Sky Watch #10

Sky Watch #10 ~ St. Mary Magdalen Church in Camarillo, California


I headed over to this historical church this week hoping to get inside to see their stained glass windows. I looked up and saw these wispy clouds above the church bell tower and decided this would be my Sky Watch photo this week. I found out that to see the windows up close I’ll have to return for a 6:30 AM mass because that’s the only time during the day that the church is open. Here is a little of the history behind the windows. I find it fascinating.

“The most notable chapel fixtures were its magnificent 13 stained glass windows.  These azure, crimson, green, and gold windows tell a double story — one of the life of Christ, the other of a world at war.

While on a trip to Europe, Juan Camarillo selected the windows in Munich, Germany. The year was 1913 and the early rumbles of the continent gathering its strength for conflict were growing with each passing day. Somewhere between the studios of glass-blower F. X. Zettler of Munich and the church on a hilltop in faraway Camarillo, the stained glass windows were lost. Zettler’s name can be seen at the bottom of the windows depicting the Holy Family (east side) and Christ with the children (west side). Despite the best efforts of the Camarillo family through consuls and ambassadors, the windows appeared lost forever. Mrs. Carmen Camarillo Jones recalled that her uncle Juan feared they were at the bottom of the sea. One day a letter arrived from a German official. This official in Munich had been noticing several large crates staked outside a building with Juan’s name on them. He had written Juan several letters and finally one got through at the end of Word War 1. Much to the joy and relief of everyone, the lost windows had been found. However, it was a painfully slow and long trek to Los Angeles, and then on to Camarillo, before they were finally installed in the thick brick and plastered chapel walls in 1919.”


I’m not catholic but I’ll be happy to attend mass early in the morning and have my heart directed to God and then enjoy viewing the stained glass windows. I hope they’ll let me take pictures…

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About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

73 thoughts on “Sky Watch #10

  1. What an interesting story! I’m not Christian (I do not pratice any religion although I believe in God) but I like very much to visit churches … and visiting this one with such a special past would be a great pleasure I’m sure! Have a beautiful SWF! 🙂

  2. Beautiful church Ellen –

    Also really enjoyed your beach walk.

    re Chris Tomlin – are you familiar with his new song “God of The City” ? I have a connection to the band that wrote that song- Bluetree – You know Rinda – well her daughter dates the bass player (an Irish boy) – and my son James is friends with all the guys in the band – they come from Robin Mark’s church in Belfast NI.

    BTW – Did you and Dear figure out what cause that circle in the sand?

  3. Very nice photography. I thought it was the one south of Tucson, Arizona called El Blanco or something like that. I was there in 1952. I no longer remember much about it except the color stood out in the desert. You could see it for miles long before you got there.

    I reintroduced Better Blog Writing today but have not been able to do much on it as I pulled a hamstring muscle.

  4. The sky is such a perfect colored backdrop for your shots. I went to Germany when I was pregnant with my first baby. My brother took time off to take me all over (road trip) but I was so sleepy on the roads. He kept waking me up to see the “schloss” and I’d glance at it and go back to sleep. Not very rewarding for him, but fairly memorable for me! Great reminder, thanks!

  5. Hi Ellen, your sky is very pretty. As viewed through the stained glass, its light makes them pretty as well. California has a lot of nice mission churches with those nice windows. We do as well here in Texas, especially in San Antonio and the Rio Grande regions.
    Happy Skywatching.

  6. Beautiful photos and a really interesting tale,although I find it sad that the only time the church is open is for the 6-30 Mass.Is this a sad sign of the times we live in?

  7. I can’t wait to hear all about Mass and see your pics of the windows!!

    2 pieces of advice for non-Catholics at Mass.

    Don’t sit in the front pew….that way you can just follow what everyone else does for “pew aerobics” sit, stand, kneel, stand, kneel, sit, stand. 🙂

    And should you wish, you can go up during Communion, cross your arms over your chest and receive a blessing (can’t receive the Eucarist).

  8. 55 comments! Oh my Ellen B., how do you keep up with that many?
    The cathedral looks beautiful. If I lived in Camarillo I would definitely join you just to get a look and to worship the Lord of course. It would be difficult not to while surrounded by such beauty.

  9. Your picture and comments on the stained glass windows are an inspiration to us all. I may just travel south to see the mission and windows too. (A long trip south from Salem, Oregon.) Thanks for sharing.

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