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Stain me Yellow/ Church of St. Nicholas, Houston

One of the tinted windows in the Church of St. Nicholas. The windows caused the orangey cast on all of the pictures shot in this church. A lovely, if not spiritually inspiring, effect.

 

Saint Nicholas Church. Good Friday Visita Iglesia.

The church reminded me of churches and capillas and visitas in the Philippines, specially of the capillas in im hometown, Bulacan.

 

The church of St. Nicholas was constructed and started in the late 1800's but wasn't finished until 1924. This church was constructed especially for African American Catholics in the Houston area. This church is a historical building complete with a marker on its facade.

 

Finding this church was difficult. It's hidden in the middle of a neighborhood that lays on the outskirts of Downtown Houston. I've passed it by for a year during my Middle School, but wasn't able to visit and go inside. This is the first time I've been to this church and my experience inside definitely wanted me to come back again and well, become a practicing Catholic again.

If finding this church was difficult, then getting inside was harder. The church was closed when we got there (around 5:00 pm.) Unlike churches in the Philippines, which are practically open 24 hours during Good Friday, churches in America, well in Houston for this matter, closes right after the 7 last words rite and won't be open till Easter. My observation is that there's not a lot of activities and churches are pretty much "dead."

Luckily though, we saw the priest walking down the street, (we didn't know he was the priest actually) explained the Filipino tradition of Visita Iglesia, and asked if he would admit us to his church. He gladly agreed and voila, here are the pictures

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Taken on April 15, 2006