Wow!! Another 78.07 miles walked! Surely some folks need new shoes!
On the way back to St. Luke’s, there is one more church to visit.. St. James in downtown Baton Rouge. It too, has a rich history..
“The church’s modern Gothic Revival exterior is softened by a muted pink brick and brownstone and is accented by terracotta decorations. It was completed in 1895 under architect W.L. Stevens, Sr. and contractor W.H. Miller.
Inside the sanctuary, a hammer-beam ceiling rises over an interior of pine and cypress.
A halo of three original Tiffany windows, created by the Tiffany Studios site located in New York, encircle church altar and features the Angel of the Resurrection surrounded by Easter lilies, encircled by two images of the Garden of Gethsemane.
Louis Comfort Tiffany famously worked with glass, metalwork, pottery and furniture. His stained-glass windows were renowned for their creativity and craftsmanship, and he produced them for churches, institutions and homes from 1877 and well into the 1920s.
The windows were delivered to the church in February of 1910. William Connell, a vestryman and prominent attorney, was granted approval from the Vestry in 1909 to donate the windows in honor of his wife and mother-in-law, Eleanor Garig Connell and Elvira Doughert Garig, respectively. They were formally dedicated in 1910, on Easter Sunday.
All Tiffany glass was personally manufactured, and his trademarked mottled glass appears in the Angel of the Resurrection design.
The chancel is surrounded by Gothic Revival lancet panels, created along with the building in 1895. Thirty-three of the 36 panels were filled with the woodworking craftsmanship of the Rev. Joseph L. Tucker, who worked on the project from 1900 to 1906. The remaining three panels were completed by his son, Rev. Louis Tucker, who finished the project with the help of the youth group he formed upon his arrival to St. James, where he was called to succeed his father as the new rector.”
Thank you for participating in this “virtual” prayer walk. I hope that you, too, have enjoyed visiting these churches that are steeped in history. This section of Isaiah comes to mind as we return home, and pray for our families, friends, city and country:
“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion— to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.”
Please enjoy this video of these verses>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzypaenKC_M
Stay safe and healthy,