Lots of changes for me this year! Please drop by and see some of them on my new website, MelanieKaris.com. I look forward to "seeing" you there! Note: I am finally doing as my husband suggested I to do always - sometimes husbands are right! - and authoring my books and sites using my first name rather than my middle name - Ann - and a family name - Nichols (Ann Nichols). But you, my dear long time blogging friends, can call me Ann any time you want! Thanks!

Showing posts with label St. Nicholas Churches Around the World. Show all posts
Showing posts with label St. Nicholas Churches Around the World. Show all posts

Monday, October 28, 2013

St. Nicholas Church - Cranleigh, England

Church of England Parish for Cranleigh 
The first St. Nicholas Church built in tiny hamlet of "Cranley" in 1170
Image courtesy: St. Nicholas Church
Look at the church today!
Image courtesy: St. Nicholas Church
The Nave
Image courtesy: St. Nicholas Church
What's unusual about this?
The plain window.
Of fourteen stain-glass windows only three survived when a bomb exploded near the church in 1944...
This is a vibrant church. Please visit its extensive and wonderful website to learn more about it's long history and current events that welcomes all!
As always it is the people who make up a church and as the following photos show, this St. Nicholas church has plenty!
Happy little ones:
Dancing girls (and one gracious boy!):
Dear helping hands:
Last three images courtesy: St. Nicholas Church
Many thanks to the wonderful people of Cranleigh's St. Nicholas Church!

P.S. To all  my dear blogging friends who are kind and go to the trouble to leave a comment. Please write your blogspot or .com address down when you leave your comment. Now that I am part of google+ it doesn't always allow me to link back to you! Sometime it does but not always... Honestly - is this PROGRESS??
Thanks and blessings!

Monday, October 21, 2013

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church - Wyckoff, New Jersey, USA

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Image Courtesy: OrthodoxWorld
A beautiful and peaceful center of Christian worship.
Image Courtesy: Wyckoff
Image Courtesy: NorthJersey
From the community's 40th year of service celebration journal
(1971 - 2011):

 St. Nicholas Church Through the Years
History of  the St. Nicholas Church in Wyckoff, N.J.
(Please click on it)
Many thanks to George Corniotes for his help in providing this information on his church.

This St. Nicholas church stands as an amazing testament to the giving spirit of the people who make up the church of Christ. It's a church filled with wonderful people. I even know some of them!

Many Blessings!

Monday, October 14, 2013

St. Nicholas Catholic Community - Los Altos, California, USA

Into the blue Californian sky...

...rises the lovely white adobe St. Nicholas Church

"St. Nicholas Church was built and blessed in 1942 as a Mission of St. Joseph’s, Mountain View."

The dear Christian, Bishop Nicholas, from the town of Myra

St. Nicholas... and Christmas...
The Advent Light

But it is of course the People that make up the Church of Christ...

St. Nicholas Catholic Community certainly is that!

Please visit the St. Nicholas website for more information on this haven found in the hills of beautiful California.

All images Courtesy: St. Nicholas Catholic Community

Thursday, January 3, 2013

St. Nicholas Church - Cellefrouin, France

Happy New Year Everyone!
St. Nicholas Church
Cellefrouin, France
All Images Courtesy: My Life in the Charente
For the first posting of this brand new year I have Diane at the fabulous site, My Life in the Charente, to thank.
What a St. Nicholas church this is... 
So solid and strong...
Just lovely!
Diane wrote about it:
"The church was founded as the abbey of St Peter about 1025 by Arnaud de Villebre, the bishop of Perigueux (a town in the Dordogne some 100 kilometres away - big diocese!). At this time, the it was likely to have been of wood. A stone building was commenced about 1060 and, so the scholars believe, completed about 1100-1120, to become one of the most important churches in the region. German Wikipedia tells me that it was spared damage in the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) due to its remote location but was attacked and damaged by the Protestants in the Wars of Religion (1562-98). Once peace was restored, the building was rebuilt and re-dedicated to Saint Nicholas in the 16th or 17th century. You have 700 or so years of history there in a nutshell!!"

The Massive and Welcoming Door

Please visit Diane's site for more information on this church and her fabulous life and adventures in the Charente of France!
Thanks Diane!
And again... a Very Happy New Year to all!

