church of st michael

For the Freedom of the Catholic Church in America

Saint Michael, the archangel defend us in battle.
Be our protection again the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
By the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all evil spirits who prowl about he world seeking the ruin of souls.


The Intricate and Varied Facade of Chiesa di San Michele, Lucca da Richard and Jo deMeester
Tramite Flickr:
There are hundreds of details that go unnoticed. Every time we looked, we noticed something else. Every column is different. Every face or image unique.


The Royal Apartments

I remember the first time I saw Linlithgow Palace, I was a bairn, not sure how old and was in a car with my dad, I was amazed that it was just sitting there looking, well just looking so big, years later when I eventually got inside, I was gobsmacked, I thought it was just going to be an empty shell but there was so much to explore. 

Back in the day there would have been lush materials covering the bare walls, as well as wooden panels, if you have been to Edinburgh or Stirling Castle you will get the idea, this was not a castle though, it was built for comfort not as a defensive structure. 

The Palace is very accessible from either Edinburgh or Glasgow and if you are going during the summer months, May to September you can also visit St Michael’s Church next to the Palace, it is a working church and is open all year but during the winter months the hours are short 10.30pm to 1pm, you might not even be able to visit during these times if there is a service, Marriage or funeral taking place. 

The Palace itself is open longer 10am-4pm  October to  March and  9.30am to 5.30pm April to September, at only £5.50 it is a bargain and much better value for money than the Castles at Edinburgh and Stirling. Check the events calendar the pick of these are in July when there is two days of Jousting! 


my million village by Werner Böhm
Via Flickr:
The Parish Church of St Michael, Berg am Laim is one of the richest and most important religious buildings in the city of Munich, Germany. The late baroque church was built in 1735-1751 by order of the Elector and Archbishop of Cologne Clemens August of Bavaria, designed by the Bavarian architect Johann Michael Fischer. The interior of the church is considered a masterpiece of the Southern German rococo.


IMG_2451 by David Macdonald
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I took this shot of the historic Palace & St Michael Parish Church when out for a wee walk around Linlithgow Loch in West Lothian ……… Birth Place of Mary Queen of Scots ……..