures!!!  Isn't he nice??????? (He'd say 'hen-pecked'--ha)

We were south of Estes Park --on our way toward Boulder, and came to a little town  (hole in the road) named Allenspark, CO.   On the side of the road sat a gorgeous little rock church.  AND--there was a wedding going on that afternoon!!!!!   Holy Cow---I was ready to attend... WELL---since I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt,  I'm not sure they would have let us in.  BUT--we could at least drive around and get some pictures.  That's what any good photographer would do!!!!! Right????

We didn't even know the name of this church ---but thanks to the wonderful internet,  I was able to find out all kinds of great info.  Seems as if there is a Catholic Camp nearby (Camp St. Malo).  The founder of that camp,  Monsignor Joseph Bosetti had the idea of bulding a chapel on the site.  In 1916 he and two friends observed a falling meteor during the night and in his search for the remnants the next morning,  he came across a large rock.  The beauty of the land inspired the priest and he remembered Jesus' words to Peter: "Upon this rock,  I will build my Church". (Matthew 16:18).

Bosetti prayed for 20 yrs. for funds to build the chapel.  During that time,  he found himself in a battle with the Colorado Highway Department which had plans to dynamite the enormous piece of granite to both widen and straighten the curve in the road.  Eventually Msgr. Bosetti won the battle and years later,  when the chapel became a reality, it was reported that a group of engineers who laid out the road came to the dedication and thanked him for his perseverance.

The chapel was designed by Denver architect Jacques Benedict.  The Malo family donated the funds for the building of the chapel and paid for its maintenance for decades.  The chapel was dedicated by Archbishop Urban Vehr in 1936.  It's name is St. Catherine of Siena---but is known as the Chapel on the Rock.  The picture above---taken from the internet --shows how they built this chapel on that huge rock... Amazing, huh?????

In 1993,  Pope John Paul II visited the chapel during his trip to Denver for the World Youth Day and bestowed his personal blessing on the chapel.  Over the years,  thousands of visitors have stopped as it is framed against majestic Mt. Meeker.  In 1999,  Boulder County designated the chapel as a historic site.  The Chapel on the Rock is truly a Colorado landmark.  I am SO glad we found it and took pictures that day.

Hope you enjoy my pictures.  All are mine except the first one (I wanted to show you the ROCK).  Hope you enjoy seeing this adorable little chapel... Wouldn't it be SUPER to have a wedding there?

The bride and groom are coming out to greet us.  Wasn't that nice of them?

These last two are my favorite pictures because you can see Mt. Meeker in the background.  However,  the sun was RIGHT in my face ---so I managed to get some sun spots... Oh Well---I was just thrilled to see this church and note that the bride and groom were standing there JUST for us!!!

What a beauty!  I have one more picture (which of course was my favorite).  It showed the snow on the mountains to the right in this picture---BUT the sun glare on the picture really distorted it.  SO --hopefully,  you will enjoy all of these and just imagine the snow on the tops of the mountains.... Isn't that bride and groom standing there just awesome?  (I got lucky to get these!!!!)

Hope you took time to read about how this chapel got its name (even though I'm sure the post is 'wordy')... I just think it is SO interesting.  We certainly do find some NEAT places during our travels. As I've said many times,  get off of the interstates --and enjoy the 'real' world!!


Friday, September 3, 2010

Primitive Baptist Church, Cades Cove, TN

On our visit to the Smokies on August 27, we visited Cades Cove, one of our very favorite places in the Smokies. To find out more info on Cades Cove, check out one of my recent posts by clicking HERE. In that post, I showed a map of the 11 mile loop road around the cove. You will find where the Primitive Baptist Church is by looking at the map (number 3 on that map).

Today I will share pictures with you which we took at the Primitive Baptist Church that Friday. As you can see by looking at the sign pictured above, this church was established in 1827. A log building served their needs until this one replaced it in 1887.

Here is a picture of the outside of the pretty little church, taken as we walked around the cemetery beside it. As you can tell, there were quite a few other visitors here on this day also. It was a gorgeous day to be visiting Cades Cove.

