Sunday, February 06, 2011

Lost Catholic Saint Louis

AN ALTAR, in the convent of the former Holy Innocents Catholic Church, in Saint Louis:

Former Holy Innocents Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - altar in convent chapel

The church closed in 2005 and the convent is now an art studio; the chapel is a gallery. There was an exhibition going on at the time, and the chapel was crowded, and so I was only able to get a close up of the altar itself. Do you notice the markings on the stone before the altar?

Former Holy Innocents Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - at altar in convent chapel - stains from genuflection

That appears to be precisely where a priest would genuflect after consecration; the left marking would be from his shoe, and the larger marking on the right would be from his knee. Traces of piety remain.

Former Holy Innocents Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - altar in convent chapel - detail of mensa

Consecration took place on this spot; we see one of the five crosses on the altar mensa, and the capsule where the altar relics were kept.

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