Sin & Redemption

I’ve been on a roll lately with churches so I’m going to stick with that theme for another week.

Just up the street from the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is a prominent Catholic church called St Patrick’s.

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This is a rather busy parish because it contains a shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help – one of many throughout the world.

I was in the neighbourhood on a rainy Wednesday, and people flowed in and out of the church, both before and after the noon-time mass.

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For a rather ugly building, St Patrick’s does have pretty doors.

The inside of the church was bathed in purple light … I’m assuming for the Lenten season.  It looked regal and awe-inspiring.

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I could write an entire (and overly long) post just about Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the building next door for the Redemptorists – the common name used to refer to the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, which is dedicated to missionary work throughout the world.

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… but that’s not what this post is about.

The point of this post is really about the building directly across the street from St Patrick’s.  It is simply too perfect.

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It’s a pub.

It’s a pub with the best name that I’ve ever seen.  Even better, it too has a great door.

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I considered using the title Good and Evil for this post, but decided it might be a little over the top.  However, since I opted for lunch at the pub rather than visiting the shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, you can guess which side I chose.

Feel free to judge me.

Thursday Doors is a weekly photo feature hosted by Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0.

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Thank you again to Mary from As I Walk Toronto for a great afternoon together, including an excellent lunch at the Sin & Redemption Pub.

101 comments

  1. This is very late but I wanted to say I am trying a game of catch up on posts which I follow but don’t always see likes or posts ready to get to, Joanne!
    I loved the door on the pub because it was more appealing than the church doors. I enjoyed the sanctuary with purple hued lighting! 💜

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  2. Fantastic post! You had us going on a different course, and then suddenly tacked and took us to the pub. I loved the purple light inside the cathedral. And the pub is wonderful, with the name, door, and even stained glass. Beautiful stone work too.

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  3. Applesauce… Perpetual help sure sounds good to me! Beautiful post, Joanne. The interior is beautiful but that purple light really sets it off. I love the designs in the arched windows above the doors. Happy hump day. Hugs.

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  4. I’d be right with you at the pub Joanne. Great minds and all that. The name is so clever! I would want to find the witty individual who came up with it and shake her or his hand. I’ve not seen that purple light in my prehistoric days of church going. I’d be interested to know what it symobolizes.

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  5. I had lunch with a friend a couple of weeks ago at a restaurant just up the road and we walked by this pub on our way to the AGO afterwards. We both laughed at the name and the juxtaposition with St. Patrick’s across the street. It is now on our list to visit the next time we’re in the neighbourhood.

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  6. I like set of three so I find those church doors appealing as well as all the lovely stonework. Those purple lights are stunning. I love a clever name on a pub!! And a lovely door is the cherry on top! 🙂

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      • Hmmm… that would be interesting to know. In a quick dig, somebody said a nod to Holy Trinity. An article at The Institute for Sacred Architecture states that a Catholic Church should have an odd number depending on the number of naves…3,5, or 7 and the middle door should be the largest.

        Whatever the case, it does look grand!

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    • The first time I visited this area a year ago, I took a photo of the doors and not the building. Later when I was looking through my photos, I wondered why I hadn’t bothered to take one.
      On my 2nd visit, I understood 🙂

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  7. Was the food sinful or redemptive? I have to agree, St. Patrick’s is as ugly as a fresh picked spud but the purple interior is uplifting, to be sure. Can’t wait for your St. Patrick’s day post!

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  8. Too funny! I love the play on words as well as the good-spirited (the kind that is served in a glass) nose-tweaking of their neighbor across the street. The purple lights inside the church are lovely… I wonder how they did it, though. Did someone have to get up on really tall ladders and change every bulb (hopefully BEFORE visiting the pub for a bit of sin), or do they have a selection of colors for various church observances which only require a flip of a switch?

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    • You think like I do, Janis. I wondered the same thing about the lights and assumed it was some kind of digitally controlled colour display.
      I plan to go back some time after Easter and check out the lights again. If they’re still purple, I’ll know it wasn’t just for Lent.

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  9. I’ve been to AGO, so ought to recognise this, but I don’t. I’m more sorry about missing the exquisitely named pub than the church, splendid though it looks with its purple lighting!

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  10. Haha, what are you talking about? I wished you had called it good and evil! Maybe you don’t know this yet about me, but I’ve always have been a rebel:) Where I grew up on, a pub would be a only sin, and no redemption! But ever since hubby did his internship in a Catholic hospital, I understand that side of the tracks much better. You’re on WordPress, you know most wouldn’t judge you, or?

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  11. Not judging. You were serving a greater good, bringing doors to people who don’t have easy access to pub doors of their own. Thank you for your service, Joanne.

    These are great doors. And the inside of the church is beautiful. Love the pub !

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    • I always feel a little self-conscious taking photos in a church so I rarely do it. My elementary school years with nuns and the regular reprimands still cling to me like a bad smell.
      I couldn’t resist this one because of the lighting … even though it was taken at the end of a noon mass with people still filling the pews and the priest standing only about 20 feet away. I expected to get yelled at any minute :/

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  12. I’ve done a post on both of them as well, a while ago! Unfortunately I haven’t been inside either of them. The church looks wonderful with the purple lighting.

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    • Great minds think alike 🙂
      I’m trying to get better at exploring the insides of public buildings I think are interesting. Most of the time I feel too shy to walk in, and even more reluctant to take a photo.

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  13. Nit too fussed about the doors, but love the light inside the church. Purple light for Lent? Never knew. And I would be more than happy to join you in a spot of lunch in the sinner’s lounge 😉

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  14. Awesome images Joanne and a perfect name for a pub for us sinners 😀 Is there a pub around the block called purgatory for those who don’t believe in redemption ?

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  15. I like both sides of the street, Joanne, and both buildings with their doors. Someone had an excellent sense of humor and on an aside, yes, the purple would be for Lent. I wonder whether the drinks at the pub had similarly humorous and religious-themed names. 🙂

    janet

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  16. What an interesting justaposition. I wonder if the pub is trying to cater to the priest crowd. I’ve always thought a more apt name for a Catholic Church would be, “Our Lady of Perpetual Need”.

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  17. Having a lunchtime drink in the pub is not sinful, surely? Perhaps if you become inebriated. And in that case, maybe there is a “hair of the dog” cocktail called Redemption. I am guessing that “peche” with an acute accent means “sin”. At first I thought it was peachy!

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  18. That is too funny. I was on my way to the pool yesterday and I passed a place called (I kid you not) Revelation Reptiles! I assume they sell animals to snake handling churches?? Needless to say, I did not go in to check it out.

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  19. After visiting and truly admiring the St. Patrick’s Church, you were entitled to some refreshment and nourishment leaving the name of the pub to the reader for interpretation.

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  20. The post title was great clickbait, Joanne. I knew that the post would be church photos, but only sort of – had to open the post to find out for sure. And what a great surprise to see the name of the pub. I love clever names! This is absolutely the best pub name ever for its location. A runner up for me is a coffee shop in Whitehorse called the Aroma Borealis.

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    • I too LOVE clever names and Aroma Borealis is a great one!!
      Sadly, my brain just doesn’t think that way to come up with clever word play, so I really appreciate it when I find it 🙂

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    • I give Mary credit for suggesting we stay and eat there. This was not the first time I’ve been by this way, but I thought it was just a bar lounge. I had no idea it was a restaurant … and a good one too.

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