Larry Gross is me and I’m thinking a cathedral is also considered a church. I’m not a religious person, so I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the difference between the new. If someone gets all hung up on this, I’m sure they’ll let me know.
For almost a year now, I’ve been living right across the street from St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (a mouthful of words) here in Covington. I have a great view of this cathedral from my apartment window. I’ve received so many compliments on this that I’m thinking about subletting my apartment for $2,000 a month. I think I’m kidding. As I’ve said here before, I’m not religious, but I do appreciate good architecture.
I’ve never been inside St. Mary’s until last Saturday afternoon. Some friends and I had lunch over here in Covington, then did a little shopping and kind of at the last minute decided to go into the cathedral. I mean, I was almost home, so why not?
A guy who was sitting at a little desk before entering the cathedral was very nice and handed each of us a brochure with information on the cathedral. Looking around and reading from it, the stained glass, 82 windows in all, were made in 1910. It was hard to keep my eyes off it as well as the mosaic stations.
I know that St. Mary’s is regarded as one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world, and seeing is believing. Beautiful is an understatement. It’s beyond that. It’s stunning, jaw-dropping—almost enough to make me want to believe. I still don’t, but I was impressed.
We took a few pictures, and my friend Jim took the one of me you’re looking at. We stayed for 20 minutes or so and then left.
So Larry Gross goes, or went, to church. I’m glad I did it, glad I know what it looks like now on the inside. We’re lucky to have St. Mary’s here in Downtown Covington.
Having said that, I’ll probably never go back inside. I’ve be waving from my apartment window as the believers go to church there on Sunday mornings.
I’ll be waving at you when I return here on Wednesday.
(Photo taken by James Allen)