Weekend Snapshot: Church of the Transfiguration

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Last Sunday my daughter and her choir sang at the Church of the Transfiguration in New York City. this beautiful Episcoplean church, which is about a century and a half old, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was a well-known stop on the Underground Railroad, and many an African American sought shelter there during the draft riots during the Civil War.

This high church congregation (smells and bells and loads of formality) managed to set the fire alarm off as a result of its abundant use of incense, but nobody was fazed. These things happen. The window above is in the church's sanctuary. There are more images of this church here, Here's a bootleg video of the kids singing.

Weekend Snapshot

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  1. wHAT DOES THE OUSIDE LOOK LIKE?

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  2. That is a realy pretty piece of stained glass. Funny, the fire aarm because of the incense haha!

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  3. What a beautiful and peaceful image that is!

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  4. Beautiful pictures!
    Have a blessed Sunday, Sandy. :)

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  5. That beautiful stained glass window is an inspiration as was the choir I am sure I bet the choir sounded angelic in the old church. It seems like those old churches had great acoustics.

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  6. What a beautiful church...thanks for sharing it!
    hugs
    Sandi

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  7. Set off the fire alarm? Seriously? Wow...

    I love the line "smells and bells and boatloads of formality". Pretty well sums up my one experience in an Episcopal church. Christmas Eve a whole bunch of years ago.

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  8. What a neat opportunity for yoru daughter and her group! Beautiful stained glass window!

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  9. fun celebration and images...i think some of my eastern ancestors were involved in the underground railroad-sure hope so anyway.

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  10. that picture is amazing in the detail and the use of light, I almost feel like i amlooking at it in person! Lovely shot Dear Friend!

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  11. You have certainly seen this, but I found it fascinating. Imagine, you trod where Sam Watterson walked to his wedding.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Church_Around_the_Corner

    I am sure that your daughter's group sounded ... angelic!

    -Greg
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  12. Lovely picture . . . and what a story!

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  13. Beautiful image Sandy and I love your description (smells and bells). My father was an Episcopalean minister and we had change ringers (they still do for that matter).

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  14. Anonymous10:16 PM

    Lovely piece of art this glass it must give a sense of wonder to the atmosphere of your church.
    my weekend snap is here
    http://aguthrieimages.wordpress.com/2009/04/26/weekend-snapshotvasquez-rocks-natural-area-nature-center/

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  15. It touches the heart.

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  16. What a beautiful stained glass and you captured it nicely. Thanks for the historical background of the church too.

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  17. The colors in this picture are fantastic. While we were in Germany, we saw so many churches with paintings just like this one. Very moving and very beautiful. Great job, Sandy!

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  18. Beautiful! You must come down to our St. Paul's on the Green here in Norwalk. It really is a special place. And I'm not even a member. Just love it anyway.

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  19. What a splendid image, Sandy. You photographed it so well.
    I'll watch the video of the kids singing.

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  20. A peaceful image and a place where people feel safe.

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  21. Oh thats so nice
    i often see something like that in churches

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  22. Thanks for sharing your beautiful slide and video of the choir. You have a beautiful church. I love stained glass windows. The music is very difficult to sing, but the choir sings beautifully. Thanks for your visit! Have a great day!

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  23. Anonymous3:01 AM

    so beautiful, so peaceful. wonderful choices

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  24. Great capture Sandy.

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  25. I suddenly miss my choir mates back home.

    Thanks for sharing that lovely image! My WS entry is here.

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  26. Thanks for the image, it had curative properties for me as I'm feeling a bit fragile

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  27. LOL it set the alarm? Gee.. I can only imagine the scent there! Must be heavenly!

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  28. that's a beautiful painting of Mother and Child.

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  29. A beautiful picture, and it must have been a wonderful experience.

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  30. so nice sandy. it sets our minds to reflect. it's nice that you visited the church.

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  31. what a tender picture

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  32. what a tender picture

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  33. This is a beautiful shot, Sandy! I think ive seen a glass window using this image. :)

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  34. Anonymous11:41 AM

    I love the windows of old churches. We should bring this tradition of stained glass back!

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  35. Sandy, I listened! Wonderful! :)

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  36. Clear shot of the stained glass. It radiates peace.

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  37. Beautiful touching window. Anybody who has ever had a hug from somebody with little arms understands that image.

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  38. What a beautiful window! I bet it was wonderful there!

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  39. Love the photol-and glad you all had a good time!

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