Thursday, February 12, 2009

Holy Name Cathedral Vintage 1958


Here is a historic shot of Holy Name in 1958. I will try to find more.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I respectfully ask if this is really from 1958? Mass is being celebrated on a free-standing altar and it appears that Mass is being said versus populum.
-Drake T

JB Powers said...

Good point, I just took the info from the photo, not really documented or cross checked.

Though the Altar Rail is in, the front Altar and versus populum look suspiciously like 1965+

JBP

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! How could anyone want to rip such beauty out of a Church?

(Someone with an evil heart....that's my guess).

JB Powers said...

Not at all, The rennovation was done a very kind, well meaning person following liturgical norms from Rome using the finest art of the day.

I think it was poorly thought out and a bad match to Chicago and the limestone exterior, but the intention was certainly not evil.

JBP

Loyolalaw98 said...

Thanks for finding this pic! It's too bad the cardinal won't take advantage of the fire to really "restore" the cathedral of the Holy Name!

Loyolalaw98

Anonymous said...

It could be 1958... Chicago was pretty "advanced" and had permission for things like this even before the Council. But the dress of the people in the pews looks a bit later than '58.

JB Powers said...

I recall that the Benedictines in Lisle has permission well before the V2 Council to celebrate versus populum.

I will ask a few liturgical minded folks of that generation about the date at the Cathedral.

JBP

Anonymous said...

Doesn't the 50 star American flag put the date after 1959?

I recall as a child in the 1970s thumbing through a commemorative book for the cathedral called "100 Years". My mother took to me to see the cathedral when I was about 10, and I was absolutley spooked by what I saw. Not only was it nothing like what I saw in the book, but it was cold and dark and the abstract art seemed creepy to me.
Tom Boin

Msgr. said...

More pictures of interior are here plus a lot of other Chicago Churches

http://chicagopc.info/catholic_churches.htm