About an hour and a half north of Dallas sits St. Peter Catholic Church of Lindsay, Texas. It is one of the famous "painted churches" of Texas, a tradition thought up by German and Czech immigrants who wanted to lavishly decorate their parishes on a budget. Most of these churches can be found between Austin and Houston, but St. Peter's is very much in the opposite direction, closer to the Oklahoma border.
From the photos I've seen of the other painted churches, St. Peter's seems to be uniquely patterned with geometric shapes, and since its founding the parish has been able to afford a decent set of stained glass windows to add to the decor. The current building dates back to 1918 after it was rebuilt from a tornado strike.
St. Peter's was brought to Mr. Grump's attention when a priest wandered in to a cigar shop being frequented by His Traddiness and yours truly. Fr. Smokey was kind enough to regale us with tales and photographs of a few beautiful Texas churches. I decided to devote a Sunday morning for the road trip. A few of my own photos are below.
|Parking lot entrance. St. Peregrine sits to the right. The church is easily the largest structure in the whole town.|
|The main altar. Everything behind the altar (window excluded) is painted.|
|A wider view of the sanctuary, including the pulpit and abat-voix.|
|Mary's altar. At the far right, you can see a cylindrical speaker painted to match the wall.|
|A rather strange interpretation of St. Joseph and the Christ Child.|
|A bit of stained glass in the Marian altar corner.|
|One of the colorful ceiling patterns.|
|A side aisle.|
|A view of the organ and choir loft. The choir was quite good.|
|Above the sanctuary.|
|The small but cozy baptistery.|
|One of the Stations of the Cross.|
|Part of a series of scenes from the life of St. Benedict.|
|A view from the rear.|
|Bell tower and front entrance.|