IMAGERY – Sister Aimee’s Stained Glass

YouTube Preview Image Up until a few days ago, I had never set foot in the Angelus Temple in Echo Park. Not being much for organized religion myself, this might not seem unusual… except that the temple is one of the more noteworthy parts of my family heritage. At 19, my Grandma Beulah preached at Pentacostal tent revivals alongside the woman who built the temple, Sister Aimee Semple McPherson, and often babysat Aimee’s son Rolf who recently passed away. I’ve passed the huge structure so many times that getting out of my car and walking inside was a long overdue experience.

To say that Sister Aimee was one of the most influential and controversial women of the 20th Century in America is an understatement. Let me put it this way… her following was so large that she estimated the entire $1.2 million cost of the temple (we’re talking 1924, people – think about it) was paid for with an average donation of TWO CENTS. I’ll be writing more about her in the future… now that I have this site, I have a great excuse to make myself get off my rear and do some research. My dream is to go through their archives and find some incredible photo of my nutty Grandma as a young girl speaking in tongues or something, but that will take time. So for the moment I’ll just share with you a photo I took of one of the temple’s original stained glass window after the jump. Sister Aimee is the woman portrayed kneeling on the bottom left. CLICK ON THE IMAGE FOR A LARGER VIEW.

Stained Glass of Sister Aimee, Angelus Temple, Echo Park

Stained Glass of Sister Aimee, Angelus Temple, Echo Park

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2 Responses to “IMAGERY – Sister Aimee’s Stained Glass”

  1. Organisto says:

    I appreciate your efforts. I would guess, however, that the image is not that of ASM, as at the time the window was built (1922), Herself had long, dark brown hair. She didn’t sport the blonde bob until about 1930, when, according to her story, she had to have her hair cut due to a scalp condition.

    • lynnster says:

      How she saw herself in art is not necessarily who she was in life. My grandmother preached with her in 1923-24 and there was a uniform the evangelists all wore, and a particular hairstyle. They didn’t wear their hair down at revivals, not ever. My grandma was taught to wear her hair up in a woven hairstyle that almost resembled a bob with a halo of hair behind her head. I’ll post those photos here someday.

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