A special thank-you to Nhyob, from wikimedia. Lovely photos! All of these are his work, btw.
Today we are brought to Saint Cardinal Neumann Parish in Sunbury, Ohio. A modern parish building with truly breathtaking art… more signs that the stripped down dultrums seem to be going by the wayside. I can only rejoice at this development. Oh, that statue above is Cardinal Newman. I thought that would be a good introduction.
Even better is the next one.
This is the Holy Spirit Rose Window. I really have to hand it to him– he knows how to get stained glass to come out well. I have had no end of problems with this in my photography.
This is the painting above the Altar of Repose. That’s where the Host is reserved. It’s kind of a big deal. Putting Agnus Dei right there makes perfect sense. In case you are wondering what those red dangling things are, those are the infamous 7 Seals from the the Book of Revelation.
Let’s see this in context, shall we?
This is the high altar. Note the placement of the painting. Also, despite the recentness, the altar is front and center– another classic I approve of. For those of you who aren’t Catholic, that’s putting Christ where He belongs.
This is the St Joseph Shrine. Very nice. St. Joseph doesn’t get enough play, for some reason. Traditionally, there’s a St Joseph shrine on the Right side of every sanctuary.
The side panels show how Joseph protected the Holy Family and guided them in times of trouble, both physically and spiritually. The left Is the flight to Egypt (not exactly smooth sailing in those days) and the other was the dream that told him to take his family out of Israel during Herrod’s insanity and slaughter of the Holy Innocents.
And if this wasn’t awesome enough by itself: They have a designated Adoration Chapel!
Though this is clearly quite recent manufacture, they didn’t sell out and use cheap cutouts.
Last but certainly not least, here we have the monstrance. I’m not sure how I’d feel about the window behind it (I can’t really see enough of it to tell), pretty much everything else in this pic is nicely done. Glory Hallelujah!