Saturday, 6 April 2013

THE RESTORATION OF ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH LOUTH

THE RESTORATION OF 
ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC 
CHURCH LOUTH

Before this restoration it was safe to say that St. Mary's Catholic Church, Louth resembled a post reformation church stripped down as if Cromwell himself had pillaged the building and finished the job off with a coat of white wash to banish every trace of Catholicism. 


In the past three years St. Mary's Louth (my own parish church) has literally been resurrected and once again returned back to its authentic Catholic splendour.


Not only have seven new stained glass windows been installed, but the interior has been adorned in greens and reds and canopied with a blue ceiling. These colours not only reflect the original Georgian heritage of this building, but also authentic traditional Catholic liturgical colours. The font has been moved to the correct position at the entrance to remind us of our baptism as we enter and a new narthex has also been designed and built.


The Gillick brothers, James & Gabriel, believe strongly in the catechetical aspects of liturgical works and the ability of things beautifully made to raise the mind to God in the context of the Mass.


THE NEW STAINED GLASS WINDOW OF SAINT MARY



THE NEW STAINED GLASS WINDOW OF SAINT EUSTACE WHITE SON OF LOUTH, RECUSANT PRIEST, MARTYRED AT TYBURN, AND ONE OF THE 40 MARTYRS OF ENGLAND & WALES.



One of the lost, but most important teachings of the Catholic Church is that every aspect of Catholicism, from the liturgy, the colours, the statues, architectural features, the music, plainchant, incense, and vestments are all present to draw us towards the ultimate truths of Christ. Catholicism needs all of these aspects to draw us into the sacred and spiritual, so that people are led, using all of the human senses, into the inner truths of Christ's Holy Catholic Church. After this excellent restoration this church is now fit for purpose. 

LOUTH IS THE HOME OF THE LINCOLNSHIRE UPRISING

3 comments:

  1. Bravo for the Gillicks! And I must now pay this beautiful church a visit.

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  2. A beautiful Catholic church! Very, very encouraging.

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  3. As the author of a brief biography of St. Eustace White, I am delighted to see his image in the town of his, and my, birth. God bless those responsible for its installation. Fr. Mark Vickers

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