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First Carrick Church Walk an inspirational stroll


December 20, 2011

Visitors were treated to beautiful stained glass windows throughout their walking tour of Carrick's churchs.

The first historical@all denomination Advent Carrick Church Walk took place on@a beautiful fall day, Sunday, Dec. 11.

Visitors were invited to walk or stop at all the churches on the tour, or visit each one individually, taking time to talk to the greeters or just sit peacefully in contemplation or prayer. Along Brownsville Road the tour proceeded from The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer to St. Basil Roman Catholic Church, Concord Presbyterian Church, Zion Christian Church, St. Pius X Byzantine Catholic Church, Birmingham United Church of Christ and finally Stewart Avenue Evangelical Lutheran Church, or in reverse.

A historic booklet was available to all describing the history of each church and their unique features. On this bright sunny day, the stained glass windows glowed magnificently, showering a colorful but@venerable stillness inside making each church feel more holy yet inviting and peaceful.

All of the churches had their own uniqueness but welcoming atmosphere: St. Basil's added fresh incense to fill the air, while Zion's choir and musician played for the visitors, and, while beautiful music filled the spaces at others, silence respected the solemnest of others.

Refreshments both hot and cold along with sweets of all kinds were available for famished pedestrians providing warmth and sustenance on their journey. Visitors were welcomed to return for Christmas Day prayers, all holy day masses, or just simply to hear warm comforting words throughout the year.


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