Thursday, March 24, 2016

Holy Thursday visit a Church

There is a custom to visit one or several churches on Holy Thursday.
Here are a few you may not have seen before.

10 Churches in Savannah, Georgia

Christ's Church is considered the Mother Church of Savannah. The church was founded in 1733, the current building was built in 1838. It was in the previous Christ Church that George Washington attended services while he was in Savannah. in 1791.

First Congressional Church

First Baptist Church (1833) the oldest original church building in Savannah

First African Baptist Church (1859) is the home of the oldest continuing black congregation in America. This church was built by free African-Americans and slaves that were allowed to work on it after their normal work hours. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Independent Presbyterian Church

Second African Baptist Church

Unitarian Universalist Church is the location where music director James L. Pierpont served as music director in 1853.  He wrote "One Horse Open Sleigh", later to be called "Jingle Bells".

Wesley Monumental Church was built as a monument to John and Charles Wesley, who are credited with founding the Methodist movement. The cornerstone was laid in 1875. The first floor was occupied in 1878 and the second floor and sanctuary were not completed until 1890.

Beth Eden Baptist Church

 Temple Mickve Israel (1878) this is the only Gothic style synagogue in America.

St. John's Episcopal built in 1853 as an expansion to Christ Church.  It is known for it beautiful sounding bells.

Cathedral St. John the Baptist construction began in 1873 ans was completed with the spires in 1896, nearly destroyed by fire in 1898 and rebuilt in 1899.

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is the only church that I went inside.  It is beautiful as you can imagine.  I also took a picture of the statue of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini. Verifying it was hr statue I learned she is the patron saint of immigrants.  She must be a busy lady.

This week is a very special and Holy Week for Christians around the world.  It is also a humbling time with the recent attack in Brussels. May we stop and pause to remember and pray for those people who lost their lives and their families. It should not be considered the "new normal". 
It is not normal. It is heartbreaking.

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