A few weeks ago, I attended a family funeral at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Glendale, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. The church building is a striking sandstone structure with a red tile roof and a square crenellated bell tower.
Worshipers entering through the front doors find themselves in the narthex, which on this occasion was quite crowded. The three slightly sloping aisles in the church are also quite narrow, but it is a beautiful setting. A barrel-vaulted ceiling is divided into squares by white beams. Plaster stations of the cross line the walls. The arch above the sanctuary carries gold letters on a blue background with “The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary” in Latin (referring to the archangel Gabriel, to whom the parish is dedicated). A beautiful rose window shines into the sanctuary from the rear wall.
St. Gabriel's is located at 48 West Sharon Road in the lovely Cincinnati suburb of Glendale.