Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Confessional

Parede parish church.

For those who don't know how this works:
If you are a catholic, instead of talking straight to God, you put yourself on your knees, open these two little doors and, whispering, you tell your sins through the grid to the unknown man on the other side. That man is a priest who will forgive you in the name of God and decide what your penitence will be, that is, how many prayers you have to say.

12 comments:

tr3nta said...

The "azulejos" are great...

Virginia said...

JM
This is just beautiful. I might have to go back for another quick look. So much to see.

Marcel said...

I agree it is beautiful. And this photo makes me remember my youth.

Tanya said...

So interesting and very beautiful. Love all the detail, maybe this makes it easier to confess ;)

JM said...

As I was walking through Parede with my camera I noticed this church was opened and decided to go inside; the confessional caught my eye at once, as I have never been there before. I agree with you, it's beautiful.
But when it comes to confession, and because I respect everyone's beliefs, I have just explained what the confessional stands for as I would have done if it was a muslin or a hindu practice.

Thank you for stopping by.

USelaine said...

The artistry of the tiles and window are lovely. Like Tanya said, maybe it makes it easier to do.

Jules said...

What a stunning spot to "'fess up" as we say in Australia!!!

Would love these tiles on my wall.

Kuanyin Moi said...

I just photographed a confessional in Ecuador. They are charming, and I especially like your photo of this one.

april said...

Wonderful, it looks a bit Arabian.

Hilda said...

This is probably the most ornate confessional I have ever seen! Wow.

Per Stromsjo said...

April is right, there's a taste of Arabia to all of this.

JM said...

Well, Per, that's perfectly normal as Arabs have occupied the south of Iberia until the 12th century, leaving many signs behind. We still have some current words begining by 'al'!There is nothing more arabic than that. :-)