Apr 05

Palm Sunday in Vietnam

by in The Other Stuff

Wow. This is one gorgeous Catholic Church in Phoenix.

Okay, so maybe I wasn’t in Vietnam, but visiting the Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church in Phoenix on Palm Sunday was about as close as I could get with the RV. From the road, only the large silver crosses on the roof suggest the enormous Temple is Christian.

A very nice parishioner proudly gave us a tour of the place. He told us about all the imported statues and images, as well as, the story of the French missionaries and the Vietnamese martyrs. When it came time for mass, we couldn’t understand a word, but enjoyed it none-the-less. One observation: the congregation at that mass was at least 75% children… it’s been a long time since I attended a mass where that ratio wasn’t flip-flopped.

The Last Supper carved into the base of the altar.

The Last Supper Carved into the Altar


Vietnamese Catholic Church in Phoenix.

The Giant Entrance Doors


Vietnamese Virgin Mary in Phoenix

The Virgin Mary Statue


The French Missionaries and the Vietnamese Martyrs in Phoenix

The French Missionaries and the Vietnamese Martyrs.

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