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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Can you say B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L

I love Churches, 
big or small, 
in the country or
 right downtown,
 but my favorite are the small simple country church's (with a steeple)
 and the large cathedral type (usually Catholic). 

This weekend Rick and I ended up visiting a beautifully amazing historic chapel
 in Downtown LaCrosse Wisconsin.
 It's one of my favorite things to do, 
venture in and learn what I can about it's history,
 all the while gawking at the  beautiful architecture, 
in awe of detail and hugeness of it all.
We had a personal tour from one of the Sisters , 
It was fun having the one on one time, 
asking questions as we traveled through the church building.

 Mary of the angels chapel is well worth a visit, click on the link to read all about it.

It's full of history, beautiful architecture and excellent workmanship.
Looking back at the rear of the chapel, note the pipe organ in the balcony.
Arches and stained glass windows everywhere
Sorry about the poor picture quality, I only had my "point & shoot"

91 feet above us
You just have to see it for ourself...
more than 100 windows of Bavarian stained glass
Did I mention the hand painted walls,
and the hand carved pews

We were able to also visit the Perpetual Adoration Chapel, (not far from the main chapel).
 Since 1878, at least two Franciscan sisters have maintained a 24 hour prayer vigil for the church. 
The silence was deafening, we sat behind the 2 sisters that were praying, 
they didnt seem to know we had entered the room.... no photos's allowed here.
 and last but not least....
the golden harp.... Sister M played a little for us, it was glorious  :)


  1. I am exactly like you--love the simple country churches and the ornate Catholic ones. Where is the country church you feature here? I imagine the doors were locked or you would have taken us inside.

    How wonderful that you got the personal tour of Mary of the angels. Friends of ours recently toured this also and now I understand why they raved about it. My goodness. What a glorious place. And to get that private harp concert was a bonus.

    Thanks for the tour, Jackie. I loved it and you did just great with your point-and-shoot.

  2. The little church was on the backroads up near Lutsen, it's actually on Maple road which is beautiful in the fall. It was a bummer when I found it locked, I did peak in the window, but couldnt see much :/
    I tried to post a video of the sister playing the harp, but I couldnt get it to upload, it was beautiful!

  3. I love Cathedrals! I'm sure you've been to St. Paul Cathedral, if not, go soon ... at Christmas time it is breathtaking.

  4. I have been to the St. Paul cathedral many times but never around Christmas. I will be heading up to the cities in a few weeks, I will definately make time to stop :)

  5. Wow, very beautiful!