Friday, July 17, 2009

Memories of St Nicholas, Perth Amboy

A 1950's (?) era photo of the choir at St Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in Perth Amboy, NJ. Front row center are Fr Julius Grigassy and Prof. John Petach (my grandfather).

This appears to be Pascha at St Nicholas. The pictures are dated as April 15th, 1956. The parish is still active, but with a considerably smaller congregation than in the 1950's. More recently in 2009, the altar was restored to the proper square shape and an iconstas has been installed


John said...

Nice use of the altar rails incorporated into the screen. That way the gift (of them) remains but in a more Eastern use.

Steve P said...

The fact of gifts to the church and what to do when restoring back to traditions is a delicate balancing act. As a family member of the founding cantor(s), I am happy with the balance. It would have been nice to have one of those old world floor to ceiling iconostas's, but this works too.