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Parish Church of St. Nicholas - Steventon, Hampshire, UK

The Parish Church of St. Nicholas 
The Very Church Where Jane Austen Worshiped!
Image Courtesy: Wikipedia
Image courtesy: Astoft
Okay, I happily admit it! I am a true Jane Austen fan! I think she was just an amazing woman and that the world is a much better place for what she accomplish and gave to it during the time allotted her. So to know that this 12th c St. Nicholas Church (Anglican) is the very one where she worshiped for the first 25 years of her life - well, that is something to write home about! Not only did she worship here, but her father was the rector here for all of her first 25 years (until 1801), while her brother became rector afterwards.
Location of Hampshire within the U.K. - Jane's Birthplace of Steventon (1775)
Image courtesy: Wikipedia
Since most all by now know the great respect with which I hold Nicholas of Myra, I think I might be forgiven for saying that I can't help but feel that the fact that her church building was dedicated to him probably inspired her somehow... Whimsical thought maybe but then again... whose to say? She did write "Pride and Prejudice," "Northanger Abbey," and "Sense and Sensibility" while she lived in Steventon! (Tell me, have there ever been better titles for books? I sigh for want of such titles!) Perhaps dear St. Nick "helped" this very deserving and wonderful young woman out a bit!
Now, I would like to direct all who would like to see more of this historic St. Nicholas church to a wonderful site. Astoft, not only has 82 pictures of the church for us to enjoy but presents a wonderful history to go along with the photos. I highly recommend a "trip" over to Astoft!
A few photos from Astoft 

Many thanks to Astoft for the work and attention that went into documenting this very special St. Nicholas Church.

Now I must go... I am suddenly in the mood to reread, "Pride and Prejudice"!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

St. Nicholas Cathedral - Yombol, Bulgaria

St. Nicholas Cathedral
Yambol, Bulgaria
Image Courtesy: Wikipedia
Photographer: Emil Manchev
Look at this gorgeous cathedral dedicated to St. Nicholas (St. Nicolay in the Bulgarian language) that my friend Tanya told me about!
This city was the ancient Thracian city, Kabyle, that was re-founded as a Greek Polis - city - by Alexander the Great's father, Philip II. A very old history indeed.
Tanya wrote:
These pictures are from a Bulgarian church in the town of Yambol dedicated to St. Nicolas the Miracle Maker. This church is the biggest in the town and was built in 1888, ten years after the Bulgarian liberation from the Ottomans!
Since Tanya is from Bulgaria...I think she is a very good source about this beautiful church!
 (Notice the Icon of Christ)
The Cathedral On A Sunny Day
(Two above images are courtesy of Tanya)
The Lovely City of Yambol
Image courtesy: Holidays
Many many thanks to Tanya!

Friday, November 2, 2012

St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church - Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.A

Prayers for Those Affected So Terribly by Hurricane Sandy
St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church
Atlantic City, N.J.
Image Courtesy: cardcow
Although this church isn't named directly for our 3rd c St. Nicholas of Myra, it is dedicated in honor of another saint by the name of Nicholas, the 13th c St. Nicholas of Tolentine. 
St. Nicholas of Tolentine
Image Courtesy: Wikipedia
Artist: Pietro Perugino (1448-1523)
Location: Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica
Since Nicholas of Tolentine was named by his parents in honor of Nicholas of Myra, it is fitting, considering that hurricane Sandy came ashore in Atlantic City earlier this week, to post about this beautiful and historical church.
New Hampshire and Atlantic Ave
Atlantic City - the Atlantic Ocean in its Streets...
Image Courtesy: NJ
Photo by: Jitney Guy
Tourist District
Atlantic City
Image courtesy: NJ
Photos by: Ryan O White-Nobles
The historic St. Nicholas of Tolentino Church is located on Pacific Avenue just one block in from the boardwalk.
Image courtesy: Wikipedia
Built in 1905
Being from Florida, and one who has a first-hand understanding of  hurricanes and how destructive they can be, my heart goes out to those so affected by this storm and for beloved buildings such as the St Nicholas of Tolentine Church in the city we all know so well - if only from the Game of Monopoly .
 St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church is situated at 1409 Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City
(That is...the street represented by the first green space below!)
Image Courtesy: Google
Many, many prayers for the people of the North East United States who found themselves in the path of Hurricane Sandy.
The Atlantic City Coast Guard Base
(In the early stages of the storm...)
Image courtesy: NJ
Photo by:quiggaveli

On a happy note: Please don't forget to enter my give-a-way here!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church - Grand Junction, Colorado U.S.A.

