Neepery about the building is below the cut. It would be a shame to lose it.
It's the third building to have been built on the site. The first was in 1856, and the cornerstone was laid by St. John Nep. Neumann, then-bishop of Philadelphia. The second, larger building burned in a great fire in my grandparents' youth. The third was laid in 1915.
|My grandmother in foreground and |
her brothers laying the stone. Schwärs
had been stone masons for centuries.
|Pentecost Rose Window|
|God learning carpentry|
The bell tower contains a three-bell peal in C-G-E. The bells are named (from low note to high): Saint Joseph, Protector, Our Lady of the Angels, and Saint Agatha. The no longer swing -- too many tons rocking the tower -- but are struck with external hammer.
The designers of the church took pains to make its layout liturgically apt. Below is a long view from the choir loft, a bit washed out in light.
|The view from the choir loft.|
|The altar sits under a hemi-dome in an apse.|
There are four windows (two in view)
depicting prefigures of the Eucharist.
|These icons represent matrimony,|
holy orders, and extreme unction
The horizontal line along the top of the altar screen are icons representing the sacraments, with the Eucharist in the center. Below them, circular mosaics depict Eve and Mary. The vertical and horizontal line together represent an upside down cross.
|The old Eve considers the fruit|
|The new Eve considers the fruit|
while holding the fruit
|Detail: Cherubic corbels|
|High relief technique.|
|There are two lecterns on either side of the altar. |
One has a medallion showing Paul being blinded;
the other has a medallion showing Jesus teaching.
In former times, one was used for reading the
epistle and the other for reading the gospel.
|The betrothal, after Raphael|
|The windows in the choir loft are musical.|
This one is St. Gregory; the other (not shown)
is David as harper.