On Earth as it is in Heaven
Gothic Revival Churches of Victorian New Brunswick
Gregg Finley and Lynn Wigginton
Mum had ordered a navy-blue dress with a white collar from the Eaton’s catalogue for me to wear on Easter Sunday. For what seemed like weeks, I had been waiting and today the package finally arrived in the mail. When I opened it, I was very disappointed to find a substitution had been made. They had sent a mauve one with a purple collar. I disliked everything about that dress.
Mum noticed my displeasure and announced, she would take me to the ‘city’ on Saturday when Gramp took the cream cans to General Dairies. I hoped we would be able to find a dress with a matching hat.
When Gramp picked us up, I was some excited. My excitement mounted even more as we neared the city. I am not certain if Gram’s suggestion to watch for church steeples was a way to keep my tongue from wagging at both ends or she really wanted me to notice the architecture of churches. No matter what her reason, I became totally fascinated. It seemed no two houses of worship looked the same.
A large format coffee-table book of 225 pages, titled, ‘On Earth as it is in Heaven - Gothic Revival Churches of Victorian New Brunswick’ by Gregg Finley and Lynn Wigginton, published in 1995, explores the legacy of New Brunswick’s churches and examines the architecture and furnishings of the 19th century houses of God. In so doing, the publication provides a great deal of information on the history of churches in New Brunswick.
Included in the more than 100 original paintings and drawings by visual artist, Lynn Wigginton are, Belfry of Holy Trinity in St. Marys, United Church of Youngs Cove, a skyline of Saint John with the steeples of Stone Church and the Immaculate Conception, Wooden Angels in St. Paul’s in the Valley in Saint John, Steeple detail of Trinity Church in Kingston, the Pulpit in the Greenock Church in St. Andrews, Free Meeting House in Moncton, the Altar of St. Pierre-aux-Liens in Caraquet and St. Andrew’s in French Village.
The list of the surviving Anglican Churches from the Episcopate of Bishop John Medley gives the location and date of consecration or construction.
In 1845, John Medley came from England to become the first Anglican Bishop of New Brunswick. With him, he brought ideas, architects and architectural designs which would influence change in the appearance of Protestant and Roman Catholic churches throughout the province.
As you visit your house of worship on this Easter Sunday, pause to look at its design. Take time to think of the members of the congregation and the clergy who worked so hard to leave a legacy to future generations.
‘On Earth as it is in Heaven - Gothic Revival Churches of Victorian New Brunswick’ by Gregg Finley and Lynn Wigginton can be found in several libraries in New Brunswick.
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