Sunday, June 27, 2010

A few details at Saint Stephen's

Here are some pictures from Saint Stephen's Lutheran in Milwaukee (corner of 5th & Scott-just down the street from the Allen Bradley Clock Tower-come join us any day for daily Mass, 9 a.m.).  This first one is part of a lower panel of stained glass.
This is a picture of one of the credence tables, decorated in the back by an icon of the Virgin Mother of God with the Christ Child.  All three items on this table, the lavabo pitcher & bowel, the sanctus bells, and the server's paten, are items which, with their uses, we have added at Saint Stephen's only within the last two years.   
The next three are some detail of the woodwork within this church, built almost 110 years ago for the worship of our Immanuel, in 1901. 


gnesio-lutheran said...

The icon more specically represents 'Our Lady of Perpetual Help.' The original is a 13th century Byzantine icon, which was 'rediscovered' in Rome by some Augutinian friars ca. 1865. It soon became a vey popular and widely reproduced image in late-ninteenth century Europe and America. I personally have an antique chromolithograph of the same subject hanging in my living room.

gnesio-lutheran said...

It is also nice that you have revived the Sanctus bells and server paten. Your neighboring Roman Rite parishes (Our Lady of Guadalupe and San Patricio) use neither.

Deacon Latif Haki Gaba, SSP said...

Dear Gnesio-Luthean:

I have maybe never said this, but I enjoy and appreciate the comments I get here from you, my mysterious Lutheran friend. So thank you. To be sure, I am not unaware of the beautiful tradition of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. I just happen to have chose in this case, for some reason, to refer to it in a more general way. For several years now it has been one of my favorite icons. I see a great deal of meaning in it. One could preach on it.

Regarding the plate and bells, and so forth, our practice is definitely traditionalist in a way that goes against the current in both the modern RC Church and in the modern American Lutheran Church. Some people hold their index finger up in the air to check which way the wind is blowing before deciding what to do and say and think. We stand in the face of the zeitgeist and hold up a different finger to it.

Deacon Latif Haki Gaba, SSP said...

That finger of course being the pinky, as a way of saying that it seems like a good time to say mass, with my fingers held "just so."