Thursday, December 28, 2006

Midnight Mass from St. John Cantius

Thanks to a reader who has the joy of going to this fine parish in Chicago for taking these photographs of midnight Mass, as celebrated in the beautiful church of St. John Cantius, by Bishop Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago.

I was amazed to see some of the architectural details that can be found in this church, down to rather art nouveau looking lamps over doors. It always strikes me as well how impressive evening liturgies are when not illumined by overpowering artificial light, but rather candlelight, or lighting which approximates its qualities. It seems to me the Orthodox, particularly the Russians, seem to have this sense of evening worship down.

Particularly impressive looking is the liturgy and high altar. I should like to see some video of a liturgy from this church some day.

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