Thursday, January 16, 2014

Low-country Gems

Over Christmas holidays we received a private tour of Beaufort's historic St. Peter's Church. We'd driven past it two years ago, on our way to another island for a camping trip, and the windows had been boarded up. I was curious about this church and by a stroke of luck (but I no longer believe in coincidences, just God-cidences) Michael and Max met a woman at the Marian Eucharistic Conference who knows the history of this church. She invited us to have a look and we had a lovely afternoon learning about the men and women who made this possible. What a beautiful, intimate space for worship! How many of us have that drive to build a church? 
An extended altar

The figures are raised and have depth to them
Keys of St. Peter match those on the stained glass!

In the confessional/sacristy
The Confederate flag still flies on the grave of the soldier who fought in the civil war.

Reminds me of my kitty

If you're ever visiting in Beaufort, go visit this gem! The graveyard is serene and beautiful too. Pick up a book by Pat Conroy, another gem of Beaufort, and bring some of the low-country home with you. I'm reading his memoir: The Water is Wide. If you want to be a teacher, this is a must-read.

All photos by Max Bodach


Faith E. Hough said...

First of all: Max, you have mad skills with a camera. :) These pictures are amazing.
Secondly, thanks for sharing them with us! Even across a computer screen, I feel so much more peaceful for having seen them. I can only imagine the tranquility of the actual place.

Marcia said...

That IS gorgeous.

And yes to Max's photography!

Mirka Breen said...

Love that town which I visited last March. I remember well the distinctive moss clinging to the trees.
I, too, no longer believe in coincidences. Not for important things, anyway.

Vijaya said...

Faith and Marcia, I love little churches and cemeteries and haunts. And Max is going to eat up your comments. He is an artist at heart.

Mirka, you were here?!!! Next time, look me up. I'd love to meet up with you. Will feed you too :) My sister and I often think about the seemingly, small insignificant things that really became important in our lives.

Bish Denham said...

What a lovely little church! Reminds me of a church on St. Thomas. And Max is a fabulous photographer.

Becky Shillington said...

What a wonderful worship space, and the pics are beautiful! Thanks for sharing this "Low Country Gem" with us! = )

Vijaya said...

Bish, I can imagine the lovely little treasures from what you've shared already.

Becky, I hope you get a chance to visit. Peaceful and beautiful.