The outside of this incredible church is part golden colored brick and terracotta stone. Some buildings have an architecture that can't be fully described and this is one of them. In one of my photos the light hit a window above and looked rather holy. Although this
Entering Saint Joseph Church from the next set of doors left me speechless. The Gothic Revival architecture continues inside and brought my eye towards the altar. There is one main aisle and two side aisles on each side, making a total of five aisles. The aisle rows have two main rows and two narrow side rows. There are ceiling beams which accent the arch on the ceiling and connect to each of the Stations of the Cross. The main aisle leads straight to the altar, where there are large Gothic towers and incredible intricate design and painted white. The golden tabernacle is built into the design with a matching small cross above. Behind the altar is a stained glass window depicting crucified Jesus. A large Advent Wreath, with one candle lit, is just to the right of the altar and in front of a statue of Saint Joseph. A statue of Mary is to the left of the altar and both statues are surrounded by similar intricate Gothic carvings and also painted white.
From the altar I was able to see the balcony and more beautiful stained glass windows. The musicians and singers are located in the balcony aka choir loft. In the older churches, there was not enough amplification/proper sound and when the music came from the choir loft, it helped to amplify sound. Lord God, in Your love for Your Church, you have given the gift of musical ability to these men and women of faith. Please bless them as they use their talents for your glory and for the good of your holy people. I pray that you give them strength to continue their efforts to lead your Church in song and music. May you fill them with joy as they carry out their ministry of praise. Amen.
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