Sunday, February 10, 2008

Our Lady of Sorrows...One of 1000 Churches



Memphis is often called "The City of 1000 Churches" or the "City of Churches". There are many beautiful places of worship in Memphis, and one of those is Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.

This congregation was first established to serve the community of "Frayser Station" in 1926, as the "Church of the Madonna". Two Dominican sisters from Nashville came to Memphis to operate the "Madonna School", which was closed during the Depression, and then later reopened (along with the Convent) under the supervision of the Poor Clares in 1932. The crypt of the present church was dedicated in 1950, with the present church (shown above) being built above the crypt and dedicated in 1957. You can read more here about the history of this beautiful church. Shown above are the sanctuary (front and side views), and also the Our Lady of Sorrows School.
edited to add: I've only been able to leave messages on about half the blogs I've visited today...Blogger isn't opening comments boxes for me on the rest. If you see me on your sitemeter today, I tried to stop by to say hi! :) I'll try again tomorrow...

16 comments:

Chris said...

Beautiful church! Do you attend? We go to Cathedral here. Funny note. . .I had not heard Memphis called City of 1000 Churches. When we moved to Las Vegas in 1987, there was some record number of churches per capita there.

Re: This weekend. . .Probably not going to make it this weekend for a few reasons. I may have to go back to Las Vegas. . .Also, we thought that with the tornado, it might be a good idea to wait a few weeks.

Halcyon said...

Didn't know that about Memphis... I thought it was the land of the blues, and Elvis! :)

I learned something today.

slim said...

What gorgeous light you captured on this church. I've never seen partial columns like those . . . is the rest located underground?? If you captured all 1000 churches, do you realize that you would have posts for almost 3 years? Just a thought ;)

Beverly said...

Found you from Backporch Musings. I am from Memphis and will begin to read...

Pat said...

Lovely photos today! I like the shadows and light on the photos! I didn't know Memphis was called that.

Pat

Guelph Daily Photo, My Photos.

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Annie said...

I know it might be thought a little sacreligious of me but I had to smile at the name "Poor Clares".

Rambling Round said...

That is a beautiful church with an interesting history.

Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

Some of the architectural details are quite unusual, which makes this a very interesting building.

Re: not being able to comment, that has happened to me more than once. Blogger is moody! ;)

(By the way, on my screen, your sweet Daisy's photo is always visible when I am typing a comment. I love that! She's so very cute.)

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

That's a beautiful building!

oldmanlincoln said...

I like your photograph of this building. It is a nice post too.

Dusty Lens said...

Excellent architecture. The rock facade is wonderful. Well done!

I too have had similar dealings with blogger. Sometimes the photos are nothing more than a box with an x in it.

zentmrs said...

Wondeful photos Southern Heart! I love the rock facade.

Jana said...

Great photos. What a wonderful old church!

Anonymous said...

I never realized the unique architect of this church. I have been a member since 1959. I was baptised, first communion, confirmation and married in this church. Sometimes the best things in life are right in front of you.