Saturday, December 13, 2014

Photo of the Day: Altar, Savannah’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

I had a prior post on its exterior, but the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is worth exploring in greater depth. I took this photograph on the same mid-November afternoon when I snapped the earlier shot of this magnificent Savannah landmark.  This immense main altar—9,000 pounds, no less—was, like the four side altars, carved in Italy of Carrar marble. The stained glass behind the altar was the handiwork of Tyrolean artists in Austria.

You can’t see it here, but there’s a Latin phrase inscribed on the main altar: Beati Qui Ad Cenam Agni Vocati Sunt. It comes from Revelation 19:9, translating as, “Blessed are they who are called to the banquet of the Lamb."

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