This is the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception at Farm Street, the headquarters of the Society of Jesus. I was educated by them and I tell you, those brothers and fathers have some strong forearms..
Here’s my school photo. Can you locate me? heh, ok ok, I will make it easier for you, Im the fifth from the left, first row standing.
And I look up to see this amazing amazing window. Can you see the delicate tracery? How it forms a series of flower bulbs with beautiful stone work. Absolutely amazing. You know, for some strange reason, I find the stonework more artistic than the stained glass work.
And then this is the doorway.
And what a doorway.
And what beauty. this entire essay is just about this doorway.
The first layer is of cherubs singing or playing various instruments. A lute and flute
A fiddle? cymbals
Tambourine and another lute?
Reading from a song book and drummer boy?
The third layer continues on with the theme of cherubs playing music.
There are cherubs playing around her head.
And are also supporting her feet. Fascinating. Can you see how they carved clothes out of stone. Brilliant work. If just the entrance is so beautiful, would the inside of the church be any different? I was not disappointed.