Holy Family Church   - Table of Contents

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

Research by Maureen Evans

On this page, below:

Ceiling mural

Stained glass windows

Two Canvases:  Christ in  Emmaus

Main Altar

Celtic murals

Altar rail

Photos taken March 30, 2021


Partial reprint


Celtic religious treasures at south Buffalo church
By Eileen Buckley
WKBW, Mar 22, 2021  (online April 2021)


Rare artwork has been uncovered at a south Buffalo Catholic church.

Murals painted about 100 years ago inside Holy Family Church, now Our Lady of Charity on south Park, have been revealed in a large restoration project.

"Before I leave this earth — someone else should know about it,” declared Henry Swiatek, sr.

It's been Swiatek's mission to reveal these original, gilded  Celtic murals inside the former Holy Family Church.

The Swiatek family is in the restoration business.

Swiatek says he learned the Celtic murals had been painted over in the 1960's when he started working at the parish back in the early 1980's.

It took years, but Swiatek says he was finally able to convince the parish to begin the restoration process.

His son, Brett Swiatek, who now runs Swiatek studios is conducting the restoration.

Swiatek says they've spent the last three years removing layers and layers of paint to reveal these treasures.





Murals
   
1920 murals by Frode Rambusch     ...    Murals incorporate Celtic design - more than any church in the US  2019-2021   ...    Mural Restoration by Swiatek Studios

Stained glass windows
1920 stained glass windows by Tyrol Art Glass, Innsbruck, Austria    ...    Munich Pictorial Style stained glass windows



Nave   ...    Sanctuary



Sanctuary    ...    Details below:





Ceiling mural



Ceiling mural    ...    Mural by Frode Rambusch    ...    2019-2021 Mural Restoration by Swiatek Studios    ...   Details below:


Ceiling mural   ...     "Jehovah" in Hebrew in the center of the  Star of David    ...    Celtic knots



Ceiling mural   ...      Evangelists Matthew (winged man) and Mark (winged lion)



Ceiling mural   ...     Holy Spirit



Ceiling mural    ...      Evangelists  Luke (winged ox) and John (eagle)



Ceiling mural   ...        Crucifixion    ...   INRI    ...    Regnavit a ligno Deus = God has reigned from the tree    ...    Detail below:


Ceiling mural   ...     Crown of thorns    ...    One of the five stigmata



Ceiling mural   ...    Apostles  ?  and St. James the Greater  (pilgrim's staff)



Ceiling mural   ...      Apostles   ? and St. John the apostle/evangelist  (beardless, Bible)



Ceiling mural   ...    Apostles  ? and St. Peter (keys)



Ceiling mural   ...    Apostles  St. Paul (sword and bible) and St. Andrew (saltire)


Ceiling mural   ...    Apostles  St. Jude (axe)  and St. Thomas  (square)


Ceiling mural:  Apostles  St. James the Less (carpenter's saw) and St. Bartholomew (flaying knife)



Menorah and Torah



Pelican and Chicks



Sacrificial Lamb



Ten Commandments and Crosses Bottony





Munich Pictorial Style stained glass windows   
Stained glass windows by
Tyrol Art Glass, Innsbruck, Austria



The Sacrifice of Melchisedech    ...    Genesis 14: 18-20    ...    Abram appears before Melchisedech after victorious in battle.  It is the first reference to the Eucharistic offering in the Old Testament   ...   Three details below:



The Sacrifice of Melchisedech  
- Detail #1    ...    Grapes    ...   Host in chalice    ...    Wheat



The Sacrifice of Melchisedech  
- Detail #2



The Sacrifice of Melchisedech  
- Detail #3





The Last Supper    ...   Four details below:


The Last Supper 
  - Detail #1     ...   Pelican and Chicks



The Last Supper 
  - Detail #2



The Last Supper 
  - Detail #3    ...    Far left:  Beardless St. John



The Last Supper 
  - Detail #4    ...    Upper right: Judas, looking away





Crucifixion    ...   Four details below:


Crucifixion  - Detail #1    ...    Anchor



Crucifixion  - Detail #2



Crucifixion  - Detail #3    ...    St. Mary Magdalene



Crucifixion  - Detail #4    ...    Mary, the mother of Jesus





The Mass of St. Bernard     ...    Two details below:


The Mass of St. Bernard  - Detail #1    ...    Sacrificial lamb



The Mass of St. Bernard   - Detail #2





Figures in reverse order:       Domenichino's Last Communion of St. Jerome     ...   St. Jerome    ...    Four details below:


Domenichino's Last Communion of St. Jerome   - Detail #1    ...    Crowned chalice



Domenichino's Last Communion of St. Jerome   - Detail #2



Domenichino's Last Communion of St. Jerome   - Detail #3



Domenichino's Last Communion of St. Jerome   - Detail #4




Two Canvases:  Christ in  Emmaus


Christ on the Road to Emmaus (Pronounced: ee MAY is)    ...    Luke 24:13-27    ...   Text:   "Stay with us lord for it is nearly evening"    ...    Partially restored after a coat of white paint was removed    ...    Detail below:


Detail - Christ on the Road to
Emmaus (Pronounced: ee MAY is)


Supper at Emmaus   ...    Luke 24:13-27    ...    Text:  "He was made known to us in the breaking of the bread"   ...     Detail below:


Detail -
Supper at Emmaus




Main Altar


Main altar    ...    Details below:


Main altar    ...      Pelican and Chicks    ...     Vitruvian scroll    ...    Dentil molding    ...    Gilded dove



Main altar    ...    Pope Pius X


Main altar    ...    St. Teresa of the Flowers



Main altar    ...   Note tabernacle, detailed below:


Main altar    ...  Locked door of the tabernacle:    Sunburst    ...    IHS    ... Wheat   ...  Grapes



Main altar    ...     Marble columns    ...    Panel with Celtic Greek key/meander design





Celtic murals


Door to the left of the altar    ...   
Celtic mural door surrounds     ...    Two details below:


Celtic mural door surrounds  - Detail #1



Celtic mural door surrounds  - Detail #2




Carpet page from the Book of Lindisfarne    ...    Note the similar pattern in the photo below:


Celtic wall murals to the left of the altar    ...    Celtic carpet page pattern inspired by the Book of Lindisfarne    ...    Three additional photos  below:


Celtic wall murals  - Detail #2    ...    Henry Swiatek, Jr., head of Swiatek Studios that removed 1960s white paint and restored the murals    ...   Maureen Evans, the historian that documented the artwork in the church in 2018



Celtic wall murals  - Detail #3    ...    Henry Swiatek, Jr.


Celtic wall murals  - Detail #4    ...    Henry Swiatek, Jr.




Altar rail


Altar rail/communion rail/chancel rail    ...   Marble balustrade   ...    Column-shaped  balusters    ...    Mosaic and marble Celtic cross at left



Two
column-shaped  balusters



 
Marble Celtic cross on gold mosaic tessarae    ...   Two details below:


Celtic cross  - Detail #1   ...   Marble cross    ...     Glass gold mosaic tessarae 



Celtic cross  - Detail #1   ...   Exquisite Celtic knots



Communion rail  gates  ... Two details below:


Pelican and chicks



Lamb of God






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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