Sunday, June 22, 2014

Churches On Cathedral Hill

I have shown you St. Peter's Lutheran Church during my series on the Tulip Festival. It is one of two churches here on Cathedral Hill, on the west side of the downtown core. This present incarnation of the church dates back to 1952, but there was a previous location elsewhere downtown. It's designed in the English Gothic style, and features a Casavant organ inside.


For whatever reason, shots of the sanctuary itself didn't come out properly, but these stained glass windows worked. The first is one of several inside, depicting Biblical scenes.


The second features historical figures from the Lutheran church in Canada, as well as landmarks and references to Lutheran work done here.


And this last window is dedicated to music; Martin Luther is flanked by the composers George Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach, both of whom composed extensive sacred music. Luther is surrounded by key aspects of his own history, while Bach and Handel have elements of music incorporated into the glass around them.



The neighbouring church on the hill is Christ Church Cathedral, an Anglican congregation. The current church dates back to the 1870s, though the congregation's roots stretch back to 1832. 


It's also in the English Gothic style.


The high altar inside the sanctuary is impressive.


More from inside Christ Church tomorrow. I'm linking this today to Inspired Sunday. Click on that link for other blogs posting places of religious significance.




34 comments:

  1. Both gorgeous structures! I don't know about the Lutheran Church in Canada, but in the US, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Protestant Episcopal Church are in a union so as one pastor/priest can serve in either body. A step in the right direction, methinks.

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  2. I think the windows are beautiful!

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  3. Very interesting stained glass windows there.

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  4. That is a rather nice collection of stained glass and I love the wooden ceiling!

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  5. I've never even seen a Lutheran church here, much less been inside one. I find the stained glass windows very interesting, aside from being beautiful.

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  6. Stained glass window ARE tricky! Well done!

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  7. Carolyn is Lutheran, and I've been in her church many times. It's beautiful...as is this one!

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  8. I rather like the music themed window.
    Jane x

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  9. @Linda: I am glad those shots inside St. Peters worked.

    @Lowell: I have no idea if that would be the case here.

    @Gunn: those who design such windows do great work.

    @Beth: and more to come!

    @Furry Gnome: thanks!

    @Ciel: so did I!

    @Hilda: I went into two Lutheran churches this time out.

    @Jennifer: they are a challenge to photograph.

    @Norma: thank you!

    @Jane and Chris: so did I!

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  10. THose stained glass windows are really beautiful. Thanks for the information on the "content" as well. It's nice to know the story behind the beauty!

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  11. Stained glass always get my attention!

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  12. I love the photos of the stained glass in St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

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  13. Of course the stained glass is beautiful but what I liked was the old gothic style mixed amidst the modern. Love the old. MB

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  14. Lovely stained glass and what a beautiful spire in that 2nd one!

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  15. Those stained glass windows in the first church are gorgeous.

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  16. @Tex: and more of that yet to come!

    @Halcyon: you're welcome!

    @VP: mine as well.

    @Jan: thank you!

    @MB: it's a nice contrast.

    @Luis: thank you!

    @RedPat: It really does stand out.

    @Sharon: I was pleased those turned out.

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  17. I'm an admirer of stained glass windows. These are beautiful, William.

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  18. At least I can recognize these musicians' names. ;-)

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  19. Lovely! I don't follow churches much but I don't think I've seen an Anglican church on the West Coast; I wonder if this is the roots of our Episcopalian.

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  20. Beautiful. Yes, Kay, the Episcopal Church in the United States is the Anglican Church in this country. I would have to refer back to my history books as to why the changed the name here.

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  21. Love the stained glass! I'd never have thought of Luther, Handel and Bach being subjects in it!

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  22. @Marleen: I thought so myself.

    @Revrunner: if you didn't, I'd have to wonder!

    @Kay: yes, they're one and the same. I used to wonder what an Episcopalian was, since the term's not used in Canada.

    @Mari: I figured you'd appreciate this one!

    @Cheryl: it's quite well designed in bringing them together.

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  23. This is a beautiful church, and I love the stained glass windows.

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  24. I like the look of the old Anglican church in amongst the more modern highrises.

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  25. @Al: so did I.

    @EG: it contrasts nicely.

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  26. Your stained glass window shots turned out wonderfully. I love the stonework in those churches. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Both are fantastic and beautiful buildings. Even the one build in 1952 looks much older. Very nice photos William.

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  28. Wonderful windows! Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  29. Great stained glass window series!

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  30. @Sally: thank you!

    @Pat: I must photograph the original St. Peter's.

    @Tom: thank you!

    @Jose: thanks!

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