The church appears to be made of native limestone, with aluminum trim: the architectural use of that metal became popular in Art Deco building, and continued with Modernism.
This church has a plan not much different than what is found in neo-Gothic buildings made half a century before, but uses the styling of Modernism. This was typical of the pre-Concilliar period, and this kind of artful High Modernism was quickly abandoned by the mid-1960s in favor of less Catholic designs.
The sanctuary is spartan, yet finely made, as was common during that era. Behind the tabernacle is a new stained glass window which shows the five Luminous Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Luminous Mysteries were proclaimed by Pope John Paul II in October of 2002.
Nice linen covers the altar, which is supported by columns carved with acanthus leaves.
The tabernacle is stone with bronze doors depicting angels in adoration. On the base is the pious pelican, a Christological symbol of sacrificial love. Our Lord waits here in secret; perhaps we could spend some time with Him?
Stained glass windows in the clerestory depict the fifteen traditional mysteries of the Rosary; here is the Finding of the Christ Child in the Temple.
At the musicians' niche, a lyre is depicted in a window.
Sorrowful mysteries towards the back.
Relics, and a statue of Saint Martin of Tours (ca. 316 - ca. 397). Martin was a Roman soldier, then a holy monk, and then Bishop of Tours in Gaul. According to legend, Saint Martin went into hiding to avoid being made bishop, but a honking goose revealed his location.
Saint Martin has a traditional devotion in France, particularly by men. Whenever France sank into degeneracy and effeminacy — as it is today — renewed devotion to this great Saint led to a great national revival. We ought to remember that Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, or Veterans Day — November 11th — all have their root in Saint Martin's Day. Saint Martin de Tours, priez pour la France!
Infant Jesus of Prague.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
A freshly-lit votive candle.
A prayer when lighting a votive candle.
☩ THIS STONE ☩
WAS BLESSED AND PLACED
BY THE MOST REVEREND
JOSEPH E. RITTER D.D.
ARCHBISHOP OF ST. LOUIS
ON APRIL 22, 1951
☩ A.M.D.G ☩
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