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Our Lady of Victory

August 22nd, 2009, Promulgated by Choir





I know many people who read this blog attend Our Lady of Victory. Here are a few pictures from yesteryear. The rectory seems to have more lawn today than then. Who ever does the gardening at OLV has done a really beautiful job. The garden is easy on the eyes. The picture that shows St. Joseph’s Church is looking east from Our Lady of Victory. It must have been a somewhat residential area back when.

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8 Responses to “Our Lady of Victory”

  1. Thanks for sharing the photos. The third picture, a copy of which is tacked to a wall in my office, has an interesting history.

  2. Anonymous says:

    They must have removed some of the parking lot to make room for the garden next to the church. Nice pics.

  3. Dr. K says:

    The first image of Our Lady of Victory in the post is from the 1890s. Here is one from 1926: click here.

    A number of differences can be seen between the two images of OLV from the 1890s to 1926:
    -A new altar rail has been installed
    -The statues above the side shrines are gone
    -The paintings on the back wall of the sanctuary are gone, and have been replaced by either painted on designs, or wallpaper
    -There's a new lighting system hanging above the front of the church
    -The left shrine is completely different (and is different again in the modern day OLV, where a painting is now located there)
    -A few statues have been added to the front of the church
    -A new pulpit has been installed
    -The reredo has been painted white
    -A lot of cloths have been hung from the ceiling (something seen in a lot of historic images of churches)

    So many changes in such a short period of time.

    ~Dr. K

  4. Often the Belgians would use tapestries to decorate their churches.

    It looks like in the 1926 picture there is a frontal hanging on the altar.

    I wish Father A would reinstall the altar rail for Holy Communion. He could actually say the Tridentine Mass at the High Altar too. Everything is stll intact.

  5. Anonymous says:

    God bless Fr. Antinarelli.

  6. Gen says:

    Absolutely amazing. Thanks!

  7. Sister Emily says:

    Choir , You are right on with the dates. I enlarged the picture and I am quite sure the 3rd car in is a 1926 Ford Model T Roadster Convertibile. An extraordinary amount of time must have gone in to this presentation the past few days. I am going to copy the pictures of OLV and tomorrow night it will be interesting to bring them with me to see the changes. Thanks.

  8. Sister Emily – Please leave your comments about what has changed. I'll be at OLV in the morning. In the apse I always thought a nice trompe d'oeil would be nice of some scene in the life of Our Blessed Lady.

    What do you think Bernie? You would probably know best.

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