Friday, July 28, 2006

Photos of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

On July 14th, the Latin Liturgy Association convention took a tour of Saint Louis area churches. One stop was the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, cathedral of the Latin Rite archdiocese.

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri - view to back of nave
LLA members listening to a talk on the church.


Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri - historical dome
Dome over the back of the church. Surrounding the dome are mosaics showing local history.


Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri - historical dome
Another view of the dome over the back of the nave. Historical figures shown here include Saint Philippine Duchesne, whose relics are entombed in nearby Saint Charles, Missouri. Centered in the dome is the Great Seal of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, and the scripture: And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying "Behold the dwelling of God with men and he will dwell with them and they will be His people and God Himself will be with them as their God." (Revelation 21:3)


Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri - Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help
"Behold your mother".


Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri - west transept
West transept showing the fire of Pentecost. The mosaics in the domes of the transepts are quite recent, having only been completed in 1988, and consequently are in a far different style than the rest of the church.


Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri - main dome
The main dome, centered over the transept.


Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri - east transept
The east transept. The dome contains mosaics of the Resurrected Christ. Like the other transcept dome, these mosiacs are recent and done in a modern style.


Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri - sanctuary
The sanctuary. The baldacchino over the altar has the same design as the basilica's main dome exterior.


Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri - high altar
The high altar. The tabernacle is not located at this altar; instead it is in its own chapel.


Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri - small dome
A small dome.


Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri - ambulatory
Ambulatory around the sanctuary. The red symbolizes Christ's blood: this opens to the Blessed Sacrament chapel.


Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri - statue of Saint Vincent de Paul
Statue of Saint Vincent de Paul, one of the patrons of the Archdiocese.

8 comments:

  1. I don't see a Novus Ordo altar in the main Church. Is the Mass said ad orientem (to the East and away from the people)?

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  2. It is hard to tell from this photo, but Mass here is said versus populum. The four side-chapels have ad orientem altars, and they are used occationally for Mass.

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  3. Jamais pensei que havia um templo religioso tão belo fora do Oriente Cristão.

    Simplesmente maravilhoso este templo.

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  4. Do you perhaps have a close-up of the cross hanging beneath the choir loft? As I remember it is quite beautiful.

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  5. I am unaware of any cross that used to hang from the choir loft. You can see the loft in the first picture here.

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  6. It is attached to the wall and visible in your photo. I was hoping for a closer look.

    Thanks for all of your wonderful photographic work.

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  7. Ah, I didn't notice that. It is a cross botonnée, that is, has three buds on each arm, and is without a corpus. Here is a close-up of the cross from that photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/msabeln/5808486770

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