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Chapel of the Holy Innocents
Church of the Good Shepherd
96 Jewett Pkwy. at Summit, Buffalo, NY
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The lower floor of the Guild house was converted to a Children's Chapel designed especially for them. The statuary, the small benches and chairs and the religious pictures were carefully selected with this in mind. Every detail of the Chapel's decoration was planned with definite appeal to children.

On the beam over the chancel in large gold leaf letters are the words of Jesus: "Suffer little children to come unto me."

The magnificent stained glass window over the altar was also made by the Louis Tiffany Glass Company of New York. The subject: "Christ blessing the little children," was taken from an oil painting by Flandrin. Christ is depicted sitting on a step before an oriental building, looking with loving eyes at a group of children. He is touching the tiny hand of a child, who is gazing at him with wonder.

Mr. William Northrup, a frequent European traveler was struck by the site of worship of the early Christians. They worshipped underground beneath the present streets of Rome in the burial area known as the Catacombs. Therefore, the arched columns and pillars in the Chapel of the Holy Innocents are skillfully designed plaster imitations of the actual columns and pillars in the Catacombs, wrought in soft sandstone of that area.



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Nave and chancel
Furnishings were carefully selected with children in mind.

On the beam over the chancel in large gold leaf letters are the words of Jesus

Stained glass window, Christ With Children, by Tiffany Studios

The arched columns are plaster imitations of the actual columns and pillars

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Plaster imitations of the actual columns and pillars in the Catacombs


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Special thanks to Rev. David Selzer, rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, for his cooperation and assistance

Photos and their arrangement © 2004 Chuck LaChiusa
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