A Tour of the London Oratory: Chapel of Blessed John Henry Newman

To date we have covered the high altar, two primary side altars of St. Philip Neri and Our Lady, and the chapel of St. Wilfrid in the London Oratory, Let us now turn our attention back to the nave. To each side of the nave of the London Oratory are various chapels dedicated to particular saints. To the immediate right of the Lady altar, beneath the organ loft, is the altar of Blessed John Henry Newman.

This particular chapel is a new addition to the London Oratory, having been consecrated in 2010 following Newman's beatification.

The altar was designed by Russell Taylor. On the face of the gradine is "Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem" (Out of the shadows and illusions into truth). On the face of the altar are Newman's episcopal arms and motto, "Cor ad cor loquitur" (Heart speaks to heart).  This same motif is also found on the metal work at the entrance to the chapel.

Included in the design of the altar is the stately portrait of Cardinal Newman by John Evertt Millais executed in 1881, the original of which is found in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Photos: Charles Cole

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