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Merry Christmas!/Joyeux Noël!/Frohe Weihnachten!

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 23 December 2020 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

...Vrolijk Kerstfeest, Hyvää Joulua, and ¡Feliz Navidad!

To meet the demands of a growing parish that was located in a small school chapel since 1926, St. Anastasia Church was constructed in 1964. The church, located in Waukegan, Illinois, is a unique structure of towering brick columns and arches, with stained glass blocks set into the walls that transform daylight into rich purples, blues, reds and ambers to create an awe-inspiring interior. Unfortunately, this morning had a relatively cloudy sky which didn't allow much light in through the east wall seen here.

Pictured here in the center, between the four large columns and arches, is the altar which is made of a rectangular marble slab. Hanging above the altar is a medieval style crucifix. Flanking behind the altar on the left and right are "enclaves" with ornate mosaics and a tabernacle. Flanking above the altar to the left and right are "crows' nests" where liturgists are often found.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!

I will be taking some time off until the new year. May the New Year bring us a year of health, happiness and togetherness. . .all coronavirus-free! See you all on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Photo taken on December 25, 2009.

SONY DSLR-A300 16/5 second F/8.0 ISO 100 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Nice picture of this beautiful church interieur. I wish you and yours even a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Steve. Stay care and healthy!

23 Dec 2020 5:12am

Marie from Villages du Lac de Paladru, France

Really an original church. I like its warm colours

23 Dec 2020 5:54am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

How very fascinating, Steven. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it! Enjoy your break between now and the new year. Stay safe and healthy.

23 Dec 2020 6:04am

lisl from Bath, United Kingdom

In spite of its modernity, the shape and construction feel very ancient. It's a fine building

23 Dec 2020 6:51am

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Que c'est beau ...ta photo est vraiment superbe !

23 Dec 2020 7:02am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Merry Christmas also to you

23 Dec 2020 7:02am

Calusarus from Valence, France

Very nice decorations in this church. Merry Christmas

23 Dec 2020 7:34am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful Christmas time !

23 Dec 2020 8:37am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien ce rouge drapé

23 Dec 2020 8:52am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Thank you for the good wishes
And the same to you and your family
Fine holiday

23 Dec 2020 9:38am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Very striking brickwork that makes a bold architectural statement. An excellent interior shot

23 Dec 2020 10:16am

jpla from Anjou, France

de belles teintes chaudes

23 Dec 2020 10:37am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Gorgeous church.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and may the year that follows be the best it can be! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪

23 Dec 2020 11:30am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A very nice capture of this church Steven. Have a Very Happy Christmas with your family.

23 Dec 2020 12:10pm

Rose from United States

This is just so, so beautiful. I would love to see this in person.

23 Dec 2020 1:18pm

Willy from Belgium

une superbe photo de l'intérieur de cette église remarquable Steven

Merry Christmas a happy and joyful new year !

23 Dec 2020 2:18pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Nice history on this beautiful image Steven...
I like that medieval Cross!
Have a relaxed time off, Steven.
Wishing you a Healthy and Happy Christmas and a 2021 that will be wonderful throughout with the best things happening in your life.

23 Dec 2020 3:05pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

This is grand and glorious! Merry Christmas

23 Dec 2020 3:27pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful ! Merry Christmas !

23 Dec 2020 5:09pm

tataray from France

Majestueuse cette église. Que de belles couleurs et mise en valeur.

23 Dec 2020 5:25pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

A lovely festive one; Merry Christmas Steven.

23 Dec 2020 6:41pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame & lights!

23 Dec 2020 6:56pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

very ornate and beautifully photographed

23 Dec 2020 7:58pm

Diane from Vancouver Island, Canada

I really appreciated reading about this church. That really is 'new' since it seems there aren't a lot of new or elaborate churches built anymore. Those brick columns are quite unique. It's nice to see the nativity scene they had set up as well. Merry Christmas to you and yours and wishes for a healthy and joy-filled year ahead.

23 Dec 2020 8:03pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wonderful interior shot with a beautiful nativity. Merry Christmas to you.

23 Dec 2020 8:32pm

suzanne from Bruxelles, Belgium

Joliment cadrée, une belle image !

