Thursday, July 21, 2022

A Chapel Restored in London

Our long-time contributor, and photographer extraordinaire, Fr Lawrence Lew OP, has kindly shared with us pictures of some new statues added to one of the chapels of the Church of St Dominic and Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in London. ( The shrine has 14 side-chapels, each one dedicated to a mystery of the Rosary. The Joyful Mysteries and the first two Sorrowful ones run down the church’s left side-aisle, from near the main sanctuary toward the back; the latter three Sorrowful and first four Glorious go from the back up the right side-aisle. The fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation of the Virgin, is commemorated in the main apse around the high altar, which has recently been restored and re-gilded. The church also has a separate Lady Chapel with a Rosary Altar in the right transept, at which the Virgin Mary is also honored with the title “Seat of Wisdom”, in reference to the Dominican vocation to scholarship and teaching.

Historical photo show that this chapel originally had two angels attached to the columns at its entrance, holding votive lamps, and four others on top of the reredos with musical instruments in their hands. All six of them disappeared at some point, and no one seems to know why or when exactly. They have now been replaced, and the votive lamps will now be kept perpetually lit for the friends and benefactors of the shrine.

The angels prepared for mounting on the columns.

The upper part of the reredos without the angels.
New finials added to hold the replacements.
Ready for installation.
And the work is finished!

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