Friday, December 17, 2010

Église Saint Marceau

This is the Église Saint Marceau, in the Saint Marceau quartier (district) of Orléans... The banner above the entrance lists that Christmas Eve masses will be held at a reasonable 6:30 and 8:30 p.m... I recall my first Christmas Eve after arriving in France... I was surprised that we were going to an actual midnight mass and that dinner was being served after church!

A little history on this site: the first account of Saint Marceau being used as a place of worship dates to 893. The building was reconstructed in 1082 and served for centuries as a priory. It was destroyed during the siege of Orléans in 1428 and later razed again by the Huguenots in 1567. In 1739, a violent storm knocked down its steeple. The current structure was built between 1888 and 1891 and consecrated in May of 1901. Later it was a victim of American bombings in 1944... Saint Marceau has surely seen its share of suffering...

As we continue to approach closer to Christmas, I'll feature more churches from around this area.... Some are quite spectacular...

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