Thursday, February 26, 2009

More local history...

In keeping with the theme of historic buildings, this is the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. The outer walls of St. John’s are of sandstone from the Tablerock quarry on the eastern edge of Boise.

The cornerstone was laid in 1906 when they began construction; the church was built as a cruciform. The completed cathedral was dedicated in 1921. Below is a drawing of St. John's found online.

Every July, the mass of Saint Ignatius is held during the Basque festival. As part of the ritual, the statue of St. Ignatius is carried down the street in a procession to St. John’s. The mass is performed in Basque and features the Bihozetik Basque choir and the Oinkari Basque Dancers.


Anonymous said...

as your photos of St. John's catch
the lightness of its monumentality
memory dances
to an experience of a Basque
Mass from before we
met -
young men dancing,
at the altar
to fifes and drums,
some gestural translation
of that Basque
tongue putting a spin
on the letter
where lightness &
monumentality meet

Ms M said...

Wonderfully written! Thank you.

Katie said...

What a beautiful cathedral! The sandstone is such a pretty color and all the details of the building remind me of Europe! Any mosaics inside?

Ms M said...

It reminds me of Europe, too. I don't think it has any mosaics; it has a lot of nice stained glass.

Steve Buser said...

I would love to be there to hear the choir sing in that beautiful cathedral.

Ms M said...

Steve, I think music sounds majestic in the cathedral.