St Ignatius Loyola Church (Thursday Doors)


I summon the sun  I summon the moon
God the Father  Mother Mary
worship His light  circle the seasons
above all  intermingled
powerful  nurturing
sovereign  beneficent
the beginning and the end  always returning

St Ignatius Loyola Church, “designed in the Baroque manner by Ditmars and Schickel”, is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on Park Avenue. It was dedicated in 1898 and landmarked in 1969. The front doors are large, angular, and imposing.

It houses several schools in the surrounding buildings.

The side doors are all different, but have half-moons above them to form arched entrances.

I really liked all the details of this one.

The parish, administered by the Jesuits, was founded in 1851 by Irish Catholics who fled the Potato Famine for a better life in America. This building was designed, according to the website, following the Jesuit philosophy of “honoring god through beauty and permanence.” The church has a well-known music program and contains a 30-ton pipe organ almost as large as a subway car. You can see interior photos here.

My poem is for the W3 challenge where Punam asked us to respond to her poem “Slavery” by writing about the moon from the sun’s perspective or vice versa. I’ve written a cleave poem, which doesn’t exactly answer the prompt, but gives both points of view. Many of the world’s major religions seem to take the patriarchal view of the sun, but they would do well, in my opinion, to pay more attention to the circular wisdom of the moon.

Find more doors here with host Dan Antion.

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37 responses to “St Ignatius Loyola Church (Thursday Doors)”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    My favorite door here is the one you captioned, “I really liked all the details of this one.” I like the details, too, and it somehow looks inviting–the warm wood, I suppose, rather than imposing.

    I think you’re right about the major religions. Though i don’t see the sun that way–not patriarchal or authoritarian. Non-binary, I think, though the Moon is definitely female. 🙂

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    • memadtwo says :

      I always think of the sun as associated with gods, kings, and Supreme beings.. But objectively, it should not be strictly male, I agree. There are also some cultures who see the moon as male.

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  2. Dan Antion says :

    I am also going with your favorite door, although they are all beautiful. I am glad the building has been landmarked. “Permanence” in New York is sometimes fleeting.

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  3. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry says :

    Another great poetic Thursday doors post, Kerfe. I like the cleve poem and agree with your summation that we should pay more attention to the circular wisdom of the moon. I also like how you share both views—very inclusive. ❤

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  4. neil reid says :

    Your doors always interest. Red and wood are the ones that make me want to enter. We have some few like this, here West Coast. However more I’m drawn to the old rustic Catholic churches, each built about 25 miles apart, being “a days journey” in those days. No pictures, sorry.

    Think my faith leans on the elemental side. Stars, all stars, are amazing enough and the literal source of all stuff (like dirt & trees), and life as well. But pretty, what you wrote. Thanks

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  5. robbiesinspiration says :

    HI Kerfe, this is a very interesting poem. I love the style you used. Thanks for these pictures of interesting doors.

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  6. Ingrid says :

    A building with an interesting history! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. murisopsis says :

    I have to agree that the cleave poem is an interesting (and difficult for me) form. I haven’t settled on a specific POV when assigning personality or gender to celestial objects. The poem however points to the enduring nature of this creation!!

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Muri. As Colleen pointed out, we need to balance our opposites. And the sun and moon make for good symbolism in that respect. Although, really, everything contains some of its opposite, as Merril noted.


  8. writingwhatnots says :

    Your cleave is a perfect form for contrasting, attributing qualities.

    (I like the half-moon glass above the second door – it reminds me of a protractor!).

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  9. Emille says :

    Beautiful church door (the first one). Strange that they call this baroque, to me this is clearly a renaissance style with all the horizontal lines, and restrained. Anyways, still beautiful! Emille

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  10. ben Alexander says :

    I love me a an excellent cleave poem, Kerfe, and this is a lovely lovely lovely one! I love the religious overtones!


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  11. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    Not surprisingly we are very much in the same space on the subject of religions. Shakespeare may have called the moon too inconstant to swear by, but I will always put my trust in that cyclical guide…

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  12. Miriam Hurdle says :

    I love your poem, Kerfe! Great response to the W3 challenge. Your doors are very interesting, especially the one for the boys!

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  13. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    That cleave poem is brilliant. The form alone shows the split, patriarchal and matriarchal, of too many religions and ideologies. Sun and moon, perfect symbolism.

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  14. paeansunplugged says :

    That is a very interesting cleave poem, Kerfe. I do tend to agree with your perspective of the sun. I always think of moon as female but Hindus generally consider it to be a male.
    Beautiful doors with interesting history.

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  15. sustainabilitea says :

    I know I’m running rather late, but I enjoyed the post and your poem form was interesting.


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  16. ben Alexander says :

    hi, Kerfe ❤

    I just wanna let you know that this week's W3 prompt, hosted by Steven S. Wallace, is now live:

    W3 Prompt #11: Wea’ve Written Weekly

    Have a wonderful day,

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