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.
A.D. JULII DIE 18, 1926
RITE ME POSUIT
RMUS. J. J. GLENNON D.D.
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.
The church's magnificent interior.
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.
A closer view of the altar.
The tabernacle, with symbols of wheat and grapes.
Closer view of a mosaic.
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!
Christ is here shown as Priest and King.
Altar of Saint Joseph.
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.'"
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."
Stations of the Cross.
A view of the pipe organ and choir loft.
Holy water font.
The church's school is St. Louis Catholic Academy.
4330 Shreve Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63115