Monday, January 21, 2008

Why I Love NYC

So, a week ago, Libby gets a call to do a recital at a school named Blessed Sacrament on W. 70th Street. We were not familiar with the church or school, so it was all a surprise. We thought we might visit the church on our way out, after the recital. As it turned out, we parked on the block with the church (71st, back to back with the school) and figured we'd take a shortcut through the church itself, since it was about 26 degrees outside! We passed through the dark Gothic doorway which is modeled after a Vatican doorway by Rafael, and...

Gasp!!






It was stunning! High altar (with a bare, cold "People's Altar" in front of it), communion rail, tabernacle front and center...architecture, inside and out, that is so very Catholic. I would definitely put it on the list of great churches to visit when studying architecture.

4 comments:

Mary Vitamin (Helen) said...

By any chance, was this the church of St. Vincent Ferrer?

I was awestruck by that church when I stopped in a few years ago.

MacBeth said...

No, Helen...we drive past St. Vincents on our way to drop off/pick up Libby in the city, but we have not stopped in. I guess I'll put it on the list...the facade always intrigues me.

Anonymous said...

Oh I just love finding hidden treasures!

Molly(heavennotharvard)

Moonlight in Vermont said...

It is beautiful. We usually stay a few blocks from there when we go to NYC. We've been going to St. Patrick's Cathedral but we've gotta go there next time;)