Sunday Shrine 1/18

Shrine to St. Oliver Plunket, SJ, the last of the “Popish Plot” Martyrs.

St. Oliver Plunkett

Yep, somebody made playing cards out of this trial and execution, it was such a big deal. Once the men were dead, a sifting was made of the facts.  Then it was discovered that Titus Oates made the whole thing up.  By then, the damage was already done, and more 16th century Brits were reading Dan Brown and loving it.

Here’s the shrine they built for him, at St. Patricks Roman Catholic church in Drogheda, Ireland.  Special thanks to Trounce ,  Peter Murphy, and Ralph Ellis for posting such nice pictures.

By Trounce (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This is the shrine itself. The spire echoes the architecture of the church itself, and reflects the shape of a monstrance.  It’s not blasphemous. After all, man is made in the image and likeness of God, and the saint is only a saint because God has infused them.  This is made for God’s honor, not man.

By Trounce (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The face of a martyr.  He was hanged, drawn and quartered.  Looks pretty good for all that, and over 300 years later.

By Trounce (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

⇓Now we get to see a particularly beautiful sculpture of the Last Supper, carved out of marble. I particularly like the weariness you can see on Christ’s face.  The emotions really jump out at you, yet a classical beauty remains.

By Ralph Ellis (Ralphellis at en.wikipedia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

And here we get a look at the church on the outside.   St Patricks is a lovely example of French Gothic revival.

By William Murphy (Flickr: Drogheda – St. Peter’s Church) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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