Saturday, December 20, 2014

Anselm Chapel: A Quiet Place at MAS

a photo essay by Greg Snyder

The entrance to Anselm Chapel is located on the basement floor on the basement floor on the east side of the building. Its welcoming cross window to the left of the door is one's first experience.


Upon entering Anselm Chapel, your eyes sweep across the room to take in the warmth of the layout, with its mix of traditional charm and modern simplicity.


From the right side of the chapel, chairs are laid out beneath the creatively covered south facing windows.

As you move your eyes back to the center of the chapel, the intimacy of the simple space offers a sense of peace and rest that is needed for prayer.

The altar, while simple, does not fade into the overall design of the chapel but commands the appropriate presence in the center of the room, guiding one's eyes to the crucifix and the tabernacle.

Eyes panning to the left of the makeshift redos to the right, one sees the beautiful stained glass windows.  On the left is Jesus and his Sacred Heart, which was created in 1903 and refurbished and donated in 2008 by Joseph and Gloria Denault.  On the right is an angel, created in 1903 and refurbished and donated in honor of David Schill, Sr.

In the place of honor, the tabernacle of a more modern design rests behind the altar and below the crucifix.  The tabernacle was donated by Raymond and Beatrice Waibel in 1987.

The bronze crucifix welcomes all to contemplate the Passion.

From the right, the sanctuary lamp signifies the presence of God in the tabernacle.

To the right of the altar, the stained glass windows of an angel and the Blessed Virgin Mary with her Immaculate Heart.  The angel with a censor was created in 1903 and refurbished and donated in honor of Valentine and Darleen Schill.  To the left of the angel is the Virgin Mary with her Immaculate Heart, which was created in 1903 and refurbished and donated in honor of Harold Schill, Sr. 

Near the entrance of the chapel is a statue of Saint Joseph holding a lily.  The flower represent's Joseph's virtue, holiness, innocence, and obedience to God.

The south facing exterior windows let in a great deal of light.  The window covering with the transparent panel design with a reed design allows for warm but tempered light diffusion.

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