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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

St. Marys Catholic Church Philothea

I took off after work and went to the Church of Saint Mary's in Philothea. I have no idea on how you pronounce the name. I had never been there before my visit to the church. Like so many of these churches just a few buildings and homes surrounded by farm country. It has been awhile since I have been to any of the Cross Tipped Churches much less a new one. It was nice to be able to take my time. More time than I planned in fact. More on that later. READ MORE ...

I was hoping to get the pictures of the outside before we got the much needed rain we needed. It was really starting to cloud up while I was taking these.

I found this Grotto as I made my way around the church.

Inside I found a very lovely church. I went upstairs in the balcony to get this picture of the altars.

I wonder what idiot photographer left his gear bag in the chair for the picture.

These are just a couple of the stained glass windows.

This altar candle was my best picture of the day.

My other favorite was the processional crucifix with the stained glass window background.

I almost missed this mural on the ceiling.

The Stations of the Cross were small reliefs.

This Pieta was hidden in the shadows. I tried to capture it with flash without killing the shot.

I noticed the cemetery just up a ways from the church. I headed out there for a look and hopefully get a few pictures.

The inscription at the base of the Crucifix Memorial is in German. You're on your own for a translation.

Done and ready to go home I head back to van, only to find my keys locked inside. So I called my wife who would make the 45 minute drive after her meeting finished. So I headed back to the church and took a few more pictures while I waited. I took this picture while I waited on the steps of the church.

I am not a fan of marathon post like this, but it has been so long since I've done one of the churches, I decided to let you have it all at once.


Jeffrey Smith said...

The translation's easy enough if you notice the last line. It's Revelation 14:13, the one that starts "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord..."

the Egyptian said...

Its pronounced flow -THEE -ah , some of the locals shorten it by leaving the ah off the end when in a conversation, usually the old Low German speakers do it

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

Thanks Jeffrey,

It's always nice to hear from you.

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

Thanks Egyptian,

I would have never came up with that on my own.