Saturday, April 16, 2022

Resurrexit sicut dixit, Alleluia! Our new apse mural unveiled

Happy Easter from the priest and people of Saint Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, Maryland

Our sanctuary dressed for Lent with large veil concealing the mural. The veil was opened at the intoning of the Gloria at the Easter vigil.

(Photo taken Easter morning 2022)

At the vigil this year we unveiled the newly completed apse wall mural, visible in above photo, for the first time to the public. Thanks goes to our Lord, and our parish patron Saint Francis de Sales upon whom we ever rely for the graces of intercession, and to our parishioner-artist Bob and the other parishioners who assisted in the project. 

Details include golden rays and clouds surrounding the Lamb window at the top, below that Saint Francis de Sales with angels in glory and architectural details at the bottom with cherubs surrounding the blue and gold reredos.

Above the sanctuary are hanging three brass sanctuary lamps and two Waterford chandeliers.

These appointments are in addition to two previously completed trompe l'oeil murals atop the sacristy doors, also visible in photo above. A roundel above the entrance to the priest sacristy features patron of parish priests, Saint John Vianney, and a second, over the entrance to the server sacristy depicting Roman boy martyr for the sake of Our Lord in the Eucharist, Saint Tarcissius.

We offer this work for the glory of God and the salvation of souls through the traditional Latin liturgy of our Roman rite which we offer daily in our parish.

See at the following link the video of the unveiling during the Gloria at the Easter vigil mass:

Surrexit Dominus vere, Alleluia!

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