Wednesday, June 1, 2011

There ...

After returning from New York, we spent one day unpacking, doing laundry, and repacking and on Friday, May 20th, we packed up the car yet again and began driving South.

Our first day driving included lunch in Richmond at Wendys and then a Chilis To-Go dinner in our hotel in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Day two driving took us to Savannah for lunch at Tony Roma's (we hadn't eaten at one in so long as there are no more left in Maryland!), a little strolling around historic Savannah, and ice cream at Leopold's, which has been scooping it up since 1919. We stayed overnight just south of Jacksonville, Florida and, on day three we drove to St. Augustine, Florida.

Now, I'd been to St. Augustine once before. I was a teenager and we stopped there for a day on the way to my aunt's and uncle's house. My parents and brothers spent that day touring the historic city. I spent the day sick as a dog in the hotel room after throwing up on the fort, Castillo de San Marcos. So while I'd been there, I hadn't really seen anything other than the inside of that hotel room.

We had some time before Mass, so we stopped at the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche. I've been nursing the better part of the last 5 1/2 years, so I was particularly curious.

This was where Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded the town of St. Augustine on September 8, 1565. On the same date, Fr. Fancisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales held high the cross and celebrated the first parish Mass.

Cecilia on the bridge to the shrine.

Cecilia, Felicity, Elizabeth and James before the statue of Fr. Lopez.

Felicity, Elizabeth and James at the tomb and memorial for the unborn.

"Our Lady of the Milk and Happy Delivery" - What a wonderful title!!! I LOVE it!

Isn't it beautiful? It looks like a mini Alamo covered in ivory.

I love this shot. So simple with a heavenly glow.

Close up of Our Lady of the Milk and Happy Delivery.

"The Great Cross: Elevated to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Augustine and the Mission de Nombre de Dios"

After walking around the shrine, we went to the Cathedral for Sunday Mass. It was a beautiful church. My photos don't do it justice but they came out pretty well.

St. Augustine preaching.

The nave.

A small side chapel to St. Joseph

St. Augustine and St. Monica

The baptism of St. Augustine by St. Ambrose. 

St. Augustine and St. Alipius

The Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament

Beatutiful Last Supper detail above the tabernacle.

Easter Candle.

Scenes from the life of St. Augustine to the right of the altar.

The altar.

More scenes from the life of St. Augustine on the wall at the back of the church.

The ecstasy of St. Augustine.

St. Augustine on the shore talking to a child.

Side altar to the Blessed Virgin

Miracle at the Shrine of St. Stephen at Hippo

Side altar to St. Patrick. (I'm a little curious why there is an altar to St. Patrick - anyone know?)

The death of St. Monica.

St. Augustine reads the rules of the order. 

St. Augustine parish is the oldest Catholic parish within the present day United States.

After walking around in 90-something heat at the Shrine and then Mass, the girls all were of the same mind until we reached our destination of Orlando.

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