Saturday, October 25, 2008

St. Raymond of Penafort in Fairfax Station

This is a new Catholic Church in Fairfax Station in Fairfax County. It has a French saint's name: St. Raymond of Penafort. Jack and I liked the beautiful stain glass windows that this new church has. It looks like in time the church architects plan to add more stain glass windows to this church. This church is located on Pohick Rd, right off the Fairfax County Parkway.

The outside has an Italian look with the bell tower to the right.This is a side wall of the church. Notice down low are the Stations of the Cross. And this is the sanctuary and alter. As we walked towards the alter we could hear the large organ above and behind us begin a beautiful hymn. They were practicing for a wedding ceremony later in the day.
This is looking towards one of the side transepts of the church. This picture makes me think of my book club's book for next month: The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett which is the story of the building of a cathedral.
This is the beautiful rose window that you face as you leave the church. Click on the photo to see the details. Have a blessed Sunday. Pray for peace in the midst of these turbulent times.

And now that we have been to church this morning I can give the answer to the farm question I posed yesterday under my one blog post for Saturday. (The one where Jack and Jack are watching the cow get milked.) What is the difference between Sunday going to town overalls and every day overalls. Everyday farm overalls were dark blue to not show the dirt while Sunday going to town overalls were a snappy blue and white stripe.

2 comments:

Linda Reeder said...

Well, another connection! I just finished reading "Pillars of the Earth"! In our travels in Europe we always include cathedrals. and we have seen the greatest in England, Norway, Germany, Austria, and Northern France. But as grand as they are, sometime the old village churches, surrounded by their church yard burying grounds are the most wonderful.
Another wonderful cathedral book is "Sarum" by Edwards. We visited the site of this ancient ruins outside of Salsbury, England.

fishing guy said...

Joann: It looks like you have a new friend. It's always neat to make connections. I love the stained glass shots the best.