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The Bench Project

All of these painted churches had large grounds beside them, with an additional building or two to support the annual feasts or whatever other activities go on.

There were a couple of people inside the church who’d come there with a guide. I didn’t listen to much the guide had to say, but I did hear her say that the church’s 2017 feast – which usually attracts four or five thousand people* – was cancelled because the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey created some concerns about food safety.

Anyway, I liked the benches and bench project and that one folding chair. And the pile of leaves.

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
High Hill, Texas
photographed 1.12.2018

*In 2000, the population of the town was 116. To put things into a bit of perspective.

to be attached to holiness

And so, after a brief stop at an unadorned Methodist church, I resumed my painted-church tour.

The next one I found was in High Hill, where I found this little altar around the corner from the main entrance, tucked in beside a crooked column. There was a barricade around the altar, so I wasn’t able to examine the things that had been left there. (There were also some other people in the church which sort of…hindered my exploration. If you know what I mean.)

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
High Hill, Texas
photographed 1.12.2018

These breathing shadows

This image brought to mind the same song I referenced yesterday, Celestial Horses by Bruce Cockburn (of course!). The specific lines this calls up are:

Even at the heart of these breathing shadows
You can feel us gathering at the door

St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption
Praha, Texas
photographed 1.12.2018

No Cooks

Since 1855, the church has held the Feast of the Assumption each year on August 15. On the day I was there, it was hard to imagine what that must look like, with thousands of people showing up for the festivities.

St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption
Praha, Texas
photographed 1.12.2018

 

A lot of people live here

In 2015, I took a trip to Nova Scotia, and posted some of the photos when I got returned. A lot of them, though, were held back for a project that I was working on. That project is (I think)(I hope) about done, which means there is a whole set of NS images still to be posted.

And here’s one, a three-shot pano of Hillcrest Cemetery in Lunenberg.

Lunenberg, Nova Scotia
photographed 8.3.2015

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