Sunday, March 2, 2008

Cathedral of St. John Berchmans Altar

Here is a photo of the altar at St. John Berchmans. Unfortunately, since the photos were taken at night, you cannot see how beautiful the stained glass windows are. The five windows surrounding the altar are depictions of the sorrowful mysteries...
Another thing not quite visible in this photo is the bishop's seat that is directly behind the altar in the photo. Apparently when the renovations were done to allow for versus populum Masses, a portion of the altar rail was removed in the front, from which they constructed the bishop's seat. Unfortunately, they placed it directly in front of the tabernacle on the high altar. So, the tabernacle had to be moved to one of the side altars in the church. It doesn't seem quite right to make Jesus move to make room for the bishop, does it? Ah, well, so much was preserved in this cathedral, it is hard to complain...
The schola will be singing the entire propers and ordinaries on March 30th at the cathedral. It should be a great day!

Here is another photo of the beautiful altar at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans in Shreveport, Louisiana. This photo was taken this evening. I have more to post... but it will have to wait another day. Enjoy!

1 comment:

James H said...

Nice photos. I remember the Catherdral right before they did the big renovation. We are indeed blessed unlike other Renovations of major Catherdrals that so much of the origianl Cathedral was saved. That indeed was a blessing.