Thursday, March 29, 2018

Those Places Thursday: Nativity BVM Catholic Church, Chicago

At the corner of Washtenaw and Lithuanian Plaza in the Marquette Park neighborhood of Chicago (home to many Lithuanian immigrants in the mid-20th century) is Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, usually called just Nativity BVM.   We were not able to go inside the church on our visit to the old Lithuanian part of Chicago on August 8, 2017, and even my picture of the outside of the main church was not as good as this one:

Below:  Mosaic on east exterior of Nativity BVM depicting the "Baptism of Mindaugus, King of Lithuania, Precursor of Christianity"

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Chicago was founded in 1927.  The present building was started in 1953 and completed in 1957, and is of Lithuania Folk Baroque style.  Photos of the beautiful interior of the church are available on its website gallery.  It features, above the main altar, a reproduction of Our Lady of Šiluva, often called "Lithuania's Greatest Treasure."

The church still offers Masses in Lithuanian.

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