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The Lady Chapel
The altar of the Lady Chapel was originally in the Good Shepherd Mission, Small Heath, Birmingham, Fr. Whittingham’s former church. The altar cards were painted by Nina Somerset. Over the altar hangs a reproduction of the painting of the Virgin by Raphael Sanzio, the Sistine Madonna. The beautiful figure of the Madonna, known as Our Lady - Tower of Ivory, was bought by the congregation after collecting farthings in 1913.
The Lady Chapel
The Lady Chapel
Our Lady - Tower of Ivory
Our Lady - Tower of Ivory
Altar panel by Henry Victor Milner
Altar panel by Henry Victor Milner
It will be noticed that there is a beautiful panel depicting Our Lady on the altar frontal. This was painted by Henry Victor Milner.
The morning Mass is generally said at this altar.
Chapel of Saint Thomas of Canterbury
The Chapel of S. Thomas of Canterbury
The Chapel of S. Thomas of Canterbury
The altar of this chapel possibly came from Fr. Whittingham’s previous church at Evesham. It has a finely painted reredos and canopy showing in the centre the Virgin worshipping the infant Christ. Above is the text “Et Verbum caro factum est” - ‘and the Word was made flesh.’ On either side are the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin and below the words of the Annunciation “Ave Maria gratia plena Dominus tecum benedicta tu in mulierbus” - ‘Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women.’ Across the top of the reredos is a reference to the use of the chapel for the Reservation “Adoremus in Aeternum Sanctissimum Sacramentum” - ‘Let us adore for ever the most Holy Sacrament.’ The Blessed Sacrament has been reserved in this church since December 1912, originally at this altar.
The Tabernacle
The Tabernacle
S. Thomas of Canterbury
S. Thomas of Canterbury
On the north wall of the chapel is a statue of S. Thomas of Canterbury holding a model of a church. Opposite, on the pier between the chapel and the ambulatory, is a statue of S. Joan of Arc. On the west wall of the chapel is a statue of S. George, after the original by Donatello.
S. George
S. George
S. Joan of Arc
S. Joan of Arc
S. Thomas' Altar
S. Thomas' Altar
Madonna & Child
Madonna & Child
Detail from reredos
Detail from reredos
Detail from reredos
Detail from reredos
The reredos in the Chapel was painted by Henry Victor Milner and was completed Christmas Eve 1918.
Altar of Saint Joseph
The Guild of St. Joseph, founded at All Saints, Notting Hill, and disbanded in 1989, gave its altar to St. Silas. It now stands at the west end and adjacent to the sacristy. Standing on the tabernacle is a statue of St. Joseph with the child Jesus. This altar is particularly special as it is used for Mass and Benediction on Sunday evenings and as the Altar of Repose on Maundy Thursday.
Altar of S. Joseph
Altar of S. Joseph
Joseph with the Child Jesus