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The octagonal plan of the church (right) is fronted by a narthex (center) which connects it to the bell tower (left).

The original wooden church was dedicated to Saint Therese of Lisieux also known as the "Little Flower". Father Coughlin's radio show which helped raise money for the church was called the National Radio League of the Shrine of the Little Flower and hence the name of the current church.

To approach the church you first go up to a lower terrace and then around to an upper terrace and through the doors.

The doors leading into the narthex are made of bronze. They depict a pelican and her hungry children. Legend says when starvation threatens, a pelican pierces her own breast with her bill to feed her children her own blood. This is used to represent the Eucharist.

Above the doors is a carving of Mary as Lady of the Apocalypse. St. John envisioned a woman "clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars" as the Gate of Heaven and here is the gateway to the church.

There is stone in-lay of the state flowers of 48 states, geometric window recesses and bronze grillwork.

This is closer view on the opposite side of yesterday's post.

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