Having lost my passport for the first time in thirty plus years of living overseas, I felt disgruntled making my way to the consulate to apply for a new one. The trip from my flat took nearly two hours. It involved a bus, a boat, a train and lots of walking. The last bit included trudging up a steep incline.
I finished filling out the forms and raising my right hand to swear the information was all true. The process didn’t take long and was quite efficient. But, I still felt a bit discouraged. Strolling back down the hill toward the train, church bells sounded in the near distance. My attention was drawn to St. John’s cathedral along the same street.
Having lived in Hong Kong for years, I had never taken the time to discover the church or the grounds. Moved by the bells, I walked in that direction and slid through the gates which were open to visitors.
St. John’s Cathedral is the oldest Anglican church in the Far East.
This historic cathedral sits amongst the skyscrapers of Central on Hong Kong Island.
It was built in 1849 and the first service was held on March 11ththat year.
The beautiful architectural style is an adaptation of 13thcentury English and Decorated Gothic which originated in France.
Walking through one massive wooden door at the back of the church, I sat and reflected. The ambiance was so peaceful.
It turned out to be a day of joyful discovery. I returned home much happier than I left.
* This post is inspired by Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. For more interesting doors from all around the globe, check it out.