Interior - Stella
4421 Lower River Road, Stella Niagara, NY
Niagara Academy - Official Website
|Chapel of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart|
Chapel renovation artists:
Slawinski and Michael Baranowski
On this page below:
Stations of the Cross
Entrance portal Detail below:
"... symbol of the heart of Christ from which the LIVING WATERS flow forth. Through the waters of Baptism the Christian must pass..." - Brochure
Sanctuary and front of nave "The nave is separated from the sanctuary by three steps which eliminate the usual barrier created by a COMMUNION RAIL." - Brochure Details below:
"Christ in Majesty" / "Christ the Teacher" sgraffito mural icon All sgraffito murals by Joseph Slawinski Detail below:
"... hand upraised in the traditional gesture of the philosopher-teacher. On the open book of the gospel are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, signifying that Christ is the beginning and end of all things ..." -Brochure Alpha and Omega
All stained glass windows by Joseph Slawinski
Five symbolic panels above the curved altar screen, the Last Supper Eight details below:
LEFT: IHS. Example of a Christogram: IHS are the first 3 letters in Jesus' name in Greek: iota, eta, and sigma. Also, IHS in Latin stands for "In Hoc Sanctis," which means "In this sacred place" or "In His Service" or "I Have Suffered."
LEFT: CHALICE. Associated with thje Last Supper and the Crucifixion.
LEFT: Sanctuary lamp is mounted in the cross
CENTER: Pelican and Chicks. Pelican is symbol for Jesus. Just as a pelican pecks its own breast for blood to feed her young, Jesus sacrificed his blood for mankind. Symbol of the Eucharist.
RIGHT: Cross. Doves. Symbol of the Eucharist.
Last Supper Note Judas hiding his thirty pieces of silver
"Below the altar table is a wrought iron symbol, the PX on which a fish and a basket of bread are superimposed. The loaves and fishes are a reminder of the miracle Christ performed ... they suggest the reality of the Eucharistic Meal." - Brochure
All sgraffito murals by Joseph Slawinski "Our Lady, Patroness of the Franciscan Order" Two details below:
Mary is represented with hands extended in the ancient gesture of prayer.
"Saint Joseph, patron of the Universal Church" sgraffito mural
Note Stations of the Cross - Detailed in the next section below
Note Stations of the Cross - Detailed in the next section below Three stained glass windows detailed below:
Sculptor? Center images: fleurs-de-lis
Note ceiling stained glass windows Detail below:
Painted organ pipes Detail below: