Sunday, December 17, 2017

Pink Saturday Gets a Visit from Saint Nicholas

St. Peter's Church in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan

I started to write this post with the words, "I've spent the better part of an hour trying to load pictures..." But in the interest of accuracy I will say I've spent the most frustrating part of an hour trying to load pictures of the New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show and not one would load. I promise to spend as much time as it takes to load the pictures for another post, because the Train Show may be one of my new most favorite sights in New York City at this time of year.

Luckily, there are pictures freshly taken this afternoon and easily transferred from my phone. I happened to be in the Chelsea neighborhood this afternoon and I walked over to the Christmas Church, St. Peter's.   It was founded in 1831 on land given by Clement Clarke Moore, taken from his estate "Chelsea." It is still very much a functioning congregation and it was beautifully decorated for the season.
After days of gray skies and snow I enjoyed today's bright weather.

This isn't the best photograph, but I took it from a flyer for an event on the church outside bulletin board and it's the Buttercupland tribute to perhaps the most beloved American Christmas poem, by none other than the founder of St. Peter's, Clement Clarke Moore. Unfortunately the reading was last week, but I'm going to make a note to be on the lookout for this event in 2018.

This isn't the post I intended, but like so many things in our lives, it turned out to be just the right post for  Pink Saturday and the nights before Christmas, with a happy pink-cheeked Santa. I hope you think so, too.

As ever, thanks for visiting. Take good care and good wishes for week ahead.


Dee said...

Dear Carol, Was Moore a minister or a priest or pastor? I never knew that if he was. Nor did I know about his Christmas church. Thank you for sharing this with us, and I do so hope that next year you'll get to go to the church for the reading of that most beloved poem. I can remember singing it in high school when it was set to music. The choir loved during it with actions.

You know, your posts have really made me want to come to New York for a visit and see the many sights you share with us. Traveling isn't easy for me now, so a visit probably won't happen, but I continue to enjoy your city through your posts. Thank you. Peace to you during this season of hope and expectation.


What a lovely church. Love those red doors. and the history. being there during a reading of the poem would be interesting, indeed.

Melinda said...
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Melinda said...

Lovely pictures.

Sometimes we have to punt
where blog posts are concerned
and post something else. So
frustrating,I know.

M : )

Sr. Ann Marie said...

Thank you for this interesting post--and for the photos as well! Blessings on you during this holy season!

Pam said...

Great church with interesting history, Carol! The reading would be awesome to attend. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

The church is beautiful. Nice to have something to look forward to next year. Wishing you a very pleasant evening and weekend.