St. Luke’s Cathedral Portland Maine

I have walked by St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland many times on my visits but have not had the opportunity to attend a service there until yesterday.  Friends, this is such a beautiful building and a vibrant welcoming congregation calls it home…

St. Luke's Cathedral Portland Maine

St. Luke’s has a 143 year old tradition of “reaching out to the city and people of Portland.”

During the season of Lent the pews are rearranged to face a side wall and a free standing altar is brought down onto the floor…

St. Luke's Cathedral Portland Maine

what a nice way to “set apart” the penitential season…

St. Luke's Cathedral Portland Maine

A carved oak reredos graces the eastern wall of the chancel…

St. Luke's Cathedral Portland Maine

It was carved by Ernesto G. Pellegrini in 1925 and is dedicated to the memory of The Reverend Canon Myles Standish Hemenway and his wife Susan MacVicars Hinton Hemenway.  The work of art was exhibited at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston before its installation in Portland.  There are references in the carvings to gospel events, figures of ancient church history as well as the history of the Episcopal Church in Maine…

St. Luke's Cathedral Portland Maine

it is amazingly impressive…

St. Luke's Cathedral Portland Maine

the needlepoint kneelers hanging on the pew backs grabbed my attention…

St. Luke's Cathedral Portland Maine

St. Luke's Cathedral Portland Maine

a conversation with a parishioner following the service revealed a bit more about them…

St. Luke's Cathedral Portland Maine

each one is an original design…

St. Luke's Cathedral Portland Maine

completed by each church in the diocese and presented to the Cathedral…

St. Luke's Cathedral Portland Maine

some are even dedicated to the memory of loved ones…

St. Luke's Cathedral Portland Maine

What a wonderful way for each church in this diocese to feel a special part of their Cathedral!

I’m so glad I went…

St. Luke's Cathedral Portland Maine

it makes it easier to face a new week!…

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Comments

  1. What a beautiful Cathedral, and a very interesting take on observing Lent. Love that. And love the pew cushions. Wish we had some.

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      Being there had me thinking back to when we had some serious discussions about changing the seating at St. Andrew’s. It was really special to have the pews turned to the side for Lent but of course they have a flat floor! Love, love the kneelers though!

  2. Donna Lander says:

    Beautiful worship space. I love the pillows.