Monday, November 3, 2008

wedding

I recently went to a family wedding at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo. Many of my relatives have been married there, all the way back to the 1940's.

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It is absolutely breathtaking and each and every time I have been inside it, throughout my life, I am still awe struck. It has so much history and trivia attached to the building- inside and out.
My aunt-in-law was the sacristan there for many years and I always intended to have her give my kids a tour through her eyes and tell all the unknown secrets too. Sadly, she now has Alzheimer's and does not even recognize her 15 kids (yes! 15!!). We waited too long. Do not wait to do things- even simple things- if you know anyone with Alzheimer's!
Everywhere you look inside and out there are wonders to discover!! Imagine all the hours of labor lovingly done by hand. Old buildings are truly the best. New construction is sometimes (in my amateur opinion) done quickly, often devoid of detail and not meant to last.
See the skull up there? I was always told that it was there to keep evil spirits from entering. I do not know if that is true. It could also mean that life is fleeting or it could represent Golgotha- "the place of a skull".
















Even if you aren't Catholic this church is a one of those buildings that makes you want to see more and find new details around each corner.

You can take a tour by clicking here and following the directions to see many breathtaking features of the Cathedral.
There is also a blog that shows many, many great photos of the Cathedral. Get yourself something to drink, place it on a coaster next to your key board and settle in for some beauty and history.


This is the beautiful bride and her handsome groom. It was such a memorable day. There were many people attending the celebration.

This wedding cake was beautiful, very unique!!

4 comments:

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Stunning!!!...smiles...m..

She'sSewPretty said...

Amy, There is a wonderful book called the Pillars of the Earth. It is an excellent story about a man who built cathedrals. It's one of my all time favorite books.

Carol said...

Amy....this church is just so beautiful. I am in NE Ohio, and will have to venture over there in the spring to see it! Thank you for sharing it here.

NDKate07 said...

Amy,

It really is a gorgeous building, isn't it? I've been a parishioner there my entire life and my parents got married there 30 years ago! I'm actually getting married there myself in May, and I just started a blog for Rosary Cathedral brides to share experiences, photos, stories and advice.

Check it out: rosarycathedralweddings.blogspot.com

If you or any of your family members/friends who got married there want to help contribute to it, I'd appreciate anything you offer! Thanks!!

And thanks for your blog, it's really unique and interesting!