A Church in Transition

Today I took photos at a special liturgy (mass) in recognition of the priests, nuns and members of the monastery of our Byzantine Catholic Church. Our church, St. Peter and Paul in Erie, PA, is in transition from the more contemporary Latin influenced style of the late 20th century to the more traditional Byzantine style complete with painted icons, an iconostas (icon screen), and new restoration all over the church. Here’s another session that I shot in available light, combining window light through stained glass and flourescent highlighs in the church. Most of the images were at very high ISO and low shutter speed which I shot with a variety of lenses on a monopod.

The church restoration will be complete next June and we will have a great rededication ceremony for the church and our growing community. One interesting difference between Byzantine Catholic and Roman Catholic is that the entire service (divine liturgy) is sung and chanted – there are no musical instruments. It is very solemn and spirutal.