The church closed during the Civil War. Official church correspondence after the war explained it all: "We the Primitive Baptist Church in Blount County in Cades Cove, do show the public why we have not kept up our church meeting. It was on account of the Rebellion and we was Union people and the Rebels was too strong here in Cades Cove. Our preacher was obliged to leave sometimes, and thank God we once more can meet."

Here is a picture of the inside of the little church. I just sat down for a few minutes and thought about the early settlers in the 'cove' who attended worship here.

As much as I love seeing churches, I also love visiting old cemeteries... I usually look for the oldest dates on the tombstones I can find. What I found fascinating here were the fancy tombstones, ------------ and...

... the 'not-so-fancy' ones... Made me wonder who is buried here....???

There is a walkway which visitors have to stay on --in order to see the tombstones in this cemetery. The walkway went all of the way around the cemetery... I took this picture of George, who was on one side --and I was on the other. Like me, he was checking out the information on the tombstones.

George found this tombstone of John Oliver and his wife Lurena , who were the first permanent white settlers in Cades Cove. In an upcoming post, I will show you the John Oliver cabin.

I worked hard to get one photo of the church without people in the picture.... And I did it....

Hope you enjoyed our tour of the Primitive Baptist Church in Cades Cove (Smoky Mountains, TN). If you ever get a chance to visit here, you would love it. If not, I encourage you to read some of the stories of the early settlers in this area. There are several books written about Cades Cove, and you can find lots of info on the internet... It is so fascinating, and is our HISTORY. (WARNING though: IF you visit in October, the traffic is bumper-to-bumper!!!)

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend. We have no specific plans yet ---but I'm sure we will grill some brats on Monday, and I'll make some 'tater salad and some of Betsy's Baked Beans!!!!!! We may have some delicious corn-on-the-cob also!!! Other than that, we won't do much 'laboring' on Labor Day!!!!!! ha

Have a fabulous weekend, and I'll blog again on Tuesday morning.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Painted Churches in Texas

As I look back on my life, one thing that I remember from my twelve years in Texas is visiting the Painted Churches. We took almost every visitor we had to see these gorgeous little churches, west of the Houston area. I don't know how many times we visited this area -but it was SEVERAL times.

Research says that there are about 20 of these little churches--but we only visited about 5-6 of them near Schulenburg in Fayette County in the Texas Hill Country (Dubina, High Hill, Ammonsville, Praha, etc.). These little churches --dotted on the country hillsides--- were built by 19th century immigrants, mostly German and Czech. We found it breath-taking as we drove on the little country roads, especially when we would go around a curve or up a hill and see those gorgeous churches with their steeples standing tall throughout the little communities.

These churches were called the "Painted" Churches because when you entered the sanctuary---you would see all kinds of bright paintings, exuberant murals, and TONS of color all around. The wooden columns and baseboards would shine like polished marble in shades of green and gray. The stained-glass windows were incredible. Each of the churches told a story---a story about a people striving to succeed in a new country and yet still preserving the values and culture of their homelands.

If you ever get to Texas, be sure and check out the Painted Churches. They are truly awesome.. The picture above was typical of all of them---showing the color and elaborate designs. The picture above was from St. Mary's Catholic Church in High Hill. This church was built in 1906 and painted in 1912. Below are a few more.

I show you this one so that you'll see just how 'ordinary' these little churches look like from the outside. BUT--when you go inside, WELL----all you can say is "WOW".

The inside of one of the churches

The inside of another one of the Painted Churches

One of the gorgeous stained-glass windows

Here's a close-up of the ceiling area in one of the churches. When they say "Painted"---they really mean PAINTED all over!

Here's one more close-up picture of one of the churches.

You just have to see these churches to believe their beauty. I have many more pictures--which need to be scanned. SO---I'll post more at another time.


