20 February 2010

Bits 'n' pieces...

Here's a little potpourri of items around Our Lady of the Atonement Church which people may or may not have noticed.  There's no rhyme or reason to these pictures... just things of interest.

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There's a lovely little positiv organ in the Chapel of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  It's from the John Crum Organ Company in Cobleskill, NY, which had brought its components from Germany.  The organ has five ranks of pipes and a zimbelstern (as my parents used to say, "If you don't know what a word means, look it up!).

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The Pieta is in what was the original porch of the church.  When the building was expanded, this is now a quiet place for prayer, just off the nave.  When the statue was restored, we had it painted in the colors of Our Lady of the Atonement, with the distinctive red mantle.

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On either side of the Shrine Chapel of Our Lady of the Atonement are statues of St. Anthony of Padua and St. Therese, the Little Flower.  Of particular interest are the niches in which the statues stand.  Over St. Anthony is a castle-shaped roof, symbolizing the Western Church, and over the Little Flower is a dome-shaped roof, symbolizing the Eastern Church.  In this way, we remember the importance of praying for the unity of the Church, through the intercession of Our Lady of the Atonement and all the saints.

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Halfway up the nave, often not noticed, is a Spanish colonial statue of Our Lady.  Carved in c.1760, she holds a rosary that belonged to our Archbishop Emeritus, who presented it on the day he consecrated the High Altar.