Thursday, March 18, 2010

Photos of Saint Patrick of Armagh

I LAST VISITED Saint Patrick's Church in Armagh back in 2006. I revisited yesterday, on the occasion of the Feast of Saint Patrick.

Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Mission, in Armagh, Missouri, USA - exterior

This is a finely-made stone church, constructed around the time of the American Civil War.

Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Mission, in Armagh, Missouri, USA - nave

The church closed as a parish in 1925, but it retains mission status, and has occasional Masses and an annual picnic. The church has no heating, cooling, or electricity. It is lit by oil lamps. During Mass that day, I could see my breath due to the chill which seemed appropriately penitential; Father mentioned that the weather that day was just what you would find in Ireland.

Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Mission, in Armagh, Missouri, USA - statue of Saint Patrick

Statue of Saint Patrick.

Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Mission, in Armagh, Missouri, USA - rectory and cemetery

For more information and photos of the church, see my old posting here.

For details of that day's Mass, see Tina's posting here.

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