Friday, January 22, 2010

Modern Day Craftsmanship at the Oratory of Ss. Gregory and Augustine

In March of 2009, we reported on Signs of Further Growth from the Oratory of Ss. Gregory and Augustine in St. Louis, an apostolate run under the auspices of the Benedictines of St. Louis Abbey.

This Oratory was erected in November 2007 and as we reported last March, the Oratory had commissioned some original sacred art to further beautify their present chapel -- which art was executed by a firm we have featured before on the NLM, HDB/Cram and Ferguson. As this chapel is considered a temporary home, the works commissioned were designed with the intent of both fitting their present circumstances and in view of future possibilities.

At the time we last reported, we showed readers the altarpiece which was then still in production:

We were very pleased to have been sent an update showing this altarpiece now finished and installed.

In addition to this altarpiece, a confessional was also designed, and is also now installed and in use:

Finally, a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham:

In recent years, it has been something of a cliché to suggest that traditional artistry and craftsmanship was no longer attainable. However, there are various liturgical firms and individual artisans operating today who are demonstrating that this is not in fact the case.

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