Monday, July 31, 2017

Immaculate Conception Church, Tarrytown, NY

The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Tarrytown, New York, was first founded in 1917. The parish moved to various locations until they were able to buy the current site, formerly St. Mark's Episcopal Church, in 1956. The parishoners came together and were able to renovate (and reconstruct) the church so that it was usable by Advent in 1957. The Gothic Revival style makes for a very fine church, indeed. The church transferred from the Achdiocese of New York to the Westchester Maronite Catholic Mission, which has renamed the parish St. John Paul II Maronite Catholic Church at Immaculate Conception. The weekend liturgies include Roman Catholic Masses, Maronite Divine Liturgy, and the Traditional Latin Mass. We went to the 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass on our way to Boston.

Immaculate Conception Church

View from the back (which is the main entrance for the parishoners)

The church has the classic high ceiling and nave with two side aisles seen in most Gothic churches. 


 The altar is simple and unassuming, letting the liturgy take the center stage, though the stained glass window above the altar is quite impressive.

Main altar

Cross over the altar

Stained glass over the altar (click to enlarge)

 The other windows are also expressive and inspiring.

Stained glass on the aisle

What appears to be a more modern window in the back

Agony in the Garden/Burial in the Garden

The view from the altar shows the nice symmetry of the church.

Looking back to the choir loft

Stations of the cross are done in mosaic with large, vivid images.

Station 6--Veronica Wipes Jesus' Face

Station 13--Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

 The church is full of nice statues though they are mostly in the back. The nave doesn't have any niches for statues and most are on tables.

St. Anne and the young Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Frances Cabrini (in a niche!)

St. John the Baptist

 St. Maron (founder of the liturgy) is depicted in a painting by the confessionals.

St. Maron

The baptismal font is in the back and I was surprised to find it with a faucet!

Baptismal Font and Pascal Candle

One of the nearby pillars has the sacred oils used in baptism and confirmation, along with a small altar.

Olea Sacra!

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