Thursday, December 27, 2007

Photos of Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri

HERE ARE PHOTOS of Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Church, in the City of Saint Louis, Missouri. It is located about six highway miles northwest of downtown.

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - exterior

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - front door

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - cornerstone

A.M.D.G
A.D. JULII DIE 18, 1926
RITE ME POSUIT
RMUS. J. J. GLENNON D.D.
IN HONOREM
ST. ENGELBERTI
REV. A.J. VON BRUNN, PASTOR

Saint Engelbert parish existed from 1891 to 1941. Saint Elizabeth's is the result of a number of parish mergers.

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - nave 2

The church's magnificent interior.

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - altar 1

Mosaics here on the high altar and reredoes include Α and Ω (alpha and omega), the Eucharistic pelican symbol, the Priest-King Melchisidech, and Abraham, prevented by an angel from sacrificing his son. These are types, signs, and prefigurements of Christ.

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - tabernacle 1

A closer view of the altar.

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - tabernacle

The tabernacle, with symbols of wheat and grapes.

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - mosaic

Closer view of a mosaic.

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - apse

The vault of heaven, painted on the top of the apse. Viewers are requested to overlook the water damage, or even better, send a check for its repainting to the parish's address, shown below!

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Christ the Priest

Christ is here shown as Priest and King.

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Joseph's altar

Altar of Saint Joseph.

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - statue of Saint Martin de Porres

Saint Martin de Porres (1579-1639) of Lima, Peru. "He excused the faults of others. He forgave the bitterest injuries, convinced that he deserved much severer punishments on account of his own sins. He tried with all his might to redeem the guilty; lovingly he comforted the sick; he provided food, clothing and medicine for the poor; he helped, as best he could, farm laborers and Negroes, as well as mulattoes, who were looked upon at that time as akin to slaves: thus he deserved to be called by the name the people gave him: 'Martin of Charity.'"

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - view to side of nave

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - stained glass window 1

The windows are by the Emil Frei Stained Glass Company, founded in Saint Louis in 1898, and still operating. According to the company web site, "All of our windows are original works of art. We have no catalogs to choose from and we make no copies."

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - station of the cross 2

Stations of the Cross.

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - pipe organ 2

A view of the pipe organ and choir loft.

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - holy water font

Holy water font.

Saint Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Saint Louis Catholic Academy

The church's school is St. Louis Catholic Academy.

Address:
4330 Shreve Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63115

2 comments:

  1. Those windows are amazing! How bad is the water damage? It was hard to see much, if any, from the pictures.

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  2. Most amazing about this church is the wonderful MUSIC, especially at the Sunday, 10am mass. The congregation is warm and welcoming.

    The water damage is seen in the upper right of the church where the white plaster shows the repairs under way.

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