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Northern Maine Adventure

July 2nd, 2014

Last July  I drove to the Mont-Carmel Church in Lille, Maine. Built in 1909, this church is on the National Register of Historic places because it is the most intact and architecturally significant of the surviving historic wooden Catholic churches in Maine.

The historic Acadian style of the church include its wooden structure, clapboard exterior, simple wooden moldings, and beautiful hand‑marbleized interior columns. The twin Baroque-style belfries of the church house two 7′ archangels blowing trumpets sculpted in 1908 by Quebec sculptor Louis Jobin. They face Canada in order to ‘call’ people in their homeland.

Today, Mont-Carmel is held by a non-profit organization, which is restoring the church building as a museum and a performing arts center. Last July they held a concert of traditional Gregorian chant music. Gregorian chanting is unaccompanied sacred song (in Latin) of the Roman Catholic Church. The style originated in the 9th century and is traditionally sung by choirs of men/boys in churches or by men/women in religious orders during mass. Thankfully,  Gregorian chant seems to be undergoing a popular resurgence in the Catholic church.

I have listened to Gregorian chanting before and find it both solemn and meditative. That night was no different. I was very relaxed by the time the concert was finished. Then I drove home white knuckled because it was dark and I was afraid of hitting a moose! I was so happy Glen was on the other end of the phone to keep me company and share my thoughts about the concert with me. It was a special evening.

Musee Mont-Carmel Altar

Musee Mont-Carmel Altar

 

Musee Mont-Carmel Ceiling

Musee Mont-Carmel Ceiling

 

Musee Mont-Carmel from Balcony

Musee Mont-Carmel from Balcony

 

Musee Mont-Carmel Trumpeting Angel

Musee Mont-Carmel Trumpeting Angel

 

Musee Mont-Carmel

Musee Mont-Carmel

 

 

 

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