Monday, April 28, 2008

St. Pius X, Toledo

So many churches aim at "noble simplicity" and end up with something more like sterility. St. Pius X parish aims at it and hits right on the target. There's an almost monastic air about it. Simple, but dignified.
All of the artwork seems carefully chosen, and every piece is a gem.

I've been wanting to see this ever since I first heard of it. It's one of the saint's zucchettos. Just how many parishes are fortunate enough to have a relic of their patron?
The eponymous saint. Notice the papal tiara and keys on the base.
It's good to see a picture of Bishop Blair in a church vestibule. I like the idea, and it's made even more appropriate since Bishop Blair's episcopal lineage, the line of consecrating bishops, goes back to St. Pius. You'll find the details HERE.
I particularly like the enamelled cross on top.

St. Francis de Sales. Rather a Romanesque feel to this one. The parish is pastored by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, currently by Fr. Dick Morse.
I'll post more pictures and comments later.

1 comment:

Jeffrey Smith said...

Not much wall space in the vestibule at Immaculate Conception. Too many doors. Two three foot high pictures take up what little we have.