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Grand Junction, Colorado U.S.A.
All Images Courtesy: St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Winter Photo
I know it probably isn't snowing in Grand Junction so early in the season but I just couldn't resist this gorgeous winter shot of this lovely Byzantine-style Orthodox church found on the western slopes of the amazing state of Colorado. After all, aren't pristine snow covered mountainsides and valleys what most of us think of when we think of Colorado?
The church's website's "History Page" opens with this moving statement:
Atop the hill at the southwest corner of 12th Street and Horizon Drive in Grand Junction, Colorado stands Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. The Byzantine-style building was erected in 1991 for congregational worship, but the building represents much more than that. It stands as a visible testament to the faith of an immigrant community that came to Colorado in the early 1900s.
Those first immigrants came from the country of Greece that had recently shed the yoke of Turkish rule, and many were eager to take advantage of their newly-found freedom by coming to America. Sadly, the nearly 400 years of Turkish occupation precluded any educational opportunities for the enslaved Greek people, and also precluded free worship; all learning was by word-of-mouth.
The Greeks who traveled across the Atlantic were therefore without formal education, but they were willing to work hard. One skill they brought with them was raising sheep, work that would provide many of them with a living in Colorado.

This church is a bit different from most churches dedicated to St. Nicholas for the simple reason that it isn't located close to a major body of water. Being the well-known patron saint of sailors this is quite often the case with churches called after St. Nicholas. But the reason for dedicating this lovely church building to St. Nicholas is extremely interesting. It has to do with the fact that those Greeks who settled in Colorado were sheep farmers. Let's see what the website has to say about the name of the church in conjunction with sheep farming:
Saint Nicholas was chosen as the patron saint for the community because his feast day falls in December, a time of year when sheepmen traditionally could be in town for religious observances.
I think that is something that would make the dear old saint very happy!
Something else that would make him happy is this statement found on the home page of the church's site under WHO ARE WE?:
Our congregation consists of the descendants of immigrants from Greece to western Colorado, but also of others whose ancestors came from various traditionally Orthodox countries. In addition, many parishioners are simply "Americans" -- generally converts from the Roman Catholic and Protestant denominations.
"The American Way!"
Now that's an invitation! I have been to Grand Junction before...but next time, I plan to stop in for a visit!
Please visit the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church website for more information about services, etc.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Church of St. Nicholas - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Image Courtesy: Allposters.com 
Artist: Nico Jungmann (1872-1935)
This gorgeous 19c church was designed by Adrianus Bleijs using elements of Neo-Baroque and Neo-Renaissance. It was officially called "St. Nicholas inside the walls" because it is located in the oldest part of the city. It is Amsterdam's major Roman Catholic church.
A modern View
 Image Courtesy: Massimo Catarinella
And another...
Image Courtesy: Peter Weis
Isn't this just gorgeous?
Anyone for a trip to Amsterdam?
Image courtesy: Inyourpocket
Please go to inyourpocket and wikipedia for more information about this lovely building dedicated to St. Nicholas

Saturday, September 15, 2012

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Christchurch, New Zealand

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
Christchurch, New Zealand
Image courtesy: Christchurchdailyphoto
There are few names of places that have captured my imagination more than the name of the city in which this little church resides: Christchurch, New Zealand.
Beautiful View of New Zealand's 3rd Largest Urban Area 
It was interesting to discover that the name is taken from Christ Church in Oxford - the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Oxford in England (Church of England). It is the only college in the world that is also a Cathedral.
Christ Church, Oxford, England
 Image courtesy: Wikipedia
And it's grand interior
Image Courtesy: Wikipedia
Christchurch, New Zealand
Image courtesy: Here
The Maori name for this gorgeous location was Otautahi. 
On July 31, 1856 Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter.
In June of 1949 the congregation of the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church had its beginning when the faithful would meet for services aboard a ship.
In 1962 St. Nicholas' grounds were consecrated. 
And later...
the raising of the St. Nicholas Church dome
And the building that is still there today!
Image courtesy: Christchurchdailyphoto
Please visit the church's website to learn more and if you are in the vicinity... to stop by for a service! I will if ever I am blessed to travel to Christchurch, New Zealand!