CHAPEL OF THE SAINTS
When faith, celebrated in a particular way in the liturgy, encounters art, a profound synchrony is created, because both can and want to praise God, making the Invisible visible. (Benedict XVI).
A Chapel inside a Blue Ribbon High School in San Antonio meant to very didactic. The main goal, apart from communicating the beauty of a sacred place, was to send a message through the images.
The Crucifix, and old bronze piece found in an antiquary, helped us design the rest of the Chapel.
Behind the ambo, an image of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, with the words: Erat subditus illis teach us to obey our parents just as the Word made flesh did.
Behind the altar, a beautiful oil painting of the moment when Our Lord on the Cross, says to Saint John, Ecce Mater tua, giving Our Lady to His Church, helps to remind us during the Eucharistic prayer of the Sacrifice of Christ renewed on the altar.
Behind the Tabernacle, two angels remind us of the Ark of Old Covenant, and at the same time these angels are on both sides of the gate to Heaven, which is filled by Light and the words: Deum de Deo, Lumen de Lumine shine over the door, and amid the Light you can see Noah’s Ark: God’s First Covenant; Abraham seated at a table with three angles: God’s Second Covenant; and the two Stone Tablets given to Moses with the written Law: God’s Third Covenant; and in front of these the Tabernacle which is the Last and Eternal Covenant: the real presence of God among His People.
The space along with a very deep study of natural light, the form of the altar, the ambo, and the Tabernacle help create a sense of sacredness.
The walls decorated with oil paintings of different Saints, selected by the High School students, are a serious reminder that we are all called to holiness, and that we must achieve it having the same feelings of Jesus: that is why the Sacred Heart is in the center of the base of the altar.
Everything in this contemporary chapel is at the same time as old and as new as the Gospel. No way of forgetting the main truths of our faith, while we pray.
Design made by Dario Bucheli and Rev. José Castaño