description
OF
St. Alexander's Church,
BOOTLE-CUM-LINACRE
with
Account of Expenditure

Q 1885 Q

 

 
 

LIVERPOOL;

ROCKLIFF BROTHERS, LIMITED, PRINTERS, CASTLE STREET
 

 

 
 

NIHIL OBSTAT.

GULIELMUS CANONICUS WALKER,

5 OCT., 1885.

 

IMPRIMATUR

+ BERNARDUS EPUS LIVERPOLITANUS,

DIE 6 OCT., 1885.

 
DEDICATION
 

TO MY BELOVED PRIESTS, WHO HAVE TOILED SO ZEALOUSLY IN THE VARIOUS DUTIES OF MISSIONARY LIFE;

TO MY BELOVED PEOPLE, WHO FOR MANY YEARS HAVE HELPED SO GENEROUSLY IN ERECTING THE BUILDINGS CONNECTED WITH ST  ALEXANDER'S MISSION;

TO THOSE WHO HAVE DELIGHTED IN COMPLETING AND DECORATING THE CHURCH;
TO THOSE WHO HAVE EVER BEEN SO INDULGENT TO MY MANY SHORT-COMINGS;
TO THE COLLECTORS WHO HAVE BEEN LABOURED SO PERSEVERINGLY IN RAISING THE FUNDS NEEDED;
THIS BRIEF ACCOUNT -
A RECORD OF WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR OUR BLESSED LORD -

IS DEVOTEDLY AND AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED.

 
BOOTLE-CUM-LINACRE,
Sept. 25, 1885.
 
 

 

 

 
 

St. Alexander's Church,

 

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MISSION.

 
The Mission of St Alexander's was begun in the year 1862; and the Right Rev Alexander Goss, the Second Bishop of Liverpool, commissioned the Rev Samuel J Walsh to start it. The services were first held in a room, behind the Mersey Hotel, in Derby Road. This room was, I believe, originally a hayloft, but had some windows inserted on one side. On 20th October, 1866, the Primary Stone of the new Church was laid, and the Foundations blessed by Dr Goss. It was to be dedicated to his Patron Saint, and is the first Church of St Alexander probably ever erected in England. At his own request, father Walsh resigned the Mission in June 1867. He went out to America and died there, after many years of labor in New Jersey. Many in Bootle will still remember his wonderful powers as a preacher; and his friends are never likely to forget the intellectual treats they received from his varied reading, and from the charm of his conversation.
At length, on the 8th of December, 1867, the Church was opened, His Lordship the Right Rev Alexander Goss sang the High Mass, and the Rev Arthur Bertrand Wilberforce preached the Sermon.
 

OUTSIDE OF THE CHURCH.

 
The Church, now that it has been enlarged, is 153 feet long, and 48 broad. It is in the Gothic style of the end of the 13th century, and is flanked by an octagonal Turret 95 feet 6 inches high, terminating in a stone pinnacle. At its angles are gargoyles, or hideous imaginary animals, intended to express the action of the Church in expelling sin and evil spirits from the soul. In the Belfry is a bell weighing 95 cwt.
The West End of the Church is especially beautiful. On either side of the entrance are shields; on one of which are the arms of our late Bishop, Dr Goss; and, on the other, the arms of the Borough of Bootle-cum-Linacre. Above runs a string course on which are the words "Glory be to God in the Highest, and on earth peace to men of good will," expressing the two chief objects of a Catholic Church, viz., to give honor and glory to God, pardon and peace to the souls of men. Over the entrance there is a canopied statue of St Alexander; on each side of which is a traceried window, deeply recessed, with three marble columns at each of the jambs, and enriched with mouldings, containing elaborately-carved foliage. A Rose Window completes the beauty of this West End. In the centre is carved the Head of our Blessed Lord, to Whom all hearts should tend, on His right and left SS. Peter and Paul; above and below St. Andrew and St. James; in the corners SS. Matthew, Mark, John, and Luke, who testify of Him.
 

THE INTERIOR

 
On entering the Church, the best view may be obtained by moving a little to the right. Thence you see beautiful arches that spring from column to column; beyond the graceful ones that span the aisles; and finally the depressed arches across the aisle window recesses. This vista of light arches it is which gives our Church the appearance of being lofty, though it is only 45 feet 6 inches high to the inside roof, and 52 feet to the ridge. The roof was the first one of its kind designed by Mr Edward Welby Pugin; and I believe its like is only to be found in the splendid Church of All Saints' at Barton designed by the same eminent architect. It is boarded with pitch pine; and painted on it are the letter A for Alexander, and the Mitre above shewing him to be the Bishop, not the Pope of that name, who is mentioned in the Nobis quoque peccatoribus.
 