Friday, October 2, 2009

Christ Episcopal Church, St. Simons Island, GA

While on our Anniversary vacation in June of 2008, George and I visited several historical areas on St. Simons Island, GA. After I posted pictures from Epworth-by-the-Sea, blogger friend CAROL reminded me how beautiful this church was. SO, today I am sharing pictures from Christ Episcopal Church on St. Simons Island.
The first English settlers arrived on St. Simons Island on Feb. 22, 1736, and after breakfast joined in reading the Litany with the Rev. Benjamin Ingham. During the years 1736-1766, services were conducted by both Charles and John Wesley and George Whitfield. These ministers were ordained clergymen of the Church of England by whom the Episcopal Church in the United States was planted and nurtured.
The first church on the present location was erected in 1820 and the congregation worshipped in it until the outbreak of the Civil War. This church was destroyed during the Civil War. The Rev. Anson Green Phelps Dodge, Jr. rebuilt Christ Church, Frederica, following the war as a memorial to his first wife, Ellen. The church was consecrated in 1886.
The present church building is cruciform in design, with trussed gothic roof. Stained-glass windows, given as memorials, commemorate incidents in the life of Christ and the early history of the church on St. Simons Island.
The graveyard beside the church is very interesting since many of the early settlers of the area are buried there. The picture above is of Christ Episcopal Church. Below are more pictures.

George stands beside the sign telling about Christ Episcopal Church.

Note the steeple, with Live Oak trees all around. Some of the oldest and largest Live Oaks are in this area of the island.

The beautiful graveyard beside the church contains many of the famous names of St. Simons and Georgia history. Included here is the grave of famous writer, Eugenia Price. If you haven't read her books, do so!

It was so much fun reading the tombstones. There's so much history in this graveyard. The oldest gravestone dates begin in 1803.

I even found a Bruce marker... Hmmmmm---wonder if we are kin??????

I even found an Elizabeth B. Bruce tombstone. Since my name is Elizabeth B., seeing that tombstone was 'spooky'... (NOTE: My name is Elizabeth Bruce Banks though instead of Elizabeth B. Bruce.)

We took a tour of the inside of the church. Part of the present altar is from the altar of the 1820 church. We sat and listened to a fabulous guide (member of the church and resident of the island) speak about the history of the church. VERY interesting!

The church is small; however, there is a very large congregation--attending worship services at various times throughout the week.

The beautiful stained-glass windows were given as memorials, and one of them was attributed to Louise Tiffany. Some of the windows commemorate incidents in the life of Christ.

This beautiful window shows the original Christ Church AND the present Christ Church. Amazing!

Here's one final picture of the outside of Christ Episcopal Church. This church is the 2nd oldest Episcopal Church in Georgia --and the 4th oldest church in the state.
I'll show more history from St. Simon's in future blogs. This is an incredible island --and if you love history, read Eugenia Price's books. AND--visit the island. (Maybe Carol will give us a review of Eugenia's St. Simons books.)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Epworth-By-the-Sea, Georgia

While on our Anniversary Trip in June of 2008, we visited St. Simon's Island. One place we visited while on this gorgeous island was Epworth-By-the-Sea, a United Methodist Conference Center. Wow---what a beautiful place!!!
First we saw the Lovely Lane Chapel (one that is pictured above) which is the oldest church building on the island. This little church (they say it seats 150) was named after the site of the 1784 Founding Conference of American Methodism in Baltimore, MD. You will enjoy seeing our pictures of this little chapel. I read where many people get married there---and I certainly can understand why.
After seeing the church, we just walked around the grounds. The Live Oak trees are so beautiful, in addition to the fountain, the Prayer Tower, the Gazebo and the dock--looking out at the Frederica River. Hope you enjoy our photos of Epworth-By-the-Sea.

This is the inside of the Lovely Lane Chapel. They say it seats 150--but to me, the people would be very crowded.

The stained glass windows in Lovely Lane Chapel are amazing. These memorial windows feature John and Charles Wesley and Francis Asbury, all very prominent men in the United Methodist Church.

I am sitting at the lovely fountain at Epworth-by-the-Sea. The fountain and area around it is called Waters Garden.

George is admiring the huge Live Oak trees on the grounds at Epworth.

The grounds were immaculate. What a wonderful place to sit --and retreat--away from the hustle and bustle of life! That is the Frederica River in the background.

This is the Prayer Tower at Epworth-By-the-Sea.

George stands in the gazebo at Epworth-By-the-Sea.

Wouldn't it be fun to have a picnic under the Live Oak trees???? We took TONS of pictures of the Live Oaks.

Finally, this is the picture we took as we were leaving Epworth-By-the-Sea. The Live Oaks and that beautiful Spanish moss were hanging over the roads. Beautiful, isn't it???? I could spend an eternity in a place like this!!!!