Locals call St. Mary's of High Hill the "Queen of Painted Churches" on account of its varied colors, considerable imagery, and slightly larger scale when contrasted with the neighboring parishes. Stained glass from the older, 1869 church adorns the current building. Unlike the gilded Czech church in Flatonia, the softer, darker wood create a more somber mood.
The style follows the 19th century fashion of Marian and Josephite altars with a Sacred Heart statue somewhere near the altar. The baptismal font has been relocated according to the Pian-Pauline novelties.
The greater size of the church permits a greater variety of statuary, images, and nook for devotion. Statues of Roman virgin martyrs (Cecilia and Agnes come to mind) grace the northern columns inside the church while medieval mendicants (Francis, Anthony) stand over the south pillars. Saints became more modern towards the front of the parish.
While a more impressive church than its cohort in Flatonia, this author prefers the cheery openness of St. Mary of the Assumption. Still, who knew Texas had such gems?