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Joseph Howe Drive at the Armdale Rotary, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada             


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Dear Friends at St. James:

 

We thought of you yesterday morning as Wendy & I worshipped at The American (Episcopal) Cathedral and enjoyed coffee hour afterwards(Blvd. George V). The Eucharist was attended by several hundred people. The afternoon we visited the Musee D'Orsay and saw lovely impressionist paintings. The days previous we visited several churches in the city. St. Severin is most moving. Each of the churches displays stain glass and art over many centuries. As I walked the interior of the churches, I realized that there is probably a property committee somewhere that frets over the operation and up keep of these massive ancient buildings. However, when you see among the tourists, people who have come into the church to pray quietly, some looking very burdened down, and that people have been doing such for hundreds of years, it puts the practical in perspective. I was reminded that sacred places cannot be understood only from a practical view point.

 

The visit to the Louvre was very overwhelming. We spent seven hours there! I focused on three displays: Ancient Mesopotamia--the cradle of civilization; The middle ages; and French, Italian and Spanish paintings with biblical themes. From large tapestries to smaller objects like chalices no item is too small to represent the stories of the bible. Wendy & I have, of course, visited all of the sites that tourists come to see here. It has been interesting to talk with folks from North America who have lived here for many decades

 

Blessings,

Rod & Wendy

2009-June-22