Monday, April 7, 2008

Cathedral of the Incarnation


Home to more than 2300 Catholic families, the Cathedral of the Incarnation is on West End Blvd. just west of downtown Nashville. The Cathedral is actually the third cathedral for the diocese: The first, Holy Rosary wa demolished, and the second, St. Mary's, still exists but is too small. Completed in 1914, the church mimics the style of the Roman basilicas and actually is patterned after two churches in Rome, St Martin's (the church itself) and St. Damasse (the belltower). To the left is the church rectory. The school is no longer in use.

The term cathedral comes from the Latin cathedra which means chair or throne. Hence, a cathedral is home to the bishop of a diocese. While the bishop normally does live in a cathedral's rectory and say Mass at the cathedral many times, however, the cathedral does have its own pastor and staff. Included in the staff is Coti, Fr. Patrick Kibby's dog. Any idea how she got her name?

If you would like to read more about the Cathedral history, click here.

15 comments:

Chuck Pefley said...

Chris, thanks for your one hand comment today-:) Wish you a speedy return to normalcy with complete use of both hands and arms.

I must say, though, for someone typing with only one hand you are sure adding many words to the screen!

I hope the flooding in your area is subsiding. Great week to you with your experience of "on the other hand" .... ~Chuck

Olivier said...

une belle architecture, j'aime beaucoup les cathédrales. J'espère que tu vas mieux et que ton opération c'est bien passé. Il faut prendre son temps après pour bien récupérè.

A beautiful architecture, I love cathedrals. I hope you go well and that your operation went well. We must take after his time to properly retrieve.

Chris said...

chuck- i pre-wrote some of the posts and cut and pasted most comments today. i just wanted people to know i was visiting!
olivier- merci

Bergson said...

I wish you a good health.
I hope that you find the use of the two hands quickly

Carlos said...

I particularly enjoyed the analysis of the word's etymology. Thanks Chris.

Kim said...

Hey Chris! This cathedral seems to be missing something design-wise. I can't put my finger on it, but the front seems to be in need of a bell tower or two. I wonder if they economized and just didn't build something that was initially part of the plan. I bet the inside is beautiful.
Hope your recovery is going better than expected and that your healing is completed quickly. Hang in there!
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo
PS- Here is something to take your mind off any discomfort you may have: Friends of mine are in a great band called The Bittersweets. They are playing near you at 3rd & Lindsey on April 10 at 7PM. Worth your while if you can make it and like alt music. Samples of their work are in my sidebar. -K.

brian said...

i like the shape of this building. best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Rambling Round said...

A different kind of church architecture...and interesting about the organization.

George Townboy said...

Hope you are recovering well!

Love the church and the history ... great post!

Krystin said...

I love this cathedral. Thank you so much for posting these pictures from around NashVegas! I moved back to my hometown in Texas to help my best friend plan her wedding and I desperately miss Music City. It's great to see these pictures and feel like I'm really right there with you.

slinger said...

I originally picked Memphis as my championship team, but then chickened out, I mean, changed my mind because Conference USA is not a power conference. I was rooting for Memphis and couldn't believe all of their missed free throws at the end. What a bummer!

Slinger - Daily Photos from the Twin Cities

Rosy said...

Hope your shoulder is feeling much better.

I really like the pink colored flowers on the trees below on other post.

Lawstude said...

nice shot! =)

oldmanlincoln said...

This is suck a bulky building I thought sure it was a southwestern adobe building whose names I have flat out forgot...Duh.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio.

Steve Buser said...

Hope you shoulder heals quickly. Your visits are greatly appreciated. Even the one hand ones.