THE CORBELS

 
At the base of the principals on the Gospel side, are Corbels representing the chief Doctors of the Church; and beneath, are their names, and the special characteristic of each, shewing why that one was selected.
 
1º St. Gregory the Great, England's Apostle, with the rose-leaf. A dove is represented on his shoulder, because a white dove, emblematic of the Holy Ghost, was often seen hovering over him, as he wrote.
2º St. Thomas Aquinas, who wrote the office and hymns of the Blessed Sacrament. He is represented with the Chalice and Host. Behind him is carved the vine leaf.
3º St. Jerome, Cardinal and Translator of the Holy Scriptures. He gave us the Vulgate edition - which to this day is deemed the most accurate translation of the Holy Writ. The palm leaf is placed behind him. He has the Bible open in his hands.
4º St. Bernard of Citeaux comes next. He is represented with a Beehive, to express the sweetness of his language and thoughts, when writing of our Blessed Lord, and of our Blessed Lady, of whom he was so devoted a client. The fleur de lis is carved behind him.
5º St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop of St. Agatha, the chief Guide to Confessors in the Confessional. He has the olive leaf, and his beloved Rosary beads in his hands. His head is stooped, because his chin in his old age grew attached to his breast bone - an abiding cause of suffering, and practice of patience.
6º St. Augustine, the great Bishop of Hippo. He like our own St. Alexander was the Champion of the Incarnation and of the truth. By his writings, he silenced and crushed the Manichean, the Donatist, the Pelagian, and the Nestorian Heresies. The heart on fire expresses the zeal with which he was inflamed; the palm leaf the land of his birth, viz. Africa.
7º St. Francis of Sales, the gentle Bishop of Geneva, he whose writings help so sweetly and persuasively to lead souls to God by a devout life. The fir leaf tells us of Switzerland where he lives, and the Heart surrounded by the Crown of Thorns of the love he bore his D. Master, and of the insults suffered for Him Who was so mocked and scorned for our sakes in the Third Sorrowful Mystery.
8º St. Bonaventure, the lowly Franciscan, whose watchword was ever the Love of God, and whose voice often failed him, so carried away was he by the thought of God's goodness to us. He has also the vine leaf, and the host shows his devotion to his Divine Lord in the Tabernacle.
9º Finally, nearest the Altar of our Blessed Lady, we have St. Anselm, who holds in his hands his book on the Immaculate Conception; for I believe, he was the first one who wrote a Treatise on that grand Privilege accorded to our B. Lady. He has the lily - Mary's flower of purity.
Beginning now on the Epistle Side, we have
1º Father Arrowsmith, the martyred Priest, who lived at Haydock, and is, I believe, the holy man who resided in later days nearest to our neighbourhood. He has a flame in his hand, expressive of the cruel death by which he suffered, and the desire of his soul for martyrdom, He has the ash leaf behind him. He has burnt to death, and his hand, that fell from the funeral Pyre was secured by a good Catholic woman, and is now preserved in the Chapel at Ashton-le-Willows, and is famous for the wonders wrought through the martyr's intercession.
2º St. Helena, probably a British Princess, and wife of Constantius Chlorus, and mother of Constantine the Great, who was born at York. After her conversion, she devoted her life to exercises of piety. She was munificent in her charities to the poor and in the erection of Churches. To her belongs the glory of discovering the Cross on which our Lord died for the Redemption of the world. The oak leaf is placed behind her.
