Sunday, February 8, 2009

Kissing the Spire (039/365)

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I'm looking for a new direction
Where in the world am I?
I took the word the word was resurrection
and then you took me out to climb

Higher and higher
higher and higher
higher and higher
Kissing the spires
higher and higher
  higher and higher
higher and higher
Souls on fire

Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch and Les Pattinson, Echo and the Bunnymen, "New Direction", Echo and the Bunnymen, Album, Warner Bros., 1987

TIME: 1:19 PM
PLACE: National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
SUBJECT: Millennium Spire and Candelarium

DramaQueen achieved high honors for the quarter.  Our school recognizes those who do this with a Sunday brunch at the Shrine.  It's a great brunch.  Scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage, salad, mashed potatoes, green beans, roast beef, fried chicken, hot wings and dessert.  I went with her today, while HandsomeHusband took Monkeyboy and StellaDella to a ham and beans lunch.  After our brunch we drove around the Shrine grounds for a bit and I stopped to snap this photo.  The spire was built in response to Pope John Paul II's call to prepare for the Great Jubilee 2000 as a time full of hope, "a new springtime of Christianity."  This spire is 85' tall and overlooks the Shrine's Amphitheatre.  At the base of the Spire, where I took this photo, you can make a prayer request with a votive candle.  However, due to the season, none were lit today.  The Shrine also has a nice playground with a fountain for the kids to splash in.  It's wonderful to go to on a hot summer's day.  I am soooo looking forward to doing that again!


Dot O said...

What a cool shot!!! I sure miss having John Paul II as our pope. What a great way to remember him.

Sounds like the brunch was delish!

Really love that spire, though.

Mari said...

That is an awesome picture. Good job!

SuzyHomemaker said...

Dot O - I liked John Paul II too. I can't believe that it's been 9 years since it was built!

Mari - Thank you!

Christina said...

Nice angle ~ cool shot!!!

Robert Hill said...

I love the angle.

SuzyHomemaker said...

Christina - Thank you!

Robert - Thanks!