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The painted churches of TX
« on: January 23, 2018, 10:49:31 AM »
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  • We are planning a trip to east TX in the spring to visit family and will be passing through the prairie/lakes area of TX.  I see a listing of the "painted" churches but I'm wondering if some are more worth the time than others.

    Has anyone toured them?  Or done the Texas Independence Trail?

    Offline Neil Obstat

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    Re: The painted churches of TX
    « Reply #1 on: January 23, 2018, 12:54:44 PM »
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    Be forewarned to avoid any of these, called painted churches (photos from Denver, CO):
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    Watch out for "Elevationist" and International Church of Cannabis. (Cannabis is the Latin name for marijuana.)
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    Re: The painted churches of TX
    « Reply #2 on: January 23, 2018, 03:29:06 PM »
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  • Oh my gosh :facepalm:

    No, the painted churches in TX were originally constructed by the Czech and German immigrants late 19th, early 20th century.  The pictures I have seen are beautiful.  Although they are NO now they have been maintained/restored to their early beauty.

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    Re: The painted churches of TX
    « Reply #3 on: January 23, 2018, 04:08:26 PM »
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  • I once read where St. Philomena's chapel, that St. Damian of Molokai restored was painted in bright colors.

    Damien’s ministry, understandably, had quite an effect on his flock. As more converts were made, the pews of the small wooden structure overflowed and by 1876, the "west wing" or "transept" was added to Saint Philomena to accommodate the growing congregation. Damien is also said to have painted the interior and exterior in a variety of bright colors to suit Hawaiian tastes.



    The Sisters of St. Francis of Syracuse, New York who came to work on Molokai not long before the Saint's death reported that the chapel paint job made it look like a "Chinese shop", which had surprised them.

    No doubt, St. Damian had identified closely with the suffering souls on the island of Molokai.

    While bringing them the Faith and the Sacraments, he also constructed their caskets and helped bury almost 2,000 of them during his time there.

    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi

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    Re: The painted churches of TX
    « Reply #4 on: January 23, 2018, 04:15:46 PM »
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  • I think the most popular ones to see are nearest to Schulenburg. There are two "St. Mary's" in High Hill and Praha that would be good places to start.
    "If I could only make the faithful sing the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus and the Agnus Dei ... that would be to me the finest triumph sacred music could have, for it is in really taking part in the liturgy that the faithful will preserve their devotion. I would take the Tantum ...


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    Re: The painted churches of TX
    « Reply #5 on: January 25, 2018, 07:32:49 PM »
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  • I have seen all the popular ones, but by far, the nicest actually painted one I've seen isn't even listed here:
    http://www.klru.org/paintedchurches/churches.html

    The one I like is north, nearly to oklahoma, in Lindsey, tx:
    https://stpeterlindsay.org/photoalbums/st-peters-interior

    It's small, but gorgeous paintings.   Enjoy your trip.

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    Re: The painted churches of TX
    « Reply #6 on: January 25, 2018, 09:46:02 PM »
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  • I have seen all the popular ones, but by far, the nicest actually painted one I've seen isn't even listed here:
    http://www.klru.org/paintedchurches/churches.html

    The one I like is north, nearly to oklahoma, in Lindsey, tx:
    https://stpeterlindsay.org/photoalbums/st-peters-interior

    It's small, but gorgeous paintings.   Enjoy your trip.
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    Thank you for the links, Fanny.
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    These remind me of the colorful interiors in some of the old California Missions. Much of their original colors have been lost due to age and corrosion but some chapels have carefully restored the wall painting patterns and colors.
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