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Lucernarium Easter Vigil St. Patrick

Columbus, Ohio.  Holiday weekend with the family.  St Patrick Church.

Easter Vigil  Saturday evening.   The first portion- the Lucernarium.

To photograph a religious ceremony or not.  That was the question.  Someone was firing off electronic flash.Ugh.

I was trying for minimal camera shake. Being unobtrusive. Limit myself to a few shots.

It was really dark.  Just candlelight.  And the light of the bonfire from which they lit the Paschal Candle.



After everyone processed into the church, I stayed back and photographed the lilies on the table with the bonfire in the background.

Dominican Friars in Procession


And Donald and Marlene, Erika’s parents were inside the church a bit of a blur.


A woman in front was a blur, too.


Granddaughter Anna coming into the pew. Then I put the camera away in my bag and zipped it so I wouldn’t try to capture the ephemeral smoke from the incense.

Seven readings and psalms and intermittent prayers after each reading, all the altar candles are lit, the lights come on and as the Gloria is sung, the church bells peal and the sanctus bells ring and ring and ring.

And that is just the beginning…..

Happy Easter.

Snowfall on St. Peter and Paul School

East Liberty, Larimer Avenue.

The empty school sits behind the twin-spired church, the one that’s closed.

I saw the architecture through the snow-

from the lot where I was parking.


Wordless Wednesday

Cathedral of Hope 2

St. Mary of the Mount- Grandview Avenue- Pittsburgh PA

When we were walking around the Three Rivers Arts Festival, I looked up and saw this church on the top of Mount Washington.

The lighting really stands out.

Here are several views to give the perspective.  St. Mary of the Mount

St. Mary's on the Mount





cSt. Mary's on the Mount 3





St. Mary's on the Mount 5




St. Mary's on the Mount 4



A Few More Reflections

You’ve seen some of these if you’ve been a follower for awhile.

Some favorite reflections.  The weekly challenge prompted me to continue to search the archives for a couple of reflections I wanted to share.


swimming ohio state

Swimming at Ohio State Natatorium



penguin reflection

Blue jeans in the glass of the Penguins exhibit at the Columbus Zoo




subway train reflection

From the subway on the way to Coney Island



church reflection

Church reflection in the Thai Kitchen table- Bloomfield









sidewalk reflection

Red lights reflected on the sidewalk- Market Square Downtown Pittsburgh






mail chute  reflection

Me in the Mail Chute at the City County Building.





mary reflection






Mary in NYC with buildings in the sunglasses lenses

jack reflection


Jack’s reflection in a puddle.

Jack and Maura at the Columbus Zoo

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Sunday morning at St.Patrick Church Columbus Ohio with the family.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

Oops.  Between going away for the holiday weekend and my consternation about loyal and regular followers not being able to receive the blog in email, I forgot to do last Friday’s Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background.   Tomorrow there will be another challenge so this one is in just under the wire


This challenge was just that- a challenge.

Flatiron Building












Fishmarket  Chinatown NYC




A class trip picture in Central Park



Eataly Bread making


Breadmaking at Eataly NYC

Horse Eye

The horse’s eye at Booker T Washington Monument Park Virginia





From the giant Lego store- Prometheus









Farm Chicken

Chicken through the fence




Washington Square

Washington Square Park


Church Spire on Bleecker St



A note I found in the back of the room





(Thanks to everyone who wrote and commented about my ongoing frustration that many friends and followers can’t even subscribe to the email to receive it.  What’s up with that , WordPress?  I have tried to send the link or forward the post and they don’t get it either.  AND from three different types of email- mac, yahoo and a virgin gmail account.)

Croatian Church Sign






St. Paul Cathedral at Night- Pittsburgh PA

Oakland section of Pittsburgh. Looked like Europe to me. I was surprised to see it so bright as I guess I haven’t driven this route at night lately.

After the poetry reading at Pitt,  I was driving by last Thursday night and noticed the illuminated facade so drove around the block and photographed the cathedral at night.

The building history is available here.  The date of the building on their website is 1906.

39 Years Ago Today

Happy 39th Anniversary Marlene and Donald! Send me a wedding photo to add to the church shot. My DIL’s parents were married here in Swissvale PA on June 2, 39 years ago today!!



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