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Hudson Memorial Church celebrated its 106th anniversary on Sunday

The Hudson Memorial Church located in the busy area of City Corporation, celebrated its 106th anniversary on Sunday. The church was built in 1904, in memory of Rev Josiah Hudson.



The Hudson Memorial Church located
at Hudson Circle turned a year older. The Church celebrated its 106th anniversary on Sunday. Hudson Memorial Church is one of the major landmarks of the city. It lies in the middle of Hudson circle near Bangalore City Corporation. The church was built in 1904, in memory of Rev Josiah Hudson. This impressive structure with a tower and several stained glass windows is an example for the neo-gothic style of architecture.

Neoclassical gave way to Neo Gothic architecture in the 19th century. Gothic architecture is characterized by pointed arches, ribbed vaulted ceilings, quarter foil (four-leaved clover shape) openings, lancet windows (tall narrow windows with pointed arches on top) and stained glass. These elements combined with intricate carvings led to a very light-looking and airy style of architecture. Neo Gothic is a modern revival of this early style.



A prayer service was held in the morning at the church to mark the anniversary followed by a function at Hudson Memorial Church Community Centre. Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde, who participated in the celebrations, said that all churches always had their doors open to everyone and that Jesus was a universal god. During the occasion, prizes were given away to winners of the inter-church competitions held on Saturday as well as scholarships for meritorious students.

Bangalore with a recorded number of 40 churches represents diverse Christian communities, such as the Roman Catholic Church, the ancient Syrian Church of Kerala and its reformed counterpart, the Mar Thoma Church, Protestants from the Church of South India (which includes Anglicans, Lutherans and other older denominations) and newer evangelical groups with links to the United States.

The Church is located in one of the busiest areas of Bangalore; though the church is 106 years old it has been well-maintained by Church authorities.  Designed by the Architects of Thomas Associates, the church can accommodate about 2500 people. It has 9 faces and openings running all round the church. People seated anywhere in the interior of the church feel that the altar is facing them. The podium is raised above road level with steps and ramp on either side.

The replica of the nativity scene in the nativity church of Jerusalem is the main mural of size 9.7 km x 14.5 km. The remarkable feature of the church is the secular nature of the devotees who throng seeking blessings, particularly on Thursdays and Sundays.

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1 comments

mary howitt(wilson) Mar 04th, 2011 06:01 AM

Was Bishop Sergeant the bishop in the 1950's?

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