Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The splendor of St. Peter's Cathedral in Jackson

Raphael, Murillo, and Michelangelo echo through St. Peter's Cathedral in downtown Jackson.  Father Charles Oliver supervised its construction in 1900.  The red brick building sits across from the Governor's Mansion, its stained glass a window into the Christian past.  The stained glass windows are copied from the works of Raphael and other masters. The cathedral was completely renovated in 2009.  The marble for the altars came from the same quarry used by Michelangelo.  Jackson Jambalaya commissioned local photographer Rick Guy to photograph the cathedral. The pictures of the stained glass windows were shot during the day unless otherwise specified.  Many thanks to the Catholic Diocese of Jackson for its cooperation in this project. History of the cathedral.  

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Photo taken at night from exterior

Photo taken at night from exterior

Photo taken at night from exterior

Photo taken at night from exterior


Juan said...

Thanks for posting, KF.
I'm glad to see they didn't get rid of the marble altar after Vatican II like so many other churches did.
Now, if only they'd offer a Tridentine Mass and put it back to good use.

Anonymous said...

Most attractive

Anonymous said...

Thanks KF. Nice to see how the renovations turned out.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pictures. They are amazing. I had not been in there since the renovation. Really beautiful.

Kingfish said...

This post is about the cathedral as art. Debating religion or Catholicism will not get approved.

Anonymous said...

This renovation is outstanding. There is no way to convey how wonderful the windows are on a bright day. The new paintings on the ceiling are outstanding in the colors are unusual. Thanks for such a beautiful "change of pace".

Anonymous said...

Photographer is very talented. The subject is also beautiful.

jason mc said...

have been attending this church for many years, the renovation is very much an improvement!!! as for the alter it actually contains an "artifact" of St. Peter so no getting rid of that! someone one actually does tours of the church and you can get it's history and information on all the goodies inside.

Anonymous said...

7:15 - KF -- THANKS -- As a Catholic, I appreciate your screening. Beautiful church -- reminiscent of those in Rome.

Anonymous said...

Just a note:

St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral is across from the front of the Governor's Mansion.

St. Peter's Catholic Cathedral is on the southwest corner of West and Amite and is diagonally across Amite from the back of the Governor's Mansion.

St. Andrew's certainly has beautiful windows and has recently undergone renovation and renewal also.

Visitors to our city might want to visit both Cathedrals, but the one featured in this article is slightly behind the Mansion across from Smith Park.

Love the photography!

Anonymous said...

You will have to get Galloway UMC after its renovation.

Anonymous said...

"The stained glass windows are copied from the works of Raphael and other masters"

I am outraged at this blatant admission. I am a direct descendant of Raphael and will seek my redress through the courts.

Vicki McDowell said...

Beautiful photo. Can not tell you how many times I attended Mass at St. Peter's,since I grew up going to the elementary and St. Joe High School. I have a great love for the Church. Thanks you for posting. Vicki McDowell

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