The Cathedral - The Altar

The Cathedral - The AltarThe Altar as center of the community represents Christ. Christ is the victim and the altar of sacrifice. The Altar is dedicated by the anointing of Chrism. Chrism, Christ's oil, is spread all over the Altar as the oil was spread over the feet of Jesus shortly before his passion. The Altar is treated as Christ's body thus nothing is simply laid on the altar for reason of decor. Only the bread, wine and the book needed for prayer are placed on the Altar. Even candles are placed around the Altar area. The shape of the Altar suggests that it is both an Altar and a Holy Table. It is the place where the community eats and drinks with God. The four sides are fairly uniform suggesting the equality of all those who gather around the Table.

Elements from the former Altar and reredos (the depiction of our Lord's crucifixion in the apse of the building) were used in erecting the Altar, connecting the new with the old. Surrounding the sanctuary platform, in the floor at its four corners, are the Holy Angels in mosaic. These four angels represent the variety and diversity of the human race and the Diocese of Gary: African, Anglo, Asian and Hispanic. These patrons of the Diocese and the parish invite the faithful to join in their unending hymn of praise.

The Cathedral - The Altar The Cathedral - The Altar

African Mosaic
African Mosaic

Anglo Mosaic
Anglo Mosaic

Asian Mosiac
Asian Mosiac

Hispanic Mosiac
Hispanic Mosiac