Speechless in Sedona… Chapel of the Holy Cross…

by | Sep 28, 2012


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Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, AZ

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a Roman Catholic chapel built into the mesas of Sedona, Arizona, which was inspired and commissioned by sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude. Richard Hein was chosen as project architect, and the design was executed by architect August K. Strotz, both from the firm of Anshen & Allen. The chapel is built on Coconino National Forest land; the late Senator Barry Goldwater assisted Staude in obtaining a special-use permit. The construction supervisor was Fred Courkos, who built the chapel in 18 months at a cost of US$300,000. The chapel was completed in 1956.[1]
The American Institute of Architects gave the Chapel its Award of Honor in 1957. In the sculptor’s words, “Though Catholic in faith, as a work of art the Chapel has a universal appeal. Its doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed, that God may come to life in the souls of all men and be a living reality.”
In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona,[2] and it is also the site of one of the so-called Sedona vortices.[citation needed]
The Chapel is one of the main tourist attractions in the Sedona area. It is open from 9am to 5pm daily and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, Good Friday and Easter.

Inside the Chapel
Judy slipped away while we were in the church and lit candles for our family members no longer with us and all the others we keep close to our hearts.   We were speechless exploring the grounds and the stunning views, very much like HD and 3D, allowing you to completely escape the reality of worldly thoughts.   All of it draws you into a spiritual state of mind.  We sat peacfully in prayer for a long time in the Chapel. 
Judy walking up to the Chapel

Judy at Tlaquepaque Villagehttp://www.tlaq.com/

View up from Chapel of the Holy Cross

View from Chapel of the Holy Cross

Road to Chapel of the Holy Cross
Chapel of the Holy Cross, photo taken by Judy
We are looking forward to the drive down Scenic 89A to Surprise, Arizona http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona_State_Route_89A to spend the day with dear friends Dennis & Judi Simpson.  So far, we “60 somethings” seem to be hanging in for the long journey that’s just a tad over two weeks now.  We’ll spend about a week in the Phoenix area exploring and visiting with friends and family.  A reunion is planned on October 2nd with Sparks family cousins I have not seen in over 50 years.  Frank Devine Jr. & Robin Coenen are 1st cousins I remember as a young boy during our family visits to Minnesota.  This will be a very special reunion and a non-stop talking gathering, including meeting the next generation of cousins.
Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

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Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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