Monday, April 13, 2009

Blessings Over Broadway

From the Ne York Times-

ON a bustling stretch of West 46th Street near Seventh Avenue, nestled among pubs and ethnic restaurants, sits the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, an Episcopal neo-Gothic structure completed in 1895.

Many passers-by and even neighborhood regulars barely notice the place. But once inside, visitors are transfixed by its jewel-box interior, adorned with flickering votives, dramatically lighted statues, gilded paintings set in little niches and a ceiling painted deep blue with golden stars.

New York is filled with hundreds of such places, relatively undiscovered churches that provide havens of solitude during a busy work day or an escape from the harsh realities of a troubled economy. Midtown alone is home to dozens.

On West 37th Street just off Broadway is the Church of the Holy Innocents, home to a classic Old World Roman Catholic parish. The main altar is graced with a monumental fresco by Constantino Brumidi, celebrated for his paintings in the United States Capitol in Washington.

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