Old Saint Mary's Cathedral
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- Old Saint Mary's CathedralMember ofSpiritual SeekersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 6First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
The Old Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception is a proto-Cathedral and Parish that serves of the Chinatown and Nob Hill communities. Old St. Mary's Church was built in 1854 as San Francisco's First Cathedral, and is a California Historical Landmark. It has been served by the Paulist Fathers since 1901. It's not the huge successor Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption on Geary (AKA Our Lady of the Laundromat), and that's good. I love how the inner peace and humility that this First Church effects this very spiritual non-Catholic.
Under the clock face of Old St. Mary's appears the words: "Son, Observe the Time and Fly from Evil" (Ecclesiasticus 4:23). This sentiment was aimed at the men who frequented the surrounding brothels in the 1850s and still presents a modern message. It was in front of Old St. Mary's that Emperor Norton I collapsed in 1880, on his way to a lecture at the California Academy of Sciences. Old St. Mary's survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, only to be gutted a day later by the fires. The flames were so hot that they melted the church bells and marble altar. All that was left was the exterior brick walls and the bell tower. The renovation of the church was completed in 1909. The church further expanded and built an auditorium, a library and a lecture room and used that space in the future to host events for the servicemen and women of World War II.Recommended for:Spiritual Seekers
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