19 May 2012

Do You Recognize This Church?

Answer in the combox.  You can click to enlarge.


Karen said...

I have no idea but I'll go out on a limb and say St. Peter's?

StGuyFawkes said...

Yes, it is the parish church of St. Louis' SSPX community. It is on Dolan Street in a really banged up neighborhood but it is indeed a really beautiful church and I was just thinking last night how wonderful it would be to attend Mass there should things go well between His Holiness and BP Fellay.

The church did have some shall we say "undistinguished" uses before SSPX took over. Previously it was used by some gay denomination and it was famous among members of the gay community. However, I have heard the rumor, I don't know if it is true, that when Bp. Williamson came to consecrate the church a sort of blessing or rite of purification was made to spiritually cleanse the building of its previous use. On the other hand it may be that whenever a church is consecrated back to a Catholic use it gets such treatment. I'm also wanting to know if the church was originally an Eastern Rite church.

St. Guy

StGuyFawkes said...

What a fool I am. I take back my last comment. The Dolan avenue church is much too small to be this Church. I think this is St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Just look at the latin above the arch!"Tu Es Petrus and super hanc Petram aedificat..."

The Dolan Ave. SSPX church does have a canopy, I believe and everyone should mass there when things get worked out in Rome and Econe.

Konstantin said...

That would be the "Cathedrale Marie Reine du Monde" in Montreal

KenC said...

Super hanc petram reminds me of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

Hootiecootie said...

I know this is a trick question.

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome

dulac90 said...

I recognized the architectural source, but needed a bit of research to find out this "replica" existed.

Is that the 1/3 scale church, Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral Basilica in Montreal?

thetimman said...

Yes, that is a trick question. Konstantin had it first, the Cathedrale Marie Reine du Monde, or Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, in Montreal.

Having seen both it and St. Peter's, I will say it is a very good replica, particularly the exterior. It has about a billion dollars less ornamentation on the inside, as you would imagine. Makes me want to head back to Rome. Nothing prepares you for the sheer immensity and grandeur of St. Peter's.

Cathy D said...

Hey! I've been there! I went to mass there in a side chapel!

I loved Montreal. The meals I had there were meat with a side of meat.

And something maple flavored for dessert.

Anonymous said...

Cathy D:

I was recently in our neighbor to the north and was ashamed of myself. Given my geographical background and various food affinities, I should have loved poutine: french fries, gravy, cheese curds - what's not to love? Sadly, it kind of grossed me out.

Proud SLPS Parent