Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Sanctuary Of Lightness

St. Clement is a bilingual Catholic parish that makes its home in the St. Anne Catholic church in the Lowertown area, a heritage designated sanctuary dating back to 1873, one of the few surviving examples of the Quebecois style. The parish has taken up its residence here in recent years, after the local archbishop suggested the use of the previously closed church. It's an exquisitely beautiful church, particularly inside, where the interior feels light and airy, with gorgeous stained glass. I was passing by one Sunday in August, looking for a nearby location that features into children's literature. I noticed the service was over, and I popped in for a quick opportunity to take some photos. I have linked this one up over at Inspired Sunday.


  1. the interior is really beautiful!

  2. A very welcoming place to think a little.


  3. I love the windows and the organ is magnificent.

  4. Those stained windows are always so beautiful to look at.

  5. It's gorgeous inside William. Quite pretty for a church.

  6. Those interior colors look like the buildings in Italy and Russia. So light and delicate!


  7. That is a very pretty sanctuary with the pale green walls and white trims. Beautiful!

  8. absolutely gorgeous inside. so lovely. ( :

    1. hey, thanks William ... i was wondering if you would link up with us ... always glad to have ya ... you share the greatest stuff. have a nice day. guess it is evening now. ha. ha!!! ( :

  9. This church has a nice light interior, I think, and the stained windows are beautiful again.

  10. An impressive and beautiful building!

  11. @Tex: it is!

    @Tomas: I do think so too.

    @Debs: the original artists who did those windows really did such beautiful work.

    @Marianne: they are. It takes such skill to create even one.

    @Dianne: I was quite surprised... I'd passed by this church on occasion, but never saw the interior.

    @Janis: I can see that similarity!

    @Pamela: it's quite a contrast with Notre Dame, which I'll be finishing this series with.

    @Beth: thank you! I'll have to add this one to the Sunday page before I'm done today.

    @Norma: I quite agree!

    @Jan: thank you!

    @VP: that's what I thought.

    @Nancy: it certainly is!

  12. Your description is very accurate. It is very light and airy because so many other churches are very dark. Some congregations put a lot into the stained glass.

  13. How lucky that you got inside! It is lovely - so glad it is being used for worship again!

  14. arches in ceilings, windows and rooms are so appealing.

  15. @Red: this one certainly did!

    @Marleen: very much so.

    @Jackie: so do I.

    @RedPat: it's a good use, having a congregation here.

    @Tammie: they certainly are.

  16. Lovely light interior and what an interesting spire...

  17. Beautiful stained glass, lighting, architecture and ambiance!

  18. The second and the last pictures look like a French Catholic church in the north part of the Adirondack mountains.

  19. The title is so appropriate. Beautiful and the stained glass fabulous.

  20. A arquitetura é maravilhosa
    O tom da pintura é uma carícia e um aconchego. Transmite paz
    E os vitrais são esplêndidos. Uma pintura muito bem elaborada
    Lindas fotos amigo
    Uma boa semana
    Um abraço

  21. Yes, the interior does look light and simple.

  22. This is refreshingly beautiful. I like the light and the pastel color.

  23. Looks nice curch and it is very beautiful inside.

  24. That is a peaceful church to visit, looks beautiful

  25. What a beautiful church. I love the columns and arches!

  26. Wow, you've been photographing some beautiful churches. The last shot has a great sense of space.

  27. @Geoff: definitely!

    @Whisk: they stood out to me.

    @Linda: I agree.

    @Tom: this one is a beauty.

    @Mari: thank you!

    @Gracita: thanks!

    @Jack: it felt that way.

    @Kay: I did too.

    @Orvokki: I agree.

    @Cloudia: very much so.

    @Bill: it definitely is.

    @Susie: I did as well.

    @Cheryl: it certainly is.

    @EG: very much so.

    @Jose: it really is.

    @Linda: it does!