Monday, December 8, 2008

Monday church blogging

These are photos of Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Bishop Clumber's domain. The outside was cleaned for the city's 250th birthday celebration or so I was told.
Below is the inside front. I hesitate to call it an altar space or a chancel. It is more like a stage. The big wooden blob on the right is the organ console. In the middle are three chairs behind a table. There used to be a screen with choir pews behind. Except for the huge dangling cross which I think is over the railing in front there was no other cross on the table or elsewhere that I saw. I wondered how one honors a cross hanging from the ceiling. The thought was amusing.
There are national flags hanging from the back balcony. I learned the difference between the Australian flag and the New Zealand flag. There are also two smaller balconies in the transepts. Bach Choir sang from those in two choirs.
The pulpit is not this odd color - I need to figure out why my camera takes such odd colored photos. It is not colorful at all. It is on the right side. There is no eagle on the lectern on the left.
The baptismal font which is to the right of the pulpit definitely is colorful. At least that is what I assume it is. There is also a huge granite thing of water in the center in the back. You can see it in the photo above. The colors on the font are much more startling in person.
This is a chapel in the back.
This railed off chapel is in front to the left of the stage.
And this is what is behind the three chairs and table on the stage. I suppose other cathedrals have the bishop's chair in the middle. Ours doesn't. My first thought was - it is a throne. Move the stuff in front and the bishop can be worshiped. Clumber has a better view.

2 comments:

+clumber said...

Actually, I'm leaning towards replacing the cathedral chair with either an LL Bean dog bed or perhaps a Lay-Z-Boy recliner. The space is wonderful for its acoustics - my bark is very resonant in the space, with perhaps a 2 second hang time from start to end... now if we can just clean up all the places the last old dog "marked" in here. I'm thinking some of that enzyme based stuff would be most effective.

susan s. said...

The 'throne' in our cathedral is on the side in the front of the Quire, Just in front of the organ console.I don't think I've ever seen a chair so overblown!

I know it's not what all that wood above the seat is, but at first I thought it was a baldacino.