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Mission Memoirs
Mission Memoirs Quantity in Basket: None
Code: 0932653308
Price: $39.95
Shipping Weight: 1.00 pounds
The majesty of the Church captured in the simplicity of the California missions and brought to you in this imposing book

On a dreary day in mid-December photographer Terry Ruscin sat in a pew in the church at Mission San Luis Rey de Francia and listened to Handel’s Messiah.

“The church’s pillars drew my eyes upward; huge stenciled beams hugged the heights; and high-set windows revealed the extraordinary thickness of the distempered walls. Like the voices of the choir, the church’s interior seemed to soar heavenward—the majesty of the music echoed in the architecture. Evident was the energy of those who built the mission nearly two-hundred years before—in the light of the flickering candles, in the warm hues of the fading distemper paintings, in the wooden seats worn smooth by generations of worshipers....I felt impelled to learn more....At that moment, I vowed to visit all twenty-one California missions, photograph them, and pen my perceptions.”

The resulting book is an achievement that, although not written from a Catholic viewpoint, lets Catholics into the world of each of the 21 California missions by a man with a great appreciation for the people who founded them, their art, history, and architecture. We’ve never seen anything like it. It’s a perfect gift—or a major addition to your home and library

Just look at the riches here...

  • 142 full-color photographs—18 of them full page
  • 150 black and white or duotone photos—24 full page
  • Illustrated tissue over leafs for each mission
  • Historical background for each mission
  • Before and after pictures show what the missions were like originally and how they have been restored today
  • Visitor information for each mission in case you plan a visit
  • Map of California with the location of each mission
  • A full section of detailed captions and data on all of the images within the book
  • Glossary of terms: What is a balustrade, a cuartel, a narthex, and many more
  • Attractive illustrated endpapers with a sepia rendition of an original document written by Junípero Serra
  • Index and bibliography
  • Huge 13 x 11 size
  • Printed throughout on thick, expensive glossy paper
  • Foreword by Msgr. Francis J. Weber of the San Fernando Mission

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