I am counting down the days till spring and I am already enjoying the longer days. Today I took advantage of this after work and visited 4 churches. Two new ones and two revisits.
I didn't go inside on my first visit to St. Nicholas. At that time I was just planning on taking outside pictures and featuring only those churches listed on the Ohio Byway. Today I stepped inside and found a few surprises.
While I was taking this great window lit portrait of the statue of Mary I had the uneasy feeling I was being watched. I took a quick look around the church and didn't see anyone. It wouldn't have been the first time I startled someone in the choir loft.
Then my eye caught St. Therese (The Little Flower of Jesus) looking right at me. I composed and snapped my picture and checked my display. When I saw her eyes staring back at me on my LCD screen I must admit I freaked just a little.
Closer inspection revealed that St. Therese had glass eyes. This was the first time I had found this in the churches in our area, or noticed it at least.
This statue of St. Nicholas looks remarkably like the St. Nick of my youth. The resemblance made me do a little Google research. I found this website a good read.
St. Nicholas (Discovering the truth about Santa Clause)
WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS
The church held yet one more surprise for me. Do you see anything different in this picture of Jesus Crucified.
This is also the first time I've seen Christ Crucified with four nails. I had to Google this and found according to Gypsy folklore the four nails were the norm but a gypsy stole one of the four to be used in Christ Crucifixion. The first time I had heard that story too.
You can read more about it here: Nails of Crucifixion
I am really glad that I had another opportunity to visit and tour this church.