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Boston is a city with deep historical roots and a diverse community that provides for a wide range of exciting spiritual trip destinations for people of all denominations and beliefs. There are many noteworthy synagogues, mosques, temples, churches, and other sites of worship all within the greater Boston area for your group to explore, and whether your trip is educational, devotional, or community service-oriented, Bus.com can help set your trip’s wheels in motion.
Organizing a group trip of any size is no small feat, but a charter bus rental can help. Renting a charter bus will eliminate the need for you to arrange everyone’s transportation individually, and keeping your group together in transit can help build or further reinforce important community bonds. Spiritual trips offer a chance to connect with things that matter most, and a charter bus rental from Bus.com can help make the process as affordable, efficient, and hassle-free as possible.
When taking a spiritual trip on a charter bus, there are many locations to consider, especially in a city as diverse and bustling as Boston. We've compiled a short list of some of the most popular destinations to give you an idea.
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul was founded in 1819 and was the first American Episcopalian church founded in Boston. The building was designed by Alexander Parris and Solomon Willard in the Greek revival style. St. Paul’s was named the cathedral of the Boston diocese in 1912 and underwent an extensive interior renovation at the time. The cathedral is noteworthy for a pair of significant occurrences in Episcopalian church history: the Right Reverend Barbara Harris, elected there, was the first woman bishop in the Anglican Communion; and Alexander Crummell, the third African-American person ordained in the Episcopal church, was ordained at the cathedral in 1844. Today the church features multiple ministries who offer services to meet the needs of parishioners and the wider community.
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is the seat of the Roman Catholic bishop of Boston, located in the city’s South End neighborhood. Designed in the Gothic Revival style by renowned ecclesiastical architect Patrick Keely, work on the cathedral began in 1866 and terminated in 1875. Today the church functions both as a seat for the cardinal and as a community parish. Masses are offered in English and Spanish, and two other Catholic forms are also available. The cathedral has been witness to many significant events throughout its history, most notably in 1979, when Pope John Paul II visited and prayed at the cathedral, and in 2013 when President Obama spoke to the nation during an interfaith service after the tragic events of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Madonna Queen of the Universe National Shrine, is located in East Boston and overlooks the Logan International Airport. The shrine was built by the Orionine Fathers, a Roman Catholic religious institute, in 1954 and includes a gift shop open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The centerpiece of the site is a 40-foot copper and bronze sculpture of the Virgin Mary, designed by Arrigo Minerbi, an Italian-Jewish sculptor. The shrine also stands opposite the Don Orione Home for the elderly, and together the two sites represent a work of charity (the home) and a work of faith (the shrine). Mass is held daily.
Originally founded in 1854, Temple Israel (then known as Adath Israel) is a Reform synagogue founded by a small community of Jews of German ancestry. Today the temple congregation is the largest Reform synagogue in Boston and New England. The congregation relocated to their current location on the Riverway in 1926, with only part of the building completed before the stock market crash of 1929. In 1973, a new modernist sanctuary was added to the campus as well as Sky Covenant, a sculpture piece commissioned by the American sculptor Louise Nevelson. The community continues to balance tradition and innovation in service to its congregants today.
A newer member among the religious communities of Boston, Symphony Church held its first services in September 2010 and primarily aimed their services towards younger college students. The church has since broadened its scope, and the community now comprises single young adults, young married couples, and families. The church has an office on Commonwealth Avenue, and its Sunday services are held at Paradise Rock Club on Boston University’s campus. The church is a non-denominational Protestant evangelical church affiliated with Acts Ministries International whose focus is on modeling communities after the book of Acts. Symphony Church’s services are casual and music contemporary, and although the sermons are longer than some might expect, they are very active and engaging.