• Welcome to Saint Joseph Church

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    Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church is located in the heart of the East Rock area of New Haven on 129 Edwards Street. The church was completed in 1904 and bears a remarkable resemblance to Saint Apollinare in Classe, Ravenna, Italy c.553-49.

    The simple unadorned outer brick structure leading into the King’s hall (basilica) or the Emperor’s court is reflective of the Byzantine art and culture of the 6th century which attempted to convey the religious truth that only Christ is the ruler and Emperor of the universe. When one steps inside Saint Joseph Church, eyes are drawn to the altar then upwards to the painted mural (representing the mosaic style of the early Byzantine art) consisting of the Lamb of God leading the flock to and through the crucifixion to the heavenly kingdom of Christ the eternal KING.

    The visual instructions of the Catholic teaching (a Byzantine trademark of the 6th century) is carried throughout the church. From the mural ceiling (effecting a heavenly constellation), down the left side and right sides depicting the twelve apostles to the four stained glass windows in the nave showing the evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) one can easily visualize the Christian belief of a new and better world where God reigns supreme.

    If you just happen to come upon this page of the Internet, we welcome you to come and step out of the world you live in and into the PEACEFUL surrounding of the true ruler’s domain. You do not have to go to Ravenna, Italy to experience early Christian art and architecture.

  • Simply Come To Saint Joseph Church!