Merry Christmas !:-)

23 Dec 2020 9:04pm

Jolanda from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Beautiful composition. Merry x-mas

23 Dec 2020 9:30pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very lovely church interior. I like that wall of stained glass blocks. Merry Christmas!

23 Dec 2020 10:27pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

And Merry Christmas to you and your family.

24 Dec 2020 12:17am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

a very nice interior shot with well-managed perspective. Lots of detail - I can almost make out the individual figures in the nativity scene even at this small image size.

24 Dec 2020 1:31am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is really beautiful. I love the architecture. Merry Christmas Steven! Have a wonderful holiday and see you in the new year!

24 Dec 2020 3:04am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Merry Christmas to you and your family Steven!.

24 Dec 2020 5:00am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Oh, so gorgeous !
Enjoy happy & safe holidays !

24 Dec 2020 9:51am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

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24 Dec 2020 9:54am

omar from Hamburg, Germany

Happy Xmas! Stay save and a good time!

24 Dec 2020 12:04pm

Rose from United States

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

24 Dec 2020 1:24pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Merry Christmas!

24 Dec 2020 2:29pm

Remus from Portugal

Since there is no mention in portuguese I add:
Feliz Natal!

Have a Very Happy Christmas with your family.

24 Dec 2020 4:56pm

tataray from France

Bonne soirée.
Prends soin de toi.
♥ ¸¸. • * ¨ * • ♫ ♪ *♪ ♫ • * ¨ * • .¸¸ ♥ ¸¸. • * ¨ * • ♫ ♪ I ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * • .¸¸ ♥

24 Dec 2020 6:23pm

jeanmadis from CHONBURI, Thailand

On ressent un vrai bien être, en cette maison de Dieu.
J'en profite pour te souhaiter de joyeuses Fêtes, ainsi qu'à tous ceux que tu aimes.

25 Dec 2020 4:44am

Martine from Brest, France

C'est très beau . Joyeux Noël !

25 Dec 2020 5:17am

lisl from Bath, United Kingdom

And a very Happy Christmas, Steven

25 Dec 2020 7:27am

yo from Entre Seine et Loire, France

Magnifique église !
Joyeux Noël Steven !

25 Dec 2020 8:49am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Je te souhaite un très joyeux Noël également !!

25 Dec 2020 12:16pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Magnificent. Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

25 Dec 2020 2:19pm

tataray from France

Joyeux ♪ ♫ * ¨ * •.¸ ♥ ¸. • * ¨ * ♫ ♪ * Noël.
Prends soin de toi.

25 Dec 2020 7:17pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Merry ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * •. ¸ ¸ ♥ ¸ ¸. • * ¨ * • ♫ ♪ Christmas ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * •. ¸ ¸ ♥

25 Dec 2020 7:49pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Merry Christmas!

26 Dec 2020 2:21am

Hootin' Anni from Corpus Christi, United States

Magical, beautiful, humbling! Extraordinary.

27 Dec 2020 10:02pm

CrashRyan from New Jersey/New York City area, United States

Merry Christmas to you too!

28 Dec 2020 4:19am

Rose from United States

Re my photo of the blizzard conditions...no, not recently at all. But from 2009. We would not be out rambling about at a time like that now.

28 Dec 2020 8:15pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Happy New Year! May 2021 bring you much joy and hopefully some delicious meals too!

31 Dec 2020 10:07am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪... Happy New Year!♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪..

31 Dec 2020 1:16pm

tataray from France

Je te souhaite de passer une bonne fin d'année 2020.

Que 2021 nous apporte :

Espoir, bonheur et santé.

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/▌*˛˚Meilleurs voeux ✰* ★
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31 Dec 2020 4:07pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Happy New Year!

31 Dec 2020 11:29pm

Maryse from bordeaux, France

Meilleurs voeux à toi et tous tes proches pour cette nouvelle année 2021 !!!!

1 Jan 2021 9:31am

suzanne from Bruxelles, Belgium

Joies, succès et santé pour 2021 !

1 Jan 2021 10:16am

Marie from Villages du Lac de Paladru, France

Happy New year Steven!

1 Jan 2021 5:07pm

Joëlle from France

Un bel instant capturé... bonne et douce année à toi et tes proches Steven :)

2 Jan 2021 7:58am

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Bonne et heureuse année Steven.

3 Jan 2021 7:17am