One of the prettiest churches I’ve attended Mass in is the St. John’s Cathedral in Fresno, California.
Established in 1882, the church was designed in a Gothic-Romanesque style by Thomas Bermingham and constructed of red brick. The facade features a triple entry framed by two square towers with spires. Above the entry is a small rose window.
Intricate details and beautiful stained-glass windows adorn the inside of the church. Latin verses are painted on the walls. The carved pews have the look of golden days gone by. The long, high-arched ceiling showcase paintings inside niches reminiscent of the churches in Rome. The stained-glass windows feature Saints and holy images, such as St. Patrick and The Nativity. And the Altar…so beautiful that you can’t help but feel the desire to kneel and worship the Lord!
Then by the front, left side of the church, there is this year’s special: A Holy Door of Mercy!
*Short explanation about the Holy Doors by the USCCB: One of the central components of the Jubilee of Mercy – began on December 8, 2015 (the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) and concludes on November 20, 2016 (the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe) – is that the Holy Doors throughout the world will be opened during this Jubilee year. When they are opened at the beginning of the year, “the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope” (MV, 3. . . ). Since each diocese will have the opportunity to open a Door of Mercy in their diocese, all members of the faithful will have opportunity to make a pilgrimage to their local Holy Door during the Jubilee. This pilgrimage is to be a journey of walking closer with God and discovering “moment[s] of grace and spiritual renewal” (MV, 3. . . ). These doors are symbols of God’s mercy, open to welcome everyone into the compassion of God’s love that Christ proclaimed.
Walking out, filled with Grace, there’s a joyful statue of St. Pope John Paul II – followed by an “Avenue of Saints.” St. Therese, one of our favorite patron saints was one of them! And there was also a beautiful, mini-replica of “The Pieta.”
Leaving the church through the front steps, it was a place you just can’t forget. It was like a gem in the middle of nowhere. I was thankful to have had the opportunity to attend Mass there. I don’t doubt that Angels themselves visit there as much as possible too!
My photos don’t do this magnificent cathedral justice. For better pictures, I urge you to briefly visit their Image Gallery!
So, have you visited any beautiful buildings lately?
And since it’s Wednesday, let’s have a LINKY PARTY!