I love going into churches and lighting candles. I’ve done it for as long as I can remember being able to do it. It is like my own private time away from the hustle and bustle, and a way to just think. The actual part of lighting the candle, always makes me feel like i have just connected with a higher power or my angel spirit guides so to take the time in my day or week to just do this, is significant moving forward. It is also a great time to reflect on life and to just be grateful for all the things I have in life. I don’t really care which church it is, Catholic or Orthodox because the point of it, is not to support a particular religious denomination, but for me, rather a way to have a place to go where I can feel connected.
It was important when I came to Quebec in Canada, to find a place that I felt connected. I am still searching for places but lucky for me, Veronique introduced me to St Basilicas. The church itself is a Catholic based church and it is apparently one of the most beautifulest ones in the world arena of churches. Considering I have had the pleasure of enjoying the St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, St Peters Cathedral in Rome, as well as Rome itself, and the various Greek Orthodox Churches in Sydney, Wollongong, Mangrove Mountain and the wonderful greek churches on the Greek Islands in Greece, I think I am in a position to comment on the validity of this churches ranking compared to the others. I loved it inside. I loved the displays and angel sculptures that were handcrafted. The blue in the window stain was bright and stood out. The detail was intricate and beautiful. It was grand. It felt like there had been so much effort put into each icon hand made and the ceilings and stained windows. The pictures will be the easiest to show.
My biggest concern and the part that made me feel for a moment disconnected from the actual church was the fact that you had to pay $5 per person to just look inside the church. I am someone who is honest and always donates inside. In fact, I light the candles too and always pay money for this honour. To be forced to pay a fee to enter turned it into a business experience rather than a spiritual connection to be invited inside and welcomed off the street in prayer alone. I felt deeply conflicted with this and was extremely bothered by it. I questioned the staff, to which they replied, they had to pay people to maintain the church and also have it open to the public etc etc. I understand this but so does every other church and they don’t all charge entry fees. We are not going to a theme park for goodness sake. Due to the entry fee, when you enter the church, people are really more interested in taking photos and getting their moneys worth rather than just going in there and being humble and quiet and connecting.
This is the church below. If you are in Montreal, I recommend to go and see it but make sure you have your entry fee.