With the day still young and the sun still beating down on us, Mercutio and I made our 6th cake stop of the day at Christ Church Cathedral.
Some history: In 1819 members of Christ Church Cathedral held their first service which was, in fact, the first Episcopal service held west of the Mississippi. Since then the cathedral continued to expand and in 1994 the current location in downtown St. Louis was noted as a National Historic Landmark.
More history: Additionally the bells that are still used in the cathedral’s tower were made in the same German foundry where the bells used at the German Pavilion at the 1904 World’s Fair were made – it really is incredible how interconnected so many different areas of St. Louis really are. *History for the win!*
As for the cake, the cake-artist (or cake-tist, as I like to abbreviate it) chose to make the cake resemble a stained glass window, which is another feature Christ Church Cathedral is known for.
My favorite part of the cake, though, was the top, which I managed to get a somewhat off balance picture of because a 4 foot tall cake is only about a foot shorter than a full grown Cake Monster.
And of course since the sun was relentless that day, and this Cake Monster apparently wanted to see how long she could stare directly into the sun before going blind, Mercutio and I were left with another squinty cake selfie.
Before we left the location, Mercutio did snap this incredible photo of the wrought iron gate surrounding the cathedral and the vibrant red door just behind it. I was super intrigued by the symbolism of the red door, and after doing some research learned that it can have several meanings. The most consistent one though was that red doors indicate that beyond them, inside the church, the space was holy and the person could find sanctuary there – safety from harm both imminent and of a more symbolic nature. *Symbolism for the win!*
So even though I was still partially blind from the staring contest I had engaged in with the sun, Mercutio helped guide me back to the car, and we moved on to the next cake with snippets of the Hozier song this post is named for playing in our heads.