The New Stone Altars of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis

The chapel renovations at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St Louis, Missouri are fairly well known to our readers as we have touched upon them previously, but a specific element I would like to highlight in this particular renovation are the exquisite altars that were executed by Rugo Stone.  For the project, which was done in collaboration with McCrery Architects of Washington D.C., they crafted an altar of sacrifice (i.e. the main altar beneath the ciborium) and an "altar of reservation" where the tabernacle is situated. These altars utilize beautifully coloured limestone and red marbles that could as easily find these altars situated within Rome as much as they are in the American midwest.  

We begin with the main altar which is situated beneath a ciborium magnum (for those wondering, these photos come from prior the consecration of the new chapel, hence the absence of candlesticks, altar cloths, etc.):

A closer look at some of the details of the new high altar:

This altar contains a central mosaic medallion of the Lamb of God resting on the book with the seven seals told of in the Book of Revelation. Around are found the Latin words, "Ecce Agnus Dei" (Behold the Lamb of God). 

Next we look at the altar of reservation upon which the tabernacle is situated.  This is actually my favourite of the two altars because of the much less commonly seen red marble that is sued in its design. It is a stunning piece of work and it also includes the less commonly seen variant of the IHS Christogram, here found in the form of IHC:

A closer look will reveal some of the floriated designs found on the altar. 

Two truly stunning altars and a good reminder that stone altars needn't only come in white or cream. A little colour and design can go a very long way -- a way this is still characterized by noble beauty and simplicity.

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