3º There follows in contrast, shewing how all stations of life can have its Saints, one far removed from courts and regal grandeur, Venerable Bede. He has the beech. From infancy he lived in the calm retreat of a Monastery; there he preayed, and studied, and taught. He is the Historian or Chronicler of our early English Church, and is the Patron of study, for even on his deathbed he would work to the last.
4º On the Epistle Side, we have the English Saints, with one exception; for next we have Blessed Margaret Mary with the fleur-de-lis of France, her native land. She is introduced, because it was in England that the Devotion to the S. Heart was first spread by the exhortations of Father De la Colombière. She is represented gazing with out-stretched hands in loving amaze at the condescending goodness of her Divine Master, Who has given her His Sacred Heart, circled with thorns.
5º Next comes St. Edward, with the oak behind him, a sceptre in one hand, a ring in the other. the legend is that once when he was without money, he was asked for an alms. He took the royal ring from his finger and gave it to the one who seemed in need. That night, St. John the beloved Apostle, appeared to him, told him he was the one who had appeared in the garb of the poor man; and that the ring should be restored, as a warning when death was nigh. Years later, two Saxon Pilgrims were visiting the Holy Land. They were met by a venerable man, who handed them a ring, bade them take it to Edward of England, and that he would know its meaning. Most fortunate and speedy was their journey home. They delivered the ring, and Edward, who was just completing Westminster Abbey, hastened its Consecration. It was solemnly dedicate at Christmas, 1065, and on the 14th of January following, after prophesying England's defection from the faith, and later on her return to the one fold, he entered into the vision of his God. In a very old Church near London there are three stained glass windows; in one are represented the Saxon Pilgrims handing to King Edward the ring, and receiving a Charter for their town. In the second, these two faithful men are welcomed at the gates of their town by the municipal authorities and people. In the third, they are narrating to an assembly of their travels, and giving their native town the charter granted by their dearly-loved King.
6º St. Winefrid of Wales has the leek to shew the land of which she is one of the Patron Saints. She has the Crozier of the Abbess, typical of how she drew other souls to God, and the palm, shewing how she died rather than break the vow of virginity that bound her to her Divine Master.
7º St. Augustine has the rose. He bears the Archiepiscopal Cross, as he was the first Archbishop of Canterbury; and the Banneret with the impression of His Crucified Lord, for such was the standard borne before him, when he first addressed to Ethelbert on the Kentish strand the glad tidings of the Christian faith.
8º St. Margaret of Scotland with the thistle comes next. She has the Sceptre as queen, and dearer far to her, the Cross, shewing how she loved to spread in the land of her adoption the truths of our D. Lord crucified, and urges so many to the practice of every Christian virtue. She was the wife of Malcolm, King of Scotland, and by her gentleness and patience won him to a fervent life.
9º Finally we have Wilfrid, Archbishop of York. He bears the Cross as Metropolitan of the North of England, and in his right hand a Church, to denote how much he accomplished for its extension and consolidation. His life was one of perpetual injustice done him, and trail; but he bore deposition, calumny, and exile so patiently, that he is a pattern to all.
Then at the commencement of what was intended to be the original Chancel, we have St. Patrick of Ireland, and St. Bridget - those two great models of prayer, of zeal, and save by their intercession, their numerous children that dwell around.
At the other two Corbels, next to these, we have St. Alexander, the Patron of the Church, and St. Thomas of Canterbury, the Patron of the Pastoral Clergy of England, some of whom minister at the Altar.
 

