Thursday, March 03, 2011

Photos of Saint Joseph Church, in Louisiana, Missouri

HERE ARE PHOTOS of Saint Joseph Church, in the Pike County town of Louisiana, Missouri. Located on bluffs high above the Mississippi River, and part of the Diocese of Jefferson City, this church is about 85 highway miles northwest of Saint Louis.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Louisiana, Missouri, USA

The parish was founded in 1865, and the beautiful church features a rare decorative roof. The parish is named after Saint Joseph, foster-father of Our Lord Jesus, husband of the Virgin, and patron of the universal church.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Louisiana, Missouri, USA - front door

The front door.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Louisiana, Missouri, USA - nave

The interior of the church. The pews are angled somewhat towards the center. Artistically, the church features a decorative ceiling and fine stained glass windows. I didn't use a tripod for these shots, so these pictures are bit blurry.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Louisiana, Missouri, USA - tabernacle

Tabernacle of Our Lord, surrounded by eucharistic symbols of wheat and grapes, and below woodworking tools of Saint Joseph and the fleur-de-lys of Saint Louis.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Louisiana, Missouri, USA - stained glass window of the agony in the garden

One of the windows behind the altar — the agony in the garden of Gethsemane.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Louisiana, Missouri, USA - stained glass window detail of the Crucifixion

Crucifixion.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Louisiana, Missouri, USA - stained glass window detail of Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Louisiana, Missouri, USA - stained glass window detail of Saint Louis IX

Saint Louis.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Louisiana, Missouri, USA - confessional

The confessional.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Louisiana, Missouri, USA - sign

Louisiana, Missouri, USA - street view

A view of the street near the church. Louisiana was founded in 1817, and was a prosperous river port. Many Victorian homes are preserved here.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Louisiana, Missouri, USA  - exterior from a distance

A view of a the church from a block away. Turning the camera around, we get this view:

View from Riverview Park, in Louisiana, Missouri, USA

The Mississippi River from Riverview Park. This beautifully scenic region is favored by many artists.

Address:
508 North Third Street
Louisiana, Missouri 63353

5 comments:

  1. I wonder if the crucifixion window had been damaged and repaired, did you notice the color differences?

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  2. What a simple and beautiful church! The windows are a treasure along with all the architectural detail. I suppose they removed their high altar, side altars and communion rail years ago, moving the tabernacle to the side and the presider's chair behind the altar. That's unfortunate, but otherwise a wonderful church.

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  3. Kestral,

    That is my fault. Usually I correct for the color of the light, but I was in a hurry and didn't do that. Some windows had the setting sun illumining them, making them yellower, others just had skylight, which would make them bluer in color. I suspect the frame elements of all the windows were the same white color.

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  4. This was the Church of my childhood. I still think it has the most beautiful Stations I've seen at any church. The flowers on the ceiling used to be a light blue.

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  5. This is the Church of my childhood. I still think it has the most beautiful Stations I've seen at any church. The flowers on the ceiling used to be a light blue color. Lovely, lovely space.

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