Monday, September 5, 2011

Get Thee to the Church: St. Luke's, Ocean City, Maryland

Looks can be deceiving. St. Luke's might be the most nondescript-looking Catholic church I've ever seen (well, except maybe St. Mary's in Blacksburg, before they moved into their newly-built one which is beautiful inside and out. I hope to get in there for some photos on a future visit.) I wasn't sure what I would find when I went through the doors--would it be as sterile and colorless as St. Mary's used to be?

Nope.

Since St. Luke's was only a five-minute walk from our condo, I decided to stroll over for their 9 am weekday Mass on Saturday morning. (My family was happy about that, because they didn't have to put up with me wandering around snapping photos before and after Mass on Sunday.) I loved the sunburst window right behind the altar.

There was no lack of statues here. (The one of Mary was beautiful but I forgot to take her picture. DOH!)

Does anyone know which saint this is? I'm clueless.

There were a number of statues placed in front of windows.


I always snap a photo of my favorite Station of the Cross: Station IV, Jesus Meets His Mother. It's become a habit.

Outside by the flagpole is a memorial to fallen soldiers. Each statue represents one branch of the armed services.

For more about St. Luke's, click here!

I posted a few photos and thoughts from our visit to Ocean City on Friday; click here to see those.

Tomorrow Larry starts high school and it's the first day of preschool. You might not hear from me for a while; although I hope to update my Cooking Nick's Books blog this week. Last night we returned from a whirlwind weekend in Baltimore for the first ever Indy Car street race there; I might be sharing some of those memories here soon. Happy Labor Day!

6 comments:

  1. Sharon, the mystery statue up there is St. Paul -- my eldest son's patron saint. :0) He's always shown with a bull and an open book, since he's one of the four evangelists. St. Paul rocks! :0)

    ~ Lisa (at "Are We There Yet?) who apparently can't sign in on the Google account for some strange reason. :0/

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  2. AH, yes, I think I've read that before. We have a new image of St. Paul in our church with an open book; I should take a closer look at it to see if there's a bull there too. Sorry about not being able to sign in; that's happened to people before (including me). Not sure why.

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  3. The four evangelists are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The four of them did have their respective symbols. The one with the bull is St. Luke.

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  4. The four evangelists are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The four of them did have their respective symbols. The one with the bull is St. Luke.

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  5. Hello Sharon, I was looking for the Ash Wednesday schedule for all the local churches today and noticed your blog. My name is Cynthia Gallagher and I designed, fabricated and installed the Stained Glass "SUNBURST" window. I have a picture that depicts the sparkle and colors a bit more, if you would like me to send it to you, I would be happy to share it. The inspiration actually came from the Pastor, Fr. Richard Smith. He described to me what he wanted to see. I designed three renditions for him and he chose this one. In 2009 the church was completely renovated. There was only a wall behind the altar before the renovation. For 29 years I have been creating stained glass for churches. I now work throughout the US visiting churches in need of restoration and new window design. My passion for the art of stained glass windows, comes from my love of Jesus.

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  6. Wow, Cynthia, I'm excited that you found this post! The window certainly is beautiful, as is the entire church. I would love to see a more detailed picture of the window. Would it be OK with you if I shared it sometime on my new blog? I don't write on this one anymore, my new one is http://eatingslowly.wordpress.com/. I don't have many chances to update it, but I post there from time to time. If you'd rather not have me share any of your photos that's fine, but I'd love to see them anyway! :)

    Thanks for visiting!

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