Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Cross in the Woods

Just before you get to Mackinaw City, you pass a town called Indian River.  In that town, they  have the Cross in the Woods.
 Originally called the Indian River Catholic Shrine, it was renamed Cross in the Woods in 1983.  The main feature is the crucifix which stands on the grounds.  It was created by Marshall Fredericks and was cast out of bronze in Norway.  The Christ figure ways 28 tons and was one of the largest castings to be shipped across the Atlantic.  The cross itself is made out of redwood.
 There are various religious sculptures on the grounds and this all constitutes a Catholic Shrine.  As I've said before, I'm not particularly religious but I do like to take pictures of religious things.  This is a statue of Mary.
 The Cross stands in front of an outdoor church and they hold masses everyday (although I think those might be held in the indoor church).
 I loved the way the light was hitting the cross.
 These represent the 28 steps that Jesus allegedly had to walk up before he was condemned by Pontius Pilate.  One of the rituals is to climbs these steps on your knees.
 I guess this is a more topical sculpture since it is St. Francis of Assissi and the new Pope is Francis.
 Another angle of the cross.
 A sculpture of the Holy Family.
 I wanted an angle that captured the full effect of the church and the cross.  I would have to admit this would be a pretty cool setting for a church.
 A sculpture of St. Peregrine, the patron saint of cancer patients.
 Another sculpture of Mary.
 Since this is along a highway, I guess there should be a mention of Mary of the Highways.
 I kind of liked the setting of the cross through the trees.
The main building was designed by Alden Dow, who was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.  The building itself blends into its surroundings pretty well.

1 comment:

therese said...

I believe the first sculpture that was identified as " Mary" is actually Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawk, the patron saint of this shrine.. She used to place crosses in the woods, wherever she went.