Friday, May 18, 2007

Photos of Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine, in Starkenburg, Missouri

HERE ARE PHOTOS of Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine, in Starkenburg, Missouri, of the Diocese of Jefferson City. The shrine is located in rural Montgomery County, about 87 highway miles west of downtown Saint Louis, Missouri. The shrine is located next to Saint Martin's: click for photos of this beautiful church.


Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - exterior back

This chapel is in the Romanesque revival style. It is a tiny chapel, but is beautifully made, and has verticality.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - porch

A basilica-style porch over the entrance of the church.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - exterior front

Masses can be held outside of the chapel, with an altar and pulpit built into the porch.

According to the Shrine's website, "Blueprints for the new chapel were drawn by Professor Becker of Mainz, Germany, with Mr. John Walchshauser, an architect from St. Louis." Parishioners quarried the stone for this church by hand.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - Mosaic of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as Our Lady of Sorrows

Mosaic of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as Our Lady of Sorrows, on the outdoor altar. She was a poor widow who had to witness her only child being unjustly and cruelly executed as a criminal. Click here for the seven sorrows of Our Lady.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - Stone commemorating visit by Archbishop Kain

Archbishop Kain was here. This was in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis until the Diocese of Jefferson City was founded in 1956.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - outdoor pulpit

The outdoor pulpit, along with the grave of August Mitsch, a sacristan, who founded the shrine.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - cornerstone

IN GLORIAM DEI
IN HONOREM MATRIS DEI
TEMPLUM HOC
ERECTUM EST
A.D. 1908 - 1910.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - carving over door
BEATUS HOMO QUI VIGILAT AD FORES MEAS QUOTIDE
ET OBSERVAT AD POSTES OSTII MEI! PROV. 8. 34.

Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates, and waiteth at the posts of my doors. Proverbs 8:34

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - nave

The interior nave of the church, although small, soars to a great height, which is a great symbol for the raising up of the soul heavenward.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - high altar

The main altar. Mass was held here just before these photos were taken.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - side of sanctuary

The side of the sanctuary has this unusual balcony; perhaps this is the pulpit?

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary above the sanctuary

Painting above the sanctuary.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - Altar to the Infant Jesus

Altar to the Infant Jesus.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - tabernacle

The tabernacle in a side-altar, underneath a statue of Mary holding the dead body of her son Jesus.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - Old discarded crutches

Old discarded crutches.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - Banner with Mary

Banner with Mary.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - Virgo prudentissima Ora pro nobis

Virgo prudentissima Ora pro nobis

Virgin most prudent, Pray for us

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - plaques in thanks of prayers answered

The shrine has numerous plaques giving thanks for prayers answered, dating from the the early days, up to the present time.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - stained glass window

Stained glass window of the finding of the child Jesus in the Jewish temple.

And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers. Luke 2:46-47

Most unusually, the stations of the cross in the chapel are stained glass windows. This small chapel is remarkably designed.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - rose window

Rose window.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - old log chapel

This small log chapel, dating from the late 1880s, served as the shrine before the construction of the stone chapel. A statue of Mary, the "White Lady" was housed here for veneration by pilgrims. Note the hinges: can the front of the chapel be opened up?

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - interior of old chapel

The interior of this chapel is bathed in blue light from a stained glass window above the door. The chapel is only large enough for perhaps two people. The windows, as well as the statue (now in the new chapel), came from Germany.

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Starkenberg, Missouri, USA - sign

Map of the shrine. It also has an outdoor Way of the Cross, an underground grotto of the sepulcher, and a well to which water from Lourdes is added.


Click here for a map of Starkenburg, Missouri.