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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Welcome to Egypt

Located just a few miles outside of Minster on State Route 364 is Egypt. Not much there but St. Joseph Church, built in 1887.



There I met with David (The German Egyptian) be sure to check out his blog. His family originally owned the land that the church now sets on.



It was great meeting and talking with David. He had some great history on the church. Unfortunately my senior brain doesn't hold much, so I am hoping to get back with David, with pen and paper at the ready for the next post.



The above picture is one of my favorite side altar shots. The church was full of great photo opportunities. And as usual I flubbed some of them. I will definitely be coming back for a re-shoot.



There was this great stained glass window with Mary and Joseph fleeing to Egypt that will have to wait until the next post. However I was real happy with the way this one of the Institution of the Eucharist came out.



Both David and I thought the expression on Jesus' face in this one was rather interesting.



This church has plenty of stained glass windows big and small. This one of Jesus praying in the Garden in one of my favorites.



I'll close with this window that I found very interesting. To me it looks like Mary, Baby Jesus, St. Therese, and Veronica's veil. Not sure how to connect the dots on this one.



Click the link provided by Maria for the Story of St. Therese. It explains the window quite well. Little Flower

Look to see Return to Egypt in an upcoming post soon.

Related Links:
The German Egyptian

4 comments:

Kevin Hammer said...

That last window is really unusual. I think the saint on the left is St. Therese (the Little Flower). Her full religious name was "Sister Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face" which might explain the images.

Russ Martin (AKA "Steeple Chaser") said...

Thanks Kevin,

As usually you are the sane voice in the desert. I find your explanation to be a good one.

Maria said...

I would say it is pretty definitely St. Therese.

The roses falling from her hand and below would be symbolic of the following quote from her:

"After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven doing good upon earth.", etc.

Here is a link that explains the meaning and story behind it:
http://www.littleflower.org/abouttherese/learn/FAQs.asp#7th

Russ Martin (AKA "Steeple Chaser") said...

Thanks Maria,

Thanks for the great story and link. I think so much meaning gets lost as the years pass with the symbolism in some of the stained glass windows. It helps you appreciate the art and the message the artist had in mind if you have an understanding of the history of the people they portray.