Friday, December 7, 2018

The Great Hallelujah Holiday Tour of Churches

This past Saturday, hubby and I attending this years Hallelujah Holiday Tour of Churches.  Despite the fact that it rained the whole day.  There were about 300 of us in attendance.  This annual tour includes beautiful old historic churches in downtown Columbus.  I wonder if other cities have something similar?  At each location someone told us a bit about the history of the church and there was a musical selection or two.  

The first church was First Congregational Church, built in 1931.  Of the four churches, it was the newest; but historically the one that I enjoyed learning about the most.  Located at 444 E. Broad Street.
Look at the beautiful pipes in this large organ.  This is one of two organs in this church.  One also in the back of the church in the balcony area.  The style of this church is Late Gothic Revival, and the  architect, John Russell Pope also designed The Jefferson Memorial and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.  He was joined with a local architect, Howard Dwight Smith, who designed Ohio Stadium.  Both men are quite noteworthy, as are the buildings they designed.
The wood carving was beautiful and the stained glass window breathtaking.  I imagine on a day with sun out instead of rain, the light coming through this goregous window would be even more spectacular.  


But what made this church so remarkable to me, it's it's history.  On Sept 24th in 1852, 42 members of the then 2nd Presbyterian Church who were abolitionist, decided they could no longer remain with the congregation.  So with a loan of $1,000.00 started a new church.  Their church was The 3rd Presbyterian Church.  The movement and the church grew, and a new location and new building built.  The also decided the needed a new name, and thus became First Congregational Church.  Through multiple leaders and locations and growth the church always remained keenly involved with social justice issues.  

In 1882 Dr. Washington Gladden led the church.  The many years he led the Church are referred to as The Gladden Years.  He preached a regular sermon and always had a 2nd sermon where he taught and spoke about issues of the day, like proper treatment of Black Americans, proper treatment of workers period.  As a result, The Washington Gladden Social Justice Park was dedicated in his honor and memory, quite recently On Oct 28th, 2018.  This park is the first Social Justice Park in the country.  We plan to return to read all plagues on a day when it's not raining.  The park is next door to The Church.

**Please return to read about the other 3 churches on this wonderful tour, check to see if you have something similar in your area.  AND....yes, I will be getting back to posting about Italy, but given the time of the year...the posts about this Christmas Tour of Churches seems most appropriate.



PLEASE leave me a comment when you come visit, so I know you were here. Your visits and comments are very special to me.

13 comments:

  1. I have no idea if they do this sort of thing locally. Considering how many churches there are near where I live, it is something they should look into.

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    1. Let me know if you find out they do. I've lived here for years and this was the first I knew about it.

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  2. I love the history behind old churches. I never fail to visit an old church or mission.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

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    1. We do that often when we travel as well, which is why hubby said...well shoot, let's do it here at home.

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  3. Sandy, spectacular church. As far as I know Flagstaff does not have anything similar.

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    1. Thanks for the visit. I really enjoyed this church tour. Had no idea we had such history right here at home.

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  4. this looks like my Methodist church in Tampa. It had a magnificent pipe organ, and lots of blond stone blocks.

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    1. We've visited so many churches and cathedrals in our travels, it was fun to see we have some gorgeous ones right here at home.

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  5. Enjoyed this tour and the history. So nice to find such treasures in your own community. Texas has many historic churches and missions including the Alamo and others I have visited. Thanks for visiting and blessings for a Merry Christmas.

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    1. Haven't been to Texas, but visited a few missions in CA, so glad you have that at hand. Merry Christmas to you as well Sue.

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  6. Oh, how neat! I have never heard of such a tour. Thank you, as I found this just now: Cincinnati is known as "The Paris of America" due to the architectural and historical significance of many of its parishes. Cincinnati possesses some fine examples of churches built after World War II. Take a couple of hours on this tour to discover the beauty of Cincinnati's churches and cathedrals.

    And thanks for the kind word! My pinky finger feels better already, just with changing my method of typing so as not to hyper-extend that tiny knuckle. Heh... Be well!

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    1. So glad you found something there in Cincy, sounds very good. Hope the finger continues to heal, don't want to be hampered during the holidays.

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