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I know I’ve mentioned in passing my love of old churches. No trip is complete without one. Or two. Given my lack of religious upbringing, I used to feel awkward in churches. To be honest, I was always pretty happy/relieved when the doors didn’t slam shut as I approached and a booming voice (in my head, it’s totally Gandalf, given the words) stating, “You..Shall..Not..Pass.!!”

Now, however, I feel at home. Perfectly at ease and peaceful. If it’s a Catholic church, I light a candle for my dad. I’ve even lit one recently (in NY) for my mom, too, even though she wasn’t Catholic. For me, it’s a lovely moment of peace, love & devotion. If they are less than happy, they are invited to come scold me. Seriously, mom and dad, bring it.

This photo is from St. Patrick’s Chapel, which is a tiny little building on the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey. It was a sanctuary from the rain, the tourists and the world. And, for one small moment, I was alone with my parents in England. Take care!

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15 thoughts on “PHOTO FETISH FRIDAY

  1. I so agree. There is nothing like the feel and sanctuary of an old church, no matter your religion. When I get to go into one I am suddenly more at peace. The stress seems to melt away. It may be because I focus on something bigger than myself and the day-to-day struggle. That’s what it’s all about, right? I hope so anyway. And your parents are always with you no matter where you are.

    • That’s a lovely way of seeing things, Kathy, and I agree. For me, it also has something to do with the actual “space” created by the architecture. Maybe I took too much Architecture and Art History in university!! πŸ™‚

  2. beautiful, beautiful, so serene. the part I hate ( i know, thats a strong word) is all the hymns and that creepy organ… On the flip side thank you my friend for sharing the lovely picture without the sound! LOLOL!

    • Did you miss the part where I said I never went to church growing up?? Hymns? Creepy organ? What are those? Lol!! To re-phrase, I like old, empty churches! xOOx

  3. LOL at the Gandalf voice.
    Even though you claim to not have any religious upbringing, Sarah, you have captured the true purpose of churches–” For me, it’s a lovely moment of peace, love & devotion.” Thank you for sharing. ///bow///

    • Thanks, Kozo. I see we’ve moved from hugs to bows, Grasshopper…. Snatch the pebble from my hand… And here all this time I thought you were the master, oh wise one!! xo

  4. Churches are amazing places – I’m not religious but their peaceful atmosphere is so calming and somehow inspiring. And even if it might sound creepy, I get the same peaceful and calm feeling on graveyards – especially here in Sweden graveyards are much more like parks, with people in summer lying in the grass, even making a picnic or just enjoying a quiet moment. πŸ™‚

    • It doesn’t sound creepy to me at all! Some of my favourite places are cemeteries and you’re right – the sense of peace and calm is the same. I have to admit I’ve never been to one that was used as a park though! I’ll have to come to Sweden. That actually sounds so lovely that the space would be used by the living as well! πŸ˜€

  5. Lovely photo and touching little story πŸ™‚ I do like the small, cosy chapels as well, that one looks very charming!

    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚


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