17 May 2010

Prayers and Angels

I can't believe it's been an entire year since my sister's passing.
Almost terrifying to think how quickly time flies.

I took the 14th off from work and spent the day in St. Paul. IN particular, I wanted to attend a service at the Cathedral and light a candle in her memory.
While I was there, I took pictures.

The Cathedral at St. Paul was built over 100 years ago. It sits on a hill that almost overlooks the Mississippi Valley.

From the steps, you can see the State Capitol of Minnesota and part of downtown!
State Capitol

A little about the cathedral from About.com
The Cathedral of St. Paul is considered to be one of the most beautiful cathedrals in America. The design is in the Beaux-Art style and was inspired by Renaissance cathedrals in France.

The exterior is Minnesotan St. Cloud granite. The interior walls are American Travertine from Mankato, Minnesota, and the interior columns are made of several types of marble.
Imposing figure

Topping the Cathedral is a 120-foot wide copper dome. A lantern on top of the dome brings the total height of the Cathedral to 306 feet tall from the base to the top of the lantern.

The interior space is no less impressive. As you walk into the Cathedral, watch out for the people visiting the cathedral for the first time. They tend to stop abruptly in front of you to stare at the stunning interior.
Laid out in a Greek cross, the interior is bright and open. Masquery envisioned a Cathedral with no obstructions for anyone attending Mass.

The interior ceiling soars to 175 feet high at the top of the 96 feet wide dome. At the base of the dome, stained glass windows let in light, and more several windows pierce the walls.

A bronze baldachin, a canopy over the altar, honors the life of St. Paul.

Although the Cathedral's design was inspired by ancient French cathedrals, it has modern conveniences, like electric lighting, and heating. Heating a place like this can't come cheap, but it's sure to be appreciated by the congregation on winter days.
Inside the Dome

Inside there is a replica of Michelangelo's The Pieta.
I loved seeing this statue in Rome, so it was almost as if it was a familiar friend...
The Pieta

I am almost transfixed by her hands...

While I was taking a picture, a woman knelt down the pray. It was odd, but I found the scene extremely peaceful.
Praying with the Pieta

I love Cathedrals. The St. Paul Cathedral has a sister building in Minneapolis called the St. Mary's Basilica. I'm making sure to do a trip there soon.

Most of all, I felt it was a good place for me to take time to remember my sister... she would have loved getting to take picture herself of this place.
Candles for prayer
A Candle for Serena

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