I have struggled with how to represent the celebration of Easter and Passover in the blog and to recognise the diversity of religions amongst my friends and family. I decided in the end to show you examples of my favourite places of worship. I’ve included a couple of favourite churches chosen by family members. All selected for their beauty and spiritual inspiration.
I have chosen to start with Temple Beth Israel (Alma Road, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria) as I have been there a couple of times and was overwhelmed with the beauty of their windows. And to me windows are a frame for art in its multiple forms. Here is The Pesach Window. Please follow the link for the detailed description.
And a close up to give you some details.
There is a wonderful quote on the Temple Beth Israel site:
They say that our eyes are the windows to our souls. Some say that, through them, we can see the past, the present and the future.
And now turning to a Christian Church. My favourite, and also that of one of the blog subscribers (who is holidaying in Samoa!), is the 9th century little chapel, the Porziuncola located within the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels in Assisi. It is located about 4 kilometres from Assisi, Umbria (central Italy). It was here that St Francis started the Franciscan movement. It is a gem nestled and protected within the very large basilica.
Moving on to the favourite Russian Orthodox Church of one of my adopted children. This is Pokrov, the Russian Orthodox Church in Brunswick East. I love the architecture and colours.
And her Mexican husband loves Our Lady of Victories, Camberwell. Come October of this year (2018) Mary of Nazareth will have been overseeing her flock for 100 years.
And this is an image of the glorious organ and stained glass window as viewed from the nave (photograph by John Maidment, 2006).
As some of you know I have many Sri Lankan friends who are, in the main, Buddhist, though some are Christian. For my Buddhist friends I have chosen the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Colombo I visited some years ago. Located on the water of a lake it makes for a spiritual and peaceful haven.
And for all our Muslim brothers and sisters I have chosen the The Hassan II Mosque or Grande Mosquée Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco. I have also visited this remarkable building and was deeply moved by the experience. And as I love Islamic art I was thoroughly enthralled.
And lastly, my first introduction to the Hindu religion was more than 40 years ago when I had the opportunity to stay with Indian friends in Malaysia. We visited the incredible Batu Caves Temple near Kuala Lumpur. Yes I made it to the top but back then I was very young and fit.
The Hero Image for today is of course the Easter Lily which stands as a symbol for purity, hope, innocence and peace.
Please let me know you favourite place of worship and I will feature it in one of the Blogs.
A Happy and safe Easter and Passover to everyone.