An inscription on this stone carving of a bishop's mitre at the side of the main entrance reads: "Pray for the soul of John, Second Bishop of Mobile."
The red and white nave is very beautiful. The soaring sixty-foot-tall barrel vaulted ceiling and ample windows make the room airy and light.
The boy Jesus plays at Mary's feet while she spins yarn, his father Joseph looks on, and a benevolent God keeps watch over all:
The Assumption of Mary into Heaven:
Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven by her Son:
In between the windows are the Stations of the Cross, a tradition I do not have in my own religion, but which I have come to appreciate. Fourteen figures represent the Passion of the Christ and are to be viewed in order as one walks around the perimeter of the church while meditating on these final moments of Christ's life.
It begins with Christ being condemned to death, and then carrying his cross.
He falls for the first time, and then meets his mother:
Simon the Cyrene helps to carry the cross, and Veronica wipes Jesus' face:
Jesus falls the second time, and then meets the women of Jerusalem:
He falls the third time, and then is stripped of his clothing:
The crucifixion and subsequent death of Christ:
Jesus' body is removed from the cross and placed in the tomb.
The last part of the cathedral we viewed was the Crypt Chapel, created in 1962 for deceased bishops. The entrance is a circular stairway placed among the pews:
A bronze bust of a passionate Christ watches visitors descend the stairs:
Not too far away is a more peaceful depiction of Christ holding live flowers:
Wrought iron gates prevent access to the crypt:
But my camera gave me a good view of the colorful, modern painting of the crucifixion:
. . . and the individual crypts in the wall: