Saturday, December 06, 2008

Photos of Saint Bernard Church, in Albers, Illinois

HERE ARE PHOTOS of Saint Bernard Church, in Albers, Illinois. The church is located in Clinton County and is about 34 highway miles east of downtown Saint Louis, Missouri.

Saint Bernard Roman Catholic Church, in Albers, Illinois, USA - exterior side

According to a history of Clinton County:
The first settlers in the vicinity of the present town of Albers came from Hanover and Westphalia, Germany, in the early [18]40’s and attended to their religious duties at Germantown. When later on churches were built at Damiansville and Aviston, those considerably nearer to these places attended divine service there.

When in the year 1889 a railroad, known as the Air Line, was built, the Company for the convenience of the people of Damiansville, made a stopping-place on the main road from Damiansville, and named it Damiansville Station. A few years later, the name of the Station was changed to Albers Station, the land for the switches and depot having been donated by F. H. ALBERS.

For a number of years there were only five houses at the "Station." Since 1900 gradually one family after the other settled here, till in 1908 there were 12 families residing close by. It being rather inconvenient for those families to attend church at Damiansville, which is 2 ½ miles distant, a new congregation as formed, and July 8, 1908, the Rev. Bernard PETERS was appointed the first pastor.

Immediately after his appointment, the Rev. Pastor arranged to build a suitable church. This building is of solid pressed brick, 85 ft. long and 48 ft. wide and has a seating capacity of 420.

Saint Bernard Roman Catholic Church, in Albers, Illinois, USA - nave

Saint Bernard Roman Catholic Church, in Albers, Illinois, USA - sanctuary

On the arch above the apse are the symbols of the Evangelists, with the Lamb of God and Book of Seven Seals of the Apocalypse at the top.

Saint Bernard Roman Catholic Church, in Albers, Illinois, USA - altar

Old high altar, with panels showing the sacrifices of Abraham and Melchisedech, and the Last Supper.

Saint Bernard Roman Catholic Church, in Albers, Illinois, USA - Mary's altar

Altar of Mary; side-panels show her Presentation in the Temple and the Annunciation.

Saint Bernard Roman Catholic Church, in Albers, Illinois, USA - altar of Saint Joseph

Altar of Saint Joseph, with side-panels showing the Holy Family, and the flight into Egypt.

Saint Bernard Roman Catholic Church, in Albers, Illinois, USA - First Station of the Cross - Jesus is Condemned to Death

The first Station of the Cross; Pilate condemns Jesus to die.  Consider how Jesus Christ, after being scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the cross.

(I notice that many Catholic polychrome statues use a modulation of tone to enhance the three-dimensional quality: you can see this here in the folds of the garments.  In digital photography, there is an equivalent technique called 'local contrast enhancement' which is considered rather advanced.)

Saint Bernard Roman Catholic Church, in Albers, Illinois, USA - stained glass window of the Ascension

Stained glass window of the Ascension: 
Et cum hæc dixisset, videntibus illis, elevatus est: et nubes suscepit eum ab oculis eorum.
And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Acts 1:9
Saint Bernard Roman Catholic Church, in Albers, Illinois, USA - stained glass window of the Miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana

The Wedding Feast at Cana:
Et die tertia nuptiæ factæ sunt in Cana Galilææ, et erat mater Jesu ibi.
And the third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee: and the mother of Jesus was there.
John 2:1
Saint Bernard Roman Catholic Church, in Albers, Illinois, USA - stained glass window detail - Annunciation

Window detail of the Annunciation.
Ecce ancilla Domini: fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to thy word.
Saint Bernard Roman Catholic Church, in Albers, Illinois, USA - back of nave

Saint Bernard Roman Catholic Church, in Albers, Illinois, USA - baptismal font

Baptismal font, in the narthex.
euntes ergo docete omnes gentes: baptizantes eos in nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti
Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Matt. 28:19

Address:
202 North Broadway Street
Albers, Illinois 62215

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