Formerly called "The German Cathedral" due to its South German neo-Gothic style, St. Alphonsus Catholic Church is a ... More
St. Alphonsus Church
Formerly called "The German Cathedral" due to its South German neo-Gothic style, St. Alphonsus Catholic Church is a historic landmark designed by the famous architect Robert Cary Long in 1845. Many saints, including Blessed George Matulaitis and St. John Neumann, have prayed here, making this church a place of religious importance in the Catholic community.
I attended Mass in early December of 2007 in St. Alphonsus Church. What a beautiful Church! The architecture is superb and the altar is, thankfully, intact with the Blessed Sacrament given the central place of honor in the tabernacle above the altar. I was able to receive communion at the marble altar rail; something I haven’t been able to do in a very long time. The Mass was peaceful and the choir sang beautifully. It made me feel as though I was truly in the midst of God. The Church is very old, and has historic significance not only to the people of Baltimore but to anyone who visits. I recommend this wonderful haven of tranquility and fine example of architecture when visiting the city. I know you will find it as inspiring as I did.
This church was started in 1842 and completed in 1845, and was designed by the eminent architect, Robert Cary Long. It is patterned after the Cathedral of St. Stephen in Vienna, and exhibits the Southern German Gothic style. It is 154 feet long, 68 feet wide. The ceilings in the centre aisle are 50 feet high, and in the side aisles, 40 feet. The tower and spire, completed in 1855, is 210 feet high to the top of the cross and contains 5 bells cast by the McShane Bell Foundry of Baltimore. The interior boasts a magnificent ribbed ceiling and a glittering decor. The main altar and reredos thankfully remain, as does the marble Communion rail. Several fine examples of Meyer stained glass are in the sanctuary, whilst the nave windows, unfortunately, are of mid-19th century pot-metal glass of various designs. The Mother of Perpetual Help picture dates from 1871. The church boasts a peacful meditative atmosphere which is both traditional and devotional. A must see and a must return.
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