Sunday, June 01, 2008

Photos of Saint Matthew the Apostle Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri

HERE ARE PHOTOS of Saint Matthew the Apostle Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri.  The church is about four road miles northwest of the Old Cathedral, in The Ville neighborhood.

Saint Matthew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - exterior

The distinctive three towers of the church.

The parish was founded in 1893, and the cornerstone of the current church was laid in 1906. Priests of the Society of Jesus have pastored this church since 1959.

Saint Matthew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - nave

The nave after the end of Mass.  This is a fairly small-sized church by City standards, but has nice detail throughout.  The Altar of Sacrifice is now located in the center of the transept, but apparently most of the original liturgical furnishings have been retained.

Saint Matthew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - high altar

The tabernacle, below a crucifix and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and above a depiction of the Last Supper, is in the old high altar.

The stained glass windows here are excellent, but due to negligence on my part, I failed to photograph them.

Saint Matthew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - exterior side

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4 comments:

  1. I like the sky and clouds in these photos.

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  2. This is a beautiful church, but I was expecting more of an extravagant interior from your very first post on St. Matthew the Apostle. Would love to see photos of the stained glass.

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  3. I would assume that this church originally was ornately painted. It is a fairly small church, and so we should not expect extravagance, due to the limitations of scale.

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  4. The Church did originally have the interior walls covered in murals. Sadly, somewhere in the mid or late 50s the murals were painted over in a cost saving move. It was felt that the murals would be too expensive to be maintained.

    Obviously the church was remodeled in the middle 90s along with the family center. The dome ceiling needed to major work done around 2000 as the four brick and stucco pillars began to cave in.

    Thank you for creating this site, I just stumbled on to it.

    The stained glass windows are beautiful and a Jesuit, whose name escapes me like all of these dates, have prepared a lovely photographic book on them.

    Jerry Nichols, long time parishioner from south county.

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