Sunday, October 09, 2005

The majesty of God

In the heart of Old Quebec City stands the Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral. It is a gem of architecture and artistry. I am not a Catholic, but as a believer in God, I had to appreciate the majesty and splendor that the builders of this cathedral stove to ascribe to God.

Too many modern churches play down this aspect and build auditoriums that more resemble a movie theater than a place to sit in awe of the God of the universe. While siting in the nave after having taken the photograph above of the altar and baldachin, I was inspired to sit quietly for a few moments and worship.

Can't say that's happened to me in any movie theaters of late.

Tomorrow: Artists in the alleyway.

Click on pictures to enlarge. Photographs © 2005 James Jordan.


Hillary said...

Spectacular. I was in awe of the baldaquin, too. I saw the "Feu Sacree" show there (kind of seemed sacreligious to see a show in a cathedral, but it was about the history of the building) and also decided to go to a mass. I'm not Catholic either, but it was pretty worship-inspiring to be in a setting like that.

Looking forward to the next photos! (Can you tell I'm reliving my trip vicariously through your photos??? :)

James said...

Glad to have you along for the trip (again). Next up are some more scenes from Old Quebec and then the Ile d'Orleans.

eph2810 said...

Great picture - thank you for sharing. I am not Catholic either, but am a Christian...and I love to see different churches. They have some great ones in Germany...:)

eph2810 said...

Sorry, me again. Would you mind if I add your blog as a link to my small photo blog?
In His grip,
<>< Iris

James said...

Thanks for stopping by. Yes, by all means, you may link here. I will also link back to your blog as well.

Hillary said...

Ooooh! *claps hands excitedly*

rev-ed said...

As beautiful as that picture is, it doesn't even scratch the surface of the majesty of God. Is it worth the money to build something so ostentacious when that money could build 15-30 churches in a poorer country? That's the question I've been wrestling with the past couple of days.

Rrramone said...

Wonderful shot. Makes me want to visit Quebec!