Histortic Saint Anne de Detroit Churches Lends Tradition to Wedding Ceremony

167Philip and Erin had a beautiful wedding last month at the historic Saint Anne De Detroit Catholic Church.  The present church is the 8th structure of the parish of Saint Anne’s which was founded in 1701, a mere two days after Cadillac and his people landed at Detroit.  The church contains many relics from the 1818 stone church which stood on Bates Street.  Among its treasures are: the 1818 cornerstone, the main alter, the intricately hand carved communion rail, the “Beaubien Bell” and the statue of Ste. Ann and her daughter, Mary.  It also contains the oldest stained glass in the city.  Of particular interest on the exterior of the building are the flying buttresses, a feature fairly common in gothic churches in Europe, but unusual in the “new world”.  Four gargoyles guard the main entrance on the north façade.

Father Ray Sayers led the ceremony which included a communion.  Director of Music and Liturgy, Christopher Loeffler, was a tremendous help to us with cues and performed select solo pieces during the postlude.  This was a treat for us as the church has a 26-rank pipe organ and a reverberation time typical of some of the finest European churches.  The ceremony certainly had an “old world” feel rich with tradition.  We send Erin and Philip our best wishes!

Saint Anne de Detroit Catholic Church

 

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