Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Holy Family Sculpture by Steve Rose of Boston Ice Effects

It was cold in Copley Square yesterday but well worth the layering, hand warmers jammed into pockets, etc to watch the action as this depiction of the Holy Family emerged from blocks of ice. Weather permitting you should be able to view this life-sized outdoor sculpture between 4:30 and 7:30 daily into the New Year. Located on the Boylston Street side of Trinity Church near the statue of Phillips Brooks.

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Trinity Church in Copley Square. Boston

Well, I can tell you, with a little behind the scenes knowledge, that the only things missing from this view of Trinity Church are the four large wreaths that will hang from the columns of the church’s now brightly lit west porch and a life-size ice scene of the nativity sculpted by local artist Steve Rose of Boston Ice Effects. The sculpture will be located near the Phillips Brooks statue on the Boylston Street side of the church and will also be illuminated. This decoration is just one part of the church’s reimagining its traditional Candlelight Carols. Festivities begin this Saturday December 19th including the launch of Trinity’s first ever “Christmas Peek.”

The church’s Copley Square doors will then be open for visitors to step into a glassed alcove for a glimpse of a festive tableau. Featuring a grove of Christmas trees decorated with lights, stars, and parishioners’ ornaments, and Trinity’s worship space decked with greenery, poinsettias, and crèche, the experience will be joyfully accented with the sights and sounds of Candlelight Carols playing on large screens and airing through speakers facing the Square. The Christmas Peek will then remain open from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on most evenings (including Christmas Eve) through the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. With safety and wellness a presiding concern, the program will abide the state’s COVID-19 protocols.

Via the following link you can find out more details about the launch and how you can participate in person or virtually. https://www.trinitychurchboston.org/event/opening-night-of-candlelight-carols

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The sun was shining bright in Copley Square yesterday. There is some lovely minimalist holiday decoration in the pond.

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… they are Edward Burne-Jones angels.  Eighteen of them in a series of windows that are often referred to as the Christmas Windows, located inside Trinity Church in the City of Boston.  As I’ve written about before on this blog, these windows depict The Journey into Egypt, Worship of the Magi, and Wonder of the Shepherds.  The windows were designed by Burne-Jones and executed by William Morris in 1882.

Photographing these angels is very much a work in progress.  I’ve only captured eight so far and not all to my satisfaction.  British historian Fiona McCarthy once wrote what would Christmas be without a Burne-Jones angel.

Maybe that is the goal I can set for myself.  Before Christmas to have photographed all eighteen angels.  Wouldn’t that be something? We’ll see.  You know I’ll share if I succeed. 😉

Meanwhile, learn more about visiting Trinity Church and seeing the angels for yourself via this link: http://trinitychurchboston.org/art-history/tours

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A few Christmas and holiday postcards and notecards available here and here and here.  You’ll notice a few colorful stamps as well. Enjoy. 😉


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After eating all of that bread mentioned in the previous post, let alone all of the other holiday goodies, a walk was necessary.  We chose a favorite spot, Revere Beach.  No snow upon the ground, but it was cold as evidenced by the water frozen in shells upon the shore.  A bright sun illuminated everything even if it did not warm.

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