CORBELS BETWEEN THE ARCHES.

 
Above the capitals of the columns are the stones of the label mouldings over the arches. These have angels carved on them, each one bearing a shield, on most of which is represented some instrument of the Passion. Those nearest the Choir have the Lyre and the Harp, to remind the singers and organist, that they should unite their intention with the Angels proclaiming God's praises. Those at the beginning of the old Sanctuary bear "Sanctus" on their shields - which means "Holy;" and the two before the Communion rails have the lily and the passion flower, to remind those about to receive our B. Lord, that the preparation for that most holy Sacrament is purity or penance. This was formerly shewn by the two Bath stone capitals, where the former Chancel began, but as they are so far down now, it was thought well to repeat the lesson here.
 

SIDE ALTARS.

1º THE LADY ALTAR.

The Lady Altar is the gift of a kind benefactor in memory of his wife. It was on the grandino "Orate pro anima Isabellae Mariae Lynch," or "Pray for the soul of Isabella Mary Lynch," immediately before the eyes of the Priest celebrating Mass. The intention of the Lady Altar is to express the co-operation of our Blessed Lady in the work of man's Redemption by her Divine Son. The Statue is that of the Immaculate Conception. By this privilege God prepared her for the formation of the Human Nature of the God Man from her pure blood. In the window, we have the Annunciation, when Mary became the Mother of her Redeemer by a miracle of the Holy Ghost. In the Bas Relief, on the
Epistle Side, is represented the High Priest, before the Veil of the Holy of Holies, receiving, on the part of God, Mary's offering of her First Born; a little behind is holy Simeon, feasting his eyes in the contemplation of This One - the Desired of Nations - and wondering at the generosity of Mary in consenting to her dreadful sacrifice. St. Joseph bears the turtle doves, the ransom and offering to be paid by those whose "hand find not sufficiently" (Levit. xii.8), or by the poor. Mary has had shewn to her, by Simeon's words, the fulfilment of all the prophecies regarding our Blessed Lord's Passion. She knows now how one day that Sacred Body will be scourges, that adorable Head crowned in cruellest mockery, those Hands and Feet fastened to the Cross by gross nails, the Soul agonized far beyond all that man and angel can fathom in which the Father's Justice has to receive satisfaction, man's ransom has to be paid. Heaven and earth await Mary's consent. She hesitates not a moment. It is God's Will. Her Son longs to suffer all this: His love for man can thus only be sated. Her love for man was only surpassed by that of her Jesus. She raises her hands with that Divine Victim towards the Eternal Father; her eyes gaze towards heaven, and with heart and soul she tenders to that Infinite Majesty, an offering such as the world had never yet been able to render. When the old men, who had seen the Temple of Solomon, saw that which had been erected by Zorobabel, they wept with grief, seeing how far interior it was to the previous one. But God told His prophet (Aggeus II. 8-10) "And I will move all nations: and the Desired of Nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of Hosts. The silver is mine, and gold if mine, saith the Lord of Hosts. Great shall be the glory of this last house, more than of the first, saith the Lord of Hosts: and in this place I will give peace, saith the Lord of Hosts." This promise is here fulfilled.
In the Bas Relief on the Gospel side, is represented Mary at the foot of the Cross. It was by suffering that man was to be redeemed. Mary wished to aid in saving man by intercession. She knew how the crucifixion of self makes the soul live most perfectly to God, how suffering is meritorious: the more we suffer, the more self-love is uprooted, and the more the soul lives united to God. She could not redeem us: God alone could do that; but she could pray for us; she could plead and offer to the Eternal Father that Precious Blood streaming from His Beloved Son. It has been granted to Saints to participate in a wondrous manner, as did St. Francis of Assisi, St. Veronica Giuliana, in the Passion of our B. Lord. They suffered in the body; Mary suffered all, as far as creature could, in her soul. All and every item of the Passion, the dread Agony in the Garden, all pierced through her soul, and saturated her with anguish. She must suffer with Him in proportion to her love for Him. It was this Martyrdom of soul, that merited for Mary such wondrous power with God, such efficacy to her prayers. Here we have John the beloved Disciple, and Joseph of Arimathea, with his devoted love, tendering the last sad offices, and St. Mary Magdalen, sunk at His feet. She is nigh broken hearted, for now she knows what the pardon and peace, so lovingly given her, have cost Him. There is Mary in the climax of her anguished soul; her Jesus dead on her lap; the Body is so scored, the thorny crown has just been severed and lies on the ground: and now she must give up her soul to be taken from her. It was by her union with her Divine Son in His Passion, and by her martyrdom of soul, that she merited such power and efficacy to her prayers for us.
Underneath the Altar, the Choirs of Angels are represented proclaiming the virtues, the glory of their Queen. Meekly Mary kneels, God the Father places upon her brow her starry diadem, and gives her the commission: She is to be al-powerful by prayer. Her place is appointed. It is to be near her Divine Son. She is the Mother of Jesus, she is our Mother, ever pleading our cause with Him.
 

ST. JOSEPH'S ALTAR.

 
This bears the Inscription upon the gradino "A Societate Sanctae Crucis erectum," erected by the League of the Cross; showing by whose Members this altar was most generously given. I may here mention, that they have also presented the Church with a Monstrance, silver gilt, and decorated with several figures. It stands 2 feet 9 inches high, weighs 20lbs., and the design is, I believe, the most beautiful Gothic one in England. It was made by Messrs. Mayer & Co. of Munich for the Paris Exhibition, and was priced at £250. We obtained it at a considerable reduction.
The Altar of St. Joseph is intended to be the Altar of our working men. On the Bas Relief, on the epistle side, is represented our B. Lady, bearing her D. Son in her arms, guided and protected by St. Joseph, and just entering Egypt - shown by the palm tree and the Pyramids in the back ground. It was because St. Joseph was the Protector of our B. Lord on earth, that at the petition of the Catholic world, he was decreed by our late Pope Pius IX Patron and Protector of the whole of the Mystical Body of Christ. This BAs Relief shows, therefore, why we should have special recourse to him Our B. Lord gave us our spiritual mother; Christ's Vicar upon earth gives us our spiritual Father. In the Bas Relief on the Gospel side, is represented St. Joseph's Workshop. Our Divine Lord has the hammer, Mary her distaff, St. Joseph his saw; but they are both resting for a moment, and turning lovingly to Him, in order that they may renew their offering of devoting all their work to Him, and uniting their labor to His. He with a sweet smile receives their act of devotion. This is to remind us, how, as we go forth in the morning, we should ever offer to God, all our thoughts, our words, our actions, our sufferings and our toil; and happy will he be, and richly rewarded, who from time to time renews that offering during the day. The window above was given by our Young Men's Society, as a Memorial of their love for that Church in which the Members so often receive our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion. It represents the poor cottage home of Nazareth. St. Joseph's pilgrimage on earth is soon to cease. He is supported by that loving and devoted Immaculate Mother of his Foster Child. Jesus blesses him as the last breath flutters on his lips, and he dies the death of the just. Beneath on the scroll are the words "Beati Mortui qui in Domino moriuntur:" "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." Oh! well may we pray that grand Patriarch and our Father to aid us in that dread hour. to obtain by his prayers, that all of us who loved him on earth, may have Mary to be by our side to drive away the evil spirit, and our divine Lord in our hearts by His sweet Viaticum. In the uppermost light is the soul under the protection of its Guardian Angel, as it used to be represented in the ages of Faith.
Underneath the Altar, are represented David with his Harp, the Prophet of the Incarnation; Melchisedech with the Bread and Wine, the Prophet of the Holy Eucharist; Isaiah the Prophet of the Passion with a Saw, showing the kind of martyrdom he suffered by order of Menasses, because he rebuked that King for his evil life. Our B. Lord is represented as leading by the hand out from Limbo, St. Joseph, as he was the greatest of all the Prophets and Patriarchs.
 

HIGH ALTAR.

 
This is only a temporary one. A suitable Altar is the one thing so sadly wanting to complete the beauty and perfection of our Church. It is to be hoped, that some one may soon have the laudable ambition, prompted by his heart's love for our Blessed lord in the Sacrament of His love, to give us an Altar, worthy of the Church. The intention is to have a Gothic Canopy of oak, richly carves, and decorated; two bas reliefs, one on the Epistle side representing the holy women, St. Seraphina with the Veronica Veil, and others on their way to Calvary; in the other on the Gospel side, the people returning striking their breasts, and humbled in sorrow. The centre piece will be our magnificent Ivory Crucifix, which I believe is the largest and finest in the world. It has been valued from 500 to 1800 guineas, and was the gift of the late Mr. Henry Connolly and another kind benefactor. Beneath it, I hope there will one day be a marble statue of our Blessed Lady and St. John, and perhaps St. Mary Magdalen.
At present, the frontal represents the Pelican feeding its young with its own blood, a type of our Blessed Lord, when He gives us Holy Communion; a Cherub holding the Crown of Thorns, a Seraph with the Chalice of the Agony.
 

THE STAINED GLASS WINDOWS.

 
At the side of the Lady Altar, we have our B. Lady Immaculate. The first conception, so to speak, in the Eternal Mind, when God determined to create, was His Divine Son Incarnate. Closely connected with this, was the image of her who was to be His Mother. The Church, therefore, applies to our B. Lady the divinely-inspired words relating to Wisdom. "Then the Creator of all things commanded, and said to me: and He that made me rested in my tabernacle....." (Ecclus. xxiv. 12 & 14). It is this creation of Mary in God's mind which the Church employs to express the Immaculate Conception. Near Mary we have St. Elizabeth: her hands are outstretched to greet her with awe and love. She is amazed at Mary's condescension, she gazes in wondering reverence at her, for the Holy Ghost has inspired her with the knowledge of the God Man so nigh. "Blessed art thou among women; and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?" - (Luke i., 42 & 43). But a mighty favor is granted to her also: at Mary's salutation the infant in her womb leaped with joy at being purified from original stain and this miracle the Catholic mind in the ages of faith expressed by a star on Elizabeth's breast - it was like the morning star, a harbinger of the sun's coming after the passing away of darkness: so St. John the Baptist presaged the near advent of Him who was to be the Light of the World, the destroyer of ignorance and sin. Finally we have St. John the Evangelist. The eagle, expressive of how his spirit soared into the highest heavens, is by his side. The scroll "Ex illa hora accepit eam discipulus in sua," "And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own," (St. John xix., 27) shows Mary's connection with the beloved disciple. This window bears the inscription, showing by whose generosity our Church received another beautiful adornment. "Pray for the repose of the Soul of Isabella Mary Lynch, and for the good estate of John Lynch and Family, the donors of this window." It bears therefore the patron Saints of one whom God has long ....................................................

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.................................................... disobedience: they know that they and all their descendants are shut out from heaven. They are powerless to make atonement. The sentence of they Judge is spoken on Adam. "Cursed is the earth in thy work: in labour and toil shalt thou eat thereof." (Gen. iii. 18.) Their despair is full. But God in His Mercy lights up the beacon of hope. He makes two promises. "I will put enmities between thee (the serpent) and the woman, and thy seed and her seed." " (Gen. iii. 15.) The fulfilment of this is in the light at the summit of the window. Mary Immaculate, on whose soul not even the shadow of original guilt rested: ever spotless and pure, in contradiction to the serpent, ever a rebel and branded with unpardonable crime. again God adds, "Ipsa conteret caput tuun:" "She shall crush they (the serpent's) head."  (Gen. iii. 15.) The fulfilment if this is expressed in the large centre light. There we behold the Divine Infant. We have the scroll with the words: Et dixit illis Angelus: Nolite timere: ecce enim evanelizo vobis gaudium magnum quod erit omni populo: quia natus est vobis hodie Salvator, Qui est Christus Dominus in civitate David" (Luke ii. 10 and 11). "And the Angel said to them: Fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: For this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord in the city of David." Two Angels support with loving awe the Babe of Bethlehem: Mary bends in adoring love. St. Joseph gazes in speechless gratitude, that he is allowed to be His Guardian. The moon and stars above him shew the night is still in its course. The shepherds have hurried home, and one is here with his wife bringing their simple tribute of love and adoration to their new born King: it is a little lamb from their flocks that they tender Him. Bethlehem's star gleams over Mary, casting the rays upon its Creator. May is be a beacon to our hearts as to those of old, guiding us to the Tabernacle, where He ever tarries.
Underneath we have the Inscription, "Pray for the repose of the souls of Henry Connolly, Thomas Connolly, Sarah Trainor, Maria Boucher, and Elizabeth Connolly, in whose Memory this Window has been erected." It was the late Henry Connolly who enabled me, with £10 from Mr. William Longbottom, to purchase the Ivory Crucifix, which cost £167 10s. He gave me this sum on condition, that I should have erected a Window to the memory of his deceased relatives. Within very few months, he died himself, and his memory is therefore sadly and gratefully recorded.
 

THE CENTRE WINDOW.

 
Here we have in the lights at the base they type from the Old Law. The Israelites murmured at their long journey, and at the Manna; "and speaking against God and Moses, they said: Why didst thou bring us out of Egypt, to die in the wilderness?" (Numbers xxi.5.) "Wherefore the Lord sent among the people fiery serpents, which bit them, and killed many of them. Upon which they came to Moses, and said: We have sinner, because we have spoken against the Lord and thee: pray that he may take these serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to him: Make a brazen serpent, and set it up for a sign: whoever being struck shall look on it shall live." Above in the large windows, we have our B. Lord, just dead upon the Cross. It is to Him that the sinner must turn in sorrow of heart, and hatred of his guilt, to be healed by the Precious Blood. The inscription tells us of God's wondrous condescension. "Humiliavit Semetipsum, factus obediens usque ad mortem, moretem autem crucis." "He humbled Himself becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross." (Philip ii. 8.) The chief devotion of the Church is that to the S. Heart. This window therefore represents the soldier just piercing our B. Lord's loving heart; because that is the Gospel read on the Feast. Mary stands broken hearted. John is there; he has just had our Blessed Lady given to him as his Mother. These are the sufferings of His Sacred Body. But the soul is the chief agent in every act of guilt. With His Soul's Anguish must our Divine Saviour also make atonement. Below the Crucifixion, are the Apostles sunk in slumber: Judas, more watchful, gripping his money bag, accompanied by soldiers, draws near to betray. Our Jesus is in prayer. Al the sins of the world are pressing upon His Soul. The God of Infinite Holiness prays that this chalice of awful bitterness may pass from him. It is so terrible for Hi to take upon Himself all our guilt. But the chalice still rests there. Full and utter atonement must be made to the outrages Majesty of His Father. He alone can do it. "Nevertheless not My Will, not Thine be done." His love for man outweighs His hatred of sin. In another moment, He sinks to the ground under the terrible...................................................... PAGE MISSING ............................................
 

 

   

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summary of expenditure

of

ST. ALEXANDER'S MISSION

From 18th November, 1866, to 25th September, 1885.

 
        £ s. d. £

s.

d.

Total cost of St.Alexander's Presbytery 2963 12 4            
Carpets and Linoleum (part for church) 160 5 0            
        ------------ 3127 17 4
Total cost of School, 1872       3789 4 3      
Changes       90 0 0      
Additions, April, 1881       976 9 11      
Total cost of Schools for 1364 Children, amounting to £3 11/7 per head       ------------ 4855 14 2
Received by Donations, Sermons, Entertainments for School Management from 1872 to September, 1885            

2142

10 8
Amount paid in Interest on Church and Presbytery from 1866, to September, 1885             3244 7 11
Cost of Church to December, 1867      

4358

0 0      
Sacristies and Hot Water Chamber       960 0 0      
Extras       250 0 0      
*Additions to Church, May, 1884       2555 0 0      
Extras                            "        "       309 10 1      
       

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Total cost of Building and Sacristies       8432 10 1      
Architect's Commission, 1867 £311 9 3            
       "                  "            1884 153 15 0            
  465 4 3            
Benches and Fittings, 1867 £398 17 3            
       "                  "        1884

235

10 0            
 

634

7 3            
Gas Standards, Piping, &c. 1867 £121 6 9            
      "                        "           1884 41 9 6            
 

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162 16 3      
Heating Apparatus, 1867 £107 12 6            
       "             "         1884 91 3 3            
 

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198 15 9      
Font and Ambrey       55 0 0      
Church Bell       104 8 0      
       

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10,053 1 7
Sundries for Church ---                  
Carving in Church to 1880 £199 10 0            
    "                 "       in 1884 50 9 6            
 

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249 19 6      
*Altar of Our B. Lady, given by Mr. Lynch £75 0 0            
Altar of St. Joseph, given by League of the Cross 75 0 0            
Carriage of Altars 26 14 5            
 

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176 14 5      
Communion rails, given by Mr. J. S. Tumilty £50 0 0            
Communion rails, additional 1884 40 10 0            
 

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90 10 0      
Stained Glass Windows ---                  
Memorial of Dr. Goss £102 10 0            
      "             late Mr. Connolly 102 10 0            
      "             Mrs. Lynch 65 0 0            
      "             Family of Mr. Swift 40 0 0            
St. Joseph, given by Young Men's Society 40 0 0            
Additions, Memorial of F. Powell 150 0 0            
Carriage, &c., of Windows 15 0 0            
 

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515 0 0      
Sanctuary Lamp, 1867 £16 10 6            
      "             "       1884 10 15 0            
 

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27 5 6      
Stations of the Cross £95 0 0            
Brasses for Donors' Names 15 0 0            
 

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110 0 0      
Organ --- about       300 0 0      
Ivory Crucifix, given by Messrs. Connolly and Longbottom £167 10

0

           
Silver Ends, Crown of Thorns, and Inscription 70

5

0

           
  ----------- 237 15 0      
Statues, Pictures, Mission Cross £99 14 0            
Crown for our B. Lady 6 5 0            
  105 19

0

           
Dado round Church       50 0 0      
Railings before Church and Presbytery       85 0 0      
Painting Standards, Altar Frontal, &c.       63 2 8      
Carpet, Cushions, Linoleum       44 2 5      
Sundries 1866 and 1884       44 13 2      
Total paid by Altar Society for Vestments and Candlesticks       677 3 10      
Paid on account of Monstrance by League of the Cross       40 0 0      
       

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2817 5 6
             

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              £26,236 17 2
             

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* Our Lady's Chapel was given by Mr. Lynch; St. Joseph's Chapel by Mrs. archer; the Transept by Messrs Forshaw & Swyny.