Thursday, August 6, 2015

Distinctiveness In Pure Simplicity

St. Joseph's is an Anglophone congregation here in Ottawa, one that is partnered with a neighbouring Francophone Catholic church, the Eglise Sacre-Coeur, which was also founded by the Missionaries Oblate. I photographed there before the weekend, and should be posting those shots later in the month. There is a video of the fire that burned the second church, as well as archive photos at the church's website featuring the original and the second churches, among other items.

29 comments:

  1. That first shot is especially pretty. This looks like a wonderful space!

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  2. The first photo is so beautiful.

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  3. Pretty presentation in the first photo and love the layout in the last photo.

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  4. The fabric is an unusual addition

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  5. Some really beautiful pictures!

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  6. At least, even if you cannot participate, you can enjoy the architecture. I wonder what will happen to these old buildings. The one for sale in Franktown has sold.

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  7. The first photo is very interesting and unusual, I wonder what's the meaning.

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  8. Catholics and Protestants are now getting along? Imagine that.

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  9. St Joseph's is a gem William and as you say not too overly ornate.. the windows however are amongst the prettiest I've seen.

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  10. What a gigantic church. The grand piano looks tiny compared to the sanctuary.

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  11. I particularly like the angle of the last shot--it really captures the interior well!

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  12. @Kay: I certainly thought so!

    @Orvokki: thank you!

    @Gemma: I was pleased by how these shots turned out.

    @Mo: yes, it must have had a purpose. I`m not from a Catholic background, so I don't know if there was a specific occasion.

    @VP: thanks!

    @Jennifer: there's another church not far from this one that's now up in the air. I spoke with someone on the Civic Holiday working to save it from being torn down for development and put to new uses.

    @Karl: I took these shots back in June, so it was too long after Easter to be linked to that, unless it had to do with Pentecost.

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  13. @Birdman: in this day and age, yes, but in this case, they're both Catholic churches. It's a French and English thing.

    @Nancy: I certainly think so.

    @Grace: the designers of the stained glass in here really did great work.

    @Linda: I thought so myself.

    @Tex: me too.

    @Red: yes, that's true!

    @Meradeth: thank you!

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  14. Nice shots! Kind of strange to hear about a protestant church partnered with a Catholic church!

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  15. I really can't figure out where the altar is. Love the stained glass of St Therese - probably my favourite saint.

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  16. It's beautiful.

    Loved the link to the old photos, thanks. At first it was in the middle of nowhere!

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  17. I do love these old churches!

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  18. That's the key William simplicity, no need to overdo it..

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  19. @Norma: thanks!

    @Cheryl: I now find myself wondering why people are making that connection...

    @RedPat: which reminds me, there's a church dedicated to her not that far from this one. I've never photographed it.

    @Tomas: thank you!

    @Ciel: I should have thought of adding it yesterday- I added in the links this morning, and they were quite helpful.

    @Halcyon: me too.

    @Geoff: one of these days I really have to photograph inside Notre Dame. It's completely different.

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  20. Nice photos! Is that gold leaf on the sculpture or just paint?

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  21. Nice shots, William, I love the calmth and serenity in this church.

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