Thursday, March 29, 2012

St. Bridget of Kildare Church in Nyssa

Here are some photos of the interior of St. Bridget of Kildare Church in Nyssa, Oregon. 

Please keep the pastor of St. Bridget's, Fr. Daniel Ochiabuto, in your prayers; he has been hospitalized with malaria.

The church has a sort of high altar reminiscent of what was probably there originally. The shallow reconstructed step would make ad orientem celebration of the Mass a little difficult, I believe, but at least there is an attempt at a high altar!

The candlesticks are a nice touch:

There is, as we generally see these days, a free-standing altar in front of the "high altar", and this is where Mass is celebrated.

Removing the free-standing altar, reconstructing the step, and putting a full-length antependium on the high altar would make this a wonderful sanctuary for the Traditional Latin Mass - or for the novus ordo celebrated ad orientem. 

Here's a close-up of the base of the candlestick:

There are several statues; however, in a small church like St. Bridget, it's difficult to find the room to make a reasonable and aesthetic grouping. 

There are two interesting kneelers for those who wish to receive Holy Communion in the kneeling position. This shot also gives a view of the tile on the floor - another nice touch.

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