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Side Altars: Blessed Virgin and Saint Joseph

Blessed Virgin Altar

donated by

Mary Tiedan Heppert and Joseph F. Heppert Family

whose memory is held precious among their descendents and prayerfully in Saint Benedict Church.

The tabernacle shown below
rests on the Blessed Virgin Altar in the south transept.




Sacred Art
in Saint Benedict Church

A rose is the center of the rose window over the Blessed Virgin altar, pictured below.

Photos of the Blessed Virgin altar
The altar honors the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of Mystical Rose, with the inscription Rosa Mystica, ora pro nobis. Association of the rose or rosebush with Mary dates back to the fifth century with references relative to Isaiah 11:1, "a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom." The root refers to Christ’s Davidic genealogy, the bush was Mary, and the blossom or rose was Jesus

The Marian inscription is on the front of the altar, hidden by the two racks of votive candles. ls of angels in veneration are on both sides of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


The mural of the angel robed in rose color shown to the right cannot be seen in the photo of the altar above.



Saint Joseph Altar

donated by

Ida Ruppert Bucker and August H. Bucker

whose memory is held precious among their descendents and prayerfully in Saint Benedict Church.


A tabernacle, depicting a chaliced with the Body and Blood of Jesus, and a cruciform reliquary as shown to the left rest upon the Saint Joseph altar in the north transept.




Below is a photograph of the relic of the True Cross.

As is the Blessed Virgin altar, Saint Joseph altar is replete with symbolism.

A symbolic lily is the center of the rose window over Saint Joseph altar, as shown below.

The flowering staff in his right hand recalls an ancient legend taken from the Protoevangelion of James, a Christian writing from the second century. A husband was chosen for Mary by gathering together the walking-sticks of all the widowers from among the people. Joseph was selected, the story goes, because his staff burst into bloom. The lily in the rose window above is symbolic of Saint Joseph. The figure at the feet of Saint Joseph is shown with carpentry tools. The emblem is engraved on the front of the alter, hidden in the picture by the racks of votive lights.




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