At our last activity, the MTC youth met at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. This church is the official seat of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and is the largest Christian church in the U.S. (4th largest in the world!). It is built in the Gothic and Romanesque styles of Medieval cathedrals, laid one stone at a time with no steel frames or any other modern shortcuts. And it is actually still under construction—122 years and counting! Finished or not, this is a beautiful and impressive church and we had a great time exploring it together.
We stopped at several places in and around the cathedral to learn more about its history and construction, in addition to learning about the Reformation and various Protestant denominations in general. Among our stops were the large Rose Window with a beautiful depiction of Christ, the massive bronze doors illustrating various Bible stories, the baptistery with a layout similar to those found in our temples, and the altar, the equivalent of our sacrament table and full of rich symbolism of Christ’s Atonement. We appreciated the welcoming spirit of the cathedral and the opportunity to learn so much in this beautiful setting.