Saint Mary Help of Christians Church in Aiken, South Carolina, about 16 miles from downtown Augusta, Georgia just completed its new church which was dedicated on February 2nd. They now have three churches on their downtown property. The first and oldest is currently their adoration chapel, the second will be used for funerals and weddings and I presume daily Mass and the new for large Sunday celebrations and other major liturgies.
So here is some smart Catholic Church eye-candy:
Beautiful! Very Southern use of colors.
Looks nice. Looks Catholic.
Now, if we could just get those organ pipes (which are currently housed in a cabinet at the front center rail of our unused choirloft) moved back against the choirloft wall---and start using the choirloft . . . !(I'm talking about St. Joseph in Waycross, Ga., that is).
Interestingly, the Cathedral of St. Augustine (in St. Augustine, Fl) had its choirloft torn out in the 1960's but it was recently reconstructed as a part of a $4 million renovation. I was there for the Good Friday liturgy and the choir was chanting in Latin from the loft. You should see the place!
I like the way the forward altar is beneath the ciborium magnum and can be used for celebrations in either orientation, and that the font is in its traditional and symbolic position at the entrance to the church.
The South has indeed risen again!
I don't see an altar railing, that would have been a marvelous touch, but there is space for one in the future.
Also, my only other critique would be the back side of the altar where the priest would stand celebrating the Mass facing the people. It should look like the front side and not be as plain as it is.
Our new altar has a lovely carving of the crown of thorns on the back side and could easily have been used on the front. Apart from the carvings, both sides are identical in looks.
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