Holy Family Church   - Table of Contents

Side Altars - Holy Family RC Church
Our Lady of Charity Parish
1885 South Park Avenue, Buffalo NY

Research by Maureen P. Evans

On this page, below:

Joseph Altar

Marian Altar

Photos taken March 30, 2021

Joseph Altar

Joseph Altar    ...   In Europe, this usually would be a side chapel with an important person buried  there ....    Details below:

Joseph Altar    ...   Death of St. Joseph     ...    Nothing in the Bible about Joseph's death    ...    Lilies are usually associated with Mary and Joseph

Joseph Altar    ...   Celtic ornamentation throughout reredos 

Canon Table from the Book of Kells -  Online source  (online April 2021)
"The system of Canon Tables is a concordance device invented to indicate which passages are shared in which Gospels. It shows, for example, whether and where a particular passage in Matthew's Gospel also appears in Mark, Luke and John.   The presentation of the Canon Tables recalls the chancel arch of a church. The references correspond to those written in the margins of the book next to the Gospel passages." - British Library Board, "The Lindisfarne Gospels Tour" (online April 2021)    ...   Canon Tables may be the inspiration for the design below:

The four vertical stripes under arches are reminiscent of canon tables    ...   Three details below:

Joseph Altar    ...   Canon Table detail #1

Joseph Altar    ...   Canon Table detail #2

Joseph Altar    ...   Canon Table detail #3

Joseph Altar    ...   Altar and tabernacle, detailed below:

Joseph Altar    ...   Tabernacle    ...   Sunburst    ...    IHS    ...    Chalice

Joseph Altar    ...   Three altar details below:

Joseph Altar - Detail #1    ...    Celtic cross

Joseph Altar  - Detail #2   ...   Christogram?

Joseph Altar  - Detail #3: Stone column

Marion Altar

Marion Altar    ...    Four details below:

Marian Altar    ...    Sacred Heart of Jesus  mural

Marion Altar    ...    The four vertical stripes under arches on the reredos are reminiscent of canon tables 

Marion Altar    ...  Mary Immaculate, Patroness of North America    ...    Mary stands on a crescent moon above a snake. This depiction of the Immaculate Conception refers to the Book of Revelations 12:1 "A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head... She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth." See Immaculate Conception for more information.

Marion Altar    ...    Mary stands on a crescent moon above a snake.

Kudos to former pastor Bryan Zieleniesk for his support of the restoration project.
Special thanks to historian Maureen Evans for her cooperation and assistance in 2021.

Photos and their arrangement 2021 Chuck LaChiusa
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