LIFE AS MYTH

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JOURNAL 2013

A living myth

Seven year cycles

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WINTER 2013

A living faith

Index 2013

The winter's tale

A living cathedral

The visionary messenger

The chapels of the seven tongues

The chapel of Saint Ansgar

The chapel of Saint Boniface

The chapel of Saint Columba

The chapel of Saint Savior

The chapel of Saint Martin

The chapel of Saint Ambrose

The chapel of Saint James

A living faith

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WINTER 2013
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THE CHAPEL OF SAINT JAMES

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(above) Saint Teresa of Avila (left) The chapel of Saint James, The chapels of the seven tongues, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. 2013.

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Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), Spanish writer, nun, mystic

Henry Vaughan, noted designer of the Washington Cathedral, designed three chapels at the cathedral: Saint Ansgar (1918), Saint Boniface (1916), and the last chapel of the seven tongues, Saint James (1916). His architectural style and detailing is a fusion of fourteenth century English and thirteenth century French. The stained glass windows are pictorial and feature portraits of Spanish writers, artists and mystics, including Cervantes, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, and El Greco.

This chapel is one of the larger in the cathedral, seating 250, and containing an Aeolian-Skinner organ with 857 pipes. Due to these special features, this chapel often serves as a space for weddings, funerals, worship services and musical concerts.

This chapel is dedicated to all Spanish immigrants and is named for Saint James, one of the twelve apostles and patron saint of Spain. Saint James is also the patron saint of sufferers of arthritis and rheumatism, apothecaries, blacksmiths, equestrians, furriers, knights, laborers, pharmacists, pilgrims, soldiers, tanners, and veterinarians. King Herod Agrippa ordered his beheading, making him the first saint to be martyred. His feast day is July 25.

 

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