Taking in Life Around Me.....#Sundaystills....Theme: Sacred Spaces
This #sundaystills challenge is hosted by Terri from Second Wind Leisure. It's a great themed photography challenge that you'll enjoy. I love seeing the other participants interpretation of the theme each week...it causes me to think outside the box. I joined in hopes of it pushing me to get out and take more photos...I have to some degree, but I also like that Terri is okay with us finding photos in our archives, which is also a lot of fun. So check out my photos and then head over to Terri's page to participate or visit other's posts. There are some awesome contributors who always inspire me.
This weeks theme is Sacred Spaces.
What does sacred mean? Wikipedia says it is something that is dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity; is considered worthy of spiritual respect or devotion; or inspires awe or reverence among believers.
Many people think of a church building when they think of sacred spaces, but to me, a sacred space, a sacred moment is anywhere that I feel the presence of God, Jesus, Holy Spirit. It can be in a building with 4 walls, but more often it's in my home, it's out in nature, it's playing outside with my grandkids, it's in my car.
The whole inhabited earth is sacred space in which God lives, breathes and acts. ~Carter Heyward
My own spiritual journey began almost 40 years ago (wow). I'm thankful for where it's brought me, but it hasn't been a cake walk, especially the last 10 years when we stepped out of the 4 walls of the church. So, much of what I feel are sacred spaces, now, are outside those walls. When my kids were little and we had to stay home from church because of sickness, so often I felt like I was missing out, when in reality being with them is just as sacred as being elsewhere.
Your mind is a sacred space. Choose carefully what you allow to enter there.
With that all said, I LOVE church buildings, old, and I suppose new, but old ones captivate me. They are so beautiful, so I will share some from our trips. I was a bit disappointed that last week I meant to drive around the town where my daughter lives and take a few photos of some older churches there, but then totally forgot!The above photos are what I would consider sacred moments/places, just as much as the ones I'm going to share below.
This is St. Ann's Stone Chapel in Kennebunkport, ME. It was consecrated in 1892. More than 100 years passed before major restoration work was required. It is beautiful both inside and out and is an active parish. In the summer, there is an outdoor summer chapel that faces the water. You can read more about the church here.
here for the history of the building. Sorry I don't have any outdoor photos sadly.
Outside a church in Como, Italy. This one did allow inside photos.
The Basel Minster, in Basel, Switzerland was originally built in 1019 and 1500 with a Romanesque and Gothic styles. It was destroyed in 1356 by an earthquake and then rebuilt.On our way to visit Ausserberg, Switzerland, we spied this old chapel on a hill. How fun it would've been to try to get to the top. I didn't get anymore information on it, and wish I had.
Here is it's history.
All of the remaining photos are throughout our drive through all the NE states and I don't remember where, and since I'm so short on time, I can't really go through and google them, though it's always fun to do so. So, I hope you just enjoy the photos and architecture.
With Joy Unquenchable,
Good grief, you have a giant collection of churches, Kirstin! Some of your facts about the number of chapels in Venice and in New York City were fascinating. I agree with you in finding solitude and worship out in nature. God's creation is perfect although humankind's attempts are pretty close! I think my favorite inside and out is the St Anne's Stone Chapel. Talk about being surrounded by nature, with all that would and stone. Beautiful. Of course, who can resist the amazing European churches? Amazing tour!ReplyDelete
Thanks Terri....I can't believe I forgot to go back and check comments...haha. I love old churches.Delete
That's really joyful for me read your blog I'm feeling so peaceful after that. Please never stop that blogging. I want to read all of your blogs.ReplyDelete
Such beauty in these magnificent churches!ReplyDelete
"Your mind is a sacred space. Choose carefully what you allow to enter there."
Thank you Sandi!Delete