Saturday, February 02, 2008

Photos of the Shrine of Saint Joseph, in Saint Louis, Missouri

HERE ARE PHOTOS of the Shrine of Saint Joseph, in Saint Louis, Missouri. The Shrine is a little more than one road mile northwest of the Old Cathedral in downtown Saint Louis.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - exterior side

At one time the largest parish in Saint Louis, serving Germans, this is now a shrine. Originally built in 1844, it was dramatically enlarged in 1865-6 and again in 1881. The towers were originally much taller, but were truncated in 1954 for safety reasons.

By the late 1970s this church was going to be demolished; but the lay organization, The Friends of the Shrine of St. Joseph, raised funds to restore the church to its former glory. The surrounding area was a dangerous industrial area, but now a neighborhood has grown up around it.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - nave, wide

A wide angle view of the nave. Click any photo for a larger version.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - sanctuary

The magnificent Baroque sanctuary. This was taken after Mass, and during a tour, which explains the fuzzy people; they were moving around during the photograph's long exposure time.

This is a very popular church for weddings.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - high altar

The altar dates from 1867, and its design is adapted from the Jesuit's Gesu church in Rome. It is inscribed with ITE AD JOSEPH, "go to Joseph".

During the cholera epidemic of 1866, the parish had 10-15 funerals per day. Pledging to Saint Joseph to build a monument in his honor, the parish prayed for the end of the epidemic; being spared, they built this altar.

This is the site of the only authenticated miracle in the midwestern U.S. Ignatius Strecker, a German immigrant, who was diagnosed as having only two weeks to live, was immediately healed upon kissing the relics of Peter Claver here.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - tabernacle

The tabernacle in the high altar.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - painting over apse

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - statue of Saint Joseph

Statue of Saint Joseph with the Christ Child, in the high altar.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - statue of Saint Ignatius Loyola

Also in the high altar is this statue of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), founder of the Society of Jesus. This church was originally staffed by the Society.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - sanctuary lamp

The sanctuary lamp.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - evangelists

Evangelists Luke (d. ca. 74), with his symbol the ox, and John (d. ca. 101), with his eagle.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Jesuit altar

The Jesuit's altar has statues of Saints John Berchmans (1599-1621), Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591), and Stanislaus Kostka (1550-1568), all of whom died young. Inscribed in Latin is Patronus Juventutis — patron of youth. This altar was to inspire boys to the priesthood.

At the top is Quam pulchra est casta generatio — How beautiful is the chaste generation (Wisdom 4:1).

Below the altar mensa — hidden by the manger — is an effigy of Christ in the sepulcher.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Jesuit altar detail

Saint Aloysius died after tending to plague victims.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Mary's altar

Mary's altar is to the left of the high altar. A statue of Mary and the Infant Jesus is flanked by statues Saints Cecilia (martyred ca. 117) and Agnes, Roman virgins and martyrs.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Mary's altar 2

Inscribed on the altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Latin:
Ave Maria gratia plena.
Hail Mary, full of grace. (adapted from Luke 1:28)

ECCE MATER TUA

Behold your mother (John 19:27)
Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - statue of Mary 2

Statue of Mary and the Infant Jesus. This has to be the most beautiful statue of Our Lady that I've seen lately.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - statue of Saint Agnes

Saint Agnes of Rome (d. 254 or 304), was executed after refusing the order to sacrifice to pagan gods and to lose her virginity. "On her feast day two lambs are blessed at her church in Rome, and then their wool is woven into the palliums (bands of white wool) which the pope confers on archbishops as symbol of their jurisdiction."

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - effigy of Saint Justinus

Below the mensa of Mary's altar is an effigy of St. Justinus, Puer Martyr. Saint Justus of Beauvais (a.d. 278 - 285) was executed during the persecutions of Diocletian.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - pulpit

This pulpit was hand-cut by a Jesuit brother.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - statue of Mary

Statue of Mary and the Infant Jesus.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - side of nave

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - side of nave 2

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - stained glass window

Stained glass window has the Eucharistic symbols of wheat and grapes.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - stations of the cross

Stations of the Cross and Saint Anne with the child Mary. "And her months were fulfilled, and in the ninth month Anna brought forth. And she said to the midwife: What have I brought forth? and she said: A girl. And said Anna: My soul has been magnified this day. And she laid her down. And the days having been fulfilled, Anna was purified, and gave the breast to the child, and called her name Mary." (Protoevangelium of James)

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - station of the cross

IXth Station of the Cross: Consider how Jesus Christ fell for the third time. He was extremely weak and the cruelty of His executioners was excessive; they tried to hasten His steps though He hardly had strength to move.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - skull and butterfly

The Skull and Crossbones is not just for pirates, but also for Catholics.

A butterfly surmounts the skull; the Greek translation of butterfly, psyche, also means 'soul'. That a caterpillar enters a burial shroud-like chrysalis, before emerging in glory as a butterfly, makes this a fitting symbol of resurrection.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - back of nave

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - pipe organ

According to the shrine's website: The Pfeffer organ was installed in 1890. It was built on Marian Street in St. Louis by George Pfeffer. In eary 2002 the organ was totally rebuilt by the Martin Ott company.

The organ has 1895 pipes, with almost 300 made of wood.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - devotions

Devotions in the back corner of the church.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - the death of Joseph

The holy death of Saint Joseph.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - statues in back of nave

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - statue of Saint Peter Claver

This statue of Saint Peter Claver (1581-1654) was given by descendants of Ignatius Strecker, whose miracle led to Peter's canonization.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - statue of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Statue of Saint Pio of PietrelcinaPadre Pio — who foretold that the young Karol Wojtyla would one day be Pope.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - baptismal font

The very elaborate baptismal font.

Saint Joseph Shrine, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - rectory
The Shrine's rectory. It is very nicely decorated inside.

Click here for my photos of the Shrine from 2006.

Mass times:
Sunday, 11 a.m.
First Friday, noon
2nd Sunday, Padre Pio devotion and rosary before Mass
3rd Sunday, Mass sung in Latin

Address:
1220 North Eleventh Street
Saint Louis, Missouri 63106

7 comments:

  1. Dear Mark,

    Thank you for the magnificent post. The Shrine is an awesome testament to Christ. The Glory of our Savior is magnified by Jesuits at St. Joseph's Shine!

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  2. Fair warning to anyone excited about the "Mass sung in Latin": it leaves a lot to be desired...

    It is quite a beautiful shrine.

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  3. Absolutely beautiful. Did you know that a lot of Italians go down there quite often, especially on the Feast of St. Joseph.

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  4. Mass according to the Extraordinary Form is at 9:00 AM each Sunday at the Shrine of St. Joseph. This Mass was instituted in July 2008. The celebrant is Reverend Martin D. O'Keefe, S.J. All are welcome. It is said on Mary's altar. Mass according to the Ordinary Form is at 11:00 AM on Sundays.

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  5. The skull is a masonic symbol. You failed to document the eye in a pyramid that's just beside the skull. These symbols were left by the builders of the church, and they're not Catholic, they are Luciferian.

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  6. They were Catholic symbols long before they were adopted by the Masons, and are orthodox in character, not occult.

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  7. Awesome! Greetings from France. God bless! Patrick.

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