I went on a mini adventure to the to visit my aunt at work at none other than the Cathedral of Our Lady of Los Angeles. Personally, I am not a religious person as many people, but I do have faith in something out there. I don’t feel real attached to one particular faith because I feel that all of them are quite beautiful in their own way.
I am proud to say that my father had a hand at building this gorgeous place; he was working with the construction company that built it (go dad!). Now understand why he was so happy working at this particular site.
It was my first time visiting the cathedral of which I knew nothing about other than it was a cathedral and it had much of the same religious items found in a Catholic Church. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the cathedral housed a number of art and exhibits in the corridors surrounding the main worship area. My aunt mentioned that cathedral had a small group of residential artists whom contributed much of the artwork. I think my personal favorite exhibit featured items from Pope John Pope II 1987 visit to Los Angeles.
My visit coincidentally laded around the “Dia De Los Muertos” holiday. I was able to enjoy a touch of it in a small exhibit with sugar skulls and an altar inside the mausoleum. I appreciated this small gesture because it beautifully honored and respected the Latino culture that founded the City of Angeles.
As a Latina growing up in a predominantly Catholic house hold I was a little taken back that there where no statues of saints anywhere within the main worship area. Instead they had tapestries with all the saints along the walls making the room feel modern, open, and inviting that instantly made me feel like I didn’t have the weight of the church on my shoulders. It was a huge sigh of relief because I wasn’t spending my time trying to remember prayers and catching myself from cussing like a sailor (which I NEVER do!) Or to carry myself as respectable lady. I felt like I could be myself and be accepted with my imperfections.
To be honest, this place is worth checking out for anyone looking to experience a different view of the City of Los Angeles.