On my recent visit to Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Cincinnati (see here), I was delighted to be taken on a tour of the church, without which I may never have seen the church's beautiful Centennial Chapel.
The Centennial Chapel opened in 1917, the year of the church's centennial. During World War I and World War II, it was open to the public twenty-four hours a day. After World War II, it was re-dedicated as a memorial chapel for all fallen soldiers.
The side altar (above) contains a painting of the Holy Family that has been attributed to Rubens, the Flemish Baroque artist.
Opposite the main altar in the chapel is a tapestry created from a Raphael sketch of the miraculous draught of fishes.
It also happened that I got to see the Holtkamp organ in the Centennial Chapel the day before it (the console and pipes) was scheduled to be disassembled and donated to Trinity Lutheran Church in Medina, New York!
The Centennial Chapel is the site of Christ Church's 8 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharist Rite, as well as the weekly "Music Live at Lunch" programs presented every Tuesday, I believe. The acoustics in the chapel must be amazing.
It is a lovely setting and I would love to worship someday in this distinctly medieval chapel.
(Please feel free to share this post with others using the Twitter, Facebook, and other buttons below. You can also subscribe to this blog in your blog reader or enter your email address at top right to receive posts via email)