Coming from the church of St. Brigid – St. Emeric this procession in honor of the Peruvian saint Martin de Porres took a glacial pace around the block. Men dressed in purple took turns lifting and swaying this apparently very heavy devotional object decorated in gold and silver. Martin was the illegitimate offspring of a nobleman and a former slave, born 1579. He was canonized on May 6, 1962, by Pope John XXIII. Sunday May 5 was the last day of his 50th anniversary year. He is the saint of interracial harmony. Amazing music from Banda Armonia del Peru, which seems peppered with some jazz hipster session players.
Saint Thomas Church at 53rd and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is an Episcopal church in the Anglican tradition.
I got to photograph the interior of the newly reopened St. Brigid’s Church on Avenue B.
The stained glass windows are especially striking. They all depict winged angels and saints.
These are the windows over the entrance on Avenue B.
The windows are beautifully done, and tasteful, there were no naked souls burning in purgatory like they had in my childhood church in Philadelphia. But the dull expression on their angel faces is a bit disturbing, they all looked bored, not even a sly smile on the musician angels.
Father Jomar Legaspi. I wish I hadn’t resorted to flash for the photo.
I didn’t notice them while I was there live, they are painted a color not to be obtrusive, but these cables stretching across the breadth of the church must be vital to keep the walls from going wide. The church was in danger of collapsing, before the renovation.
St. Brigid’s Church on Avenue B at 8th Street. The church is open again and fully renovated after almost being condemned for being structurally unsound. Today was the first public mass being said in the renovated church.
This is the first time I’ve seen the stained glass windows with light behind them.
The line to get in went way down 8th Street.
A party was being prepared in the basement.
EV Grieve has been covering the story of St. Brigid’s for a while.
A fire broke out in front of the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church on East 3rd Street. When I first arrived I heard sirens nearby and assumed that help was on its way. But those trucks were arriving, responding to a call just one block south of the church.
Shortly afterwards another guy dragged a garden hose from across the street, and that brought it under control. The tree in front of the church got scorched but it should survive.
EV Grieve has some details.
I poked my camera through the shed door to get this pano of the doors.
St. Mark’s Church, noted for its political activism and experimental theater has been undergoing restoration on its West Yard garden.
St. Mark’s Historic Landmark Fund