Thursday, February 19, 2015

Our visit to St. Dominic's

Gentle Friends, we left the Mission and drove over to the Western Addition.............Here's a little info about the WA......." historically, the Western Addition was first platted during the 1850's as a result of the Van Ness ordinance (The Van Ness Ordinance was the city’s first effort at formal city planning. It included plans to divide land into lots and blocks, out of which sites were to be reserved for schoolhouses, hospitals, fire engine houses, parks, and other public establishments) This large tract encompassed some 500 Blocks running west from Larkin Street (the City's previous western boundary) to Divisadaro.  Hence the name Western Addition.  The area was initially used for small-scale farming, but following the invention of the cable car during the 1870's, the WA developed as a Victorian streetcar suburb.  It survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake with its Victorian style buildings intact"

....... the Parish was established by the Dominican order in 1873, and the current church ( the fourth St Dominic's church), is built in the the English/French Gothic style, was begun in 1923 and finished in 1928......


.... looking up the nave towards the High Altar and Choir.....


.....  the choir with altar, and pulpit and the soaring arches, notice the lovely beamed ceiling ....


... the beautiful High Altar designed by Arnold Constable...... 
with Crucifix and the 12 apostles....


.... looking from the choir back down the nave ....  always some work going on repairing and retrofitting......


.... the stain glass windows are really lovely...... in the north facing transept is this window showing notable Dominican's...  


.......this one is in the south facing transept..... the window shows the Twelve Apostles (as Dominicans)......


......  and one of the three main windows from the Lady Chapel....


.......there are lots of statues and altars, but I thought the Pieta was especially  nice....


........ one of the highlights of St Dominic's is the Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus - the Patron of impossible cases........


































That wraps up today's post - thanks for stopping by, do stop in again!!
 I also wanted to wish you all "Kung Hei Fat Choy!!!"

Take care,
edgar

9 comments:

Frances N said...

So beautiful! I love stained glass windows...could look at them for days!
Thanks for sharing!

Christine said...

Beautiful pics over the last few days!! Thank you for sharing!

Myra said...

Awesome! Thanks Edgar.

Elaine Ross said...

Beautiful pictures! Reminds me of some of the old churches we saw in Scotland last year.

Justine said...

Beautiful photos. I love those windows, the colours are beautiful with the light behind them. What a lovely church.
Kung Hei Fat Choy to you and yours too!

Terri said...

You take such gorgeous pictures!! I love reading your blog! Thanks for sharing.

Pam in IL said...

I'm just catching up and glad to hear that you're feeling better. Love all the photos you've shared. The stained glass windows are beautiful.

diamondc said...

Dearest Edgar: What beautiful pictures you are sharing with us.
The Sanctuary is perhaps the most beautiful Sanctury I have ever seen.
The Tabernacle is so amazing.
How lucky for all the Parishoners to be able to celebrate Holy Mass in this beautiful Church.

Blessings
Catherine

Mary in TN said...

How wonderful. Haven't been on her for a while. What a wonderful welcome back. Thank you so much Edgar to allow us to enjoy these wonderful churches.

Mary in TN