Wednesday, June 27, 2007
BTW, here is the link to Fr. Z's original post on the subject. Motu Proprio
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
These first pictures are just of the St. Francis de Sales. The church is an amazing German Gothic design. It has 7 altars (including the high altar, pictured last) and 4 confessionals (none of which are storage closets.
Also, if any of you are considering a charitable donation this year, please consider St. Francis de Sales Oratory. The church is in a threatening condition in which the bell tower is slowly pulling away from the main part of the building due to foundation problems. The oratory has to raise a stunning $4 million to save it and receives no help from the Archdiocese or the Institute as a whole. The church is worth saving folks, so please consider it (and no I haven't been asked to say that.)
Here are the pictures of the stunning church:
And at last the High Altar, altar 7:
The organ was also a fine instrument and an intriguing design:
The Pulpit is awe inspiring as well:
And lastly, the outside. The bell tower seems at least 4 stories tall when standing at it's bottom. This is what is threatening the whole structure, and again, it's worth saving. These pictures do not do the church justice. It's a must see if ever in St. Louis.
Awesome isn't it?
Well, I will do the pictures from Fr. Talerico's first Mass on my next post as it is getting late here. I hope you all have enjoyed my pictures.
COMING SOON: Fr. Talerico's first Holy Mass!!!
EDIT: If you wish to help out St. Francis de Sales Oratory, please click this link for contact information.
Monday, June 18, 2007
The Basilica Cathedral of St. Louis and the ordinations for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
The Basilica was awsome, as you can see from these pictures. This is the way that altar is really supposed to be set up. ;-)
I just want to highlight something unseen in this picture. For those of you who have never seen a bishop vested in full pontifical regalia here's what he's wearing. He's wearing a cassock, surplice, alb, amice, subdeacons tunicle, deacons dalmatic, chasuble, pallium, bishops gloves, zuchetta (I'm not sure if I spelled that correctly), precious miter, and of course, his crosier. I'm not quite sure if he was wearing his special boots. Knowing the Institute, he probably was, but I never got a good look.
This last picture is the coolist I think. If you look closely you can see that one of the newly ordained priests still has his hands wrapped. This is some amazingly powerful symbolism folks. From that point on this mans hands are consicrated to touch the sacred species. Like St. Thomas, he has been invited to place his finger into the wounds of Christ. The only proper response to this being "my Lord and my God."
Sunday, June 17, 2007
By far the highlight of this church is the quality of the artwork. Notice the great detail in the crucifix and the station pictured. They are absolutely exquisite. Also the statuary, as mentioned before, matches the style of the church and gives a marble like quality to the interior.
The last peice I'll highlight is this painting of the Coronation of St. Louis IX. I'm not going to explain the painting, as the plaque does a better job than I could. Again, this is another example of the tremendous artwork inside the old cathedral.
This church, despite being quite simple, is breathtaking. My only question is to exactly what modifications were made after the Second Vatican Council. If anybody has any information on that please inform me. Also, if anybody happens to have any pictures of the Cathedral prior to 1970, I would appriciate getting them to compare.
Here is the breathtaking high altar. It's called the altar of miracles and you can find out why at the shrines website.
These last two pictures, of one of the windows and one of the two confessionals, were some simple details I wished to highlight. The windows are patterned windows, and despite being plain, are very noble and speak volumes to the artistic and sacred treasure that is the Shrine of St. Joseph.
If you're ever in the St. Louis area, a trip to the shrine is a must. It would be great for a family pilgrimage as well as a pilgrimage for lovers of art and sacred architecture.
My next post will be about my trip to the Old Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis King of France.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
I'm back from St. Louis where I had an amazing pilgramage. I will be sharing pictures with you soon of my visit to the Rome of the west. I have pictures of my visits to the Shrine of St. Joseph, the Old Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis King of France, the New Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis King of France and St. Francis de Sales Oratory under the care of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. I also have pictures of the first ordinations of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in the United States at the Cathedral Basilica with Archbishop Raymond Burke. I took 277 pictures (sorry I can't post them all here) so I will get some up as soon as I can, however, right now I'm very tired.
I also want to give a plug to St. Louis Catholic who, with his wonderful family, took me in for 3 days to make my pligramage possible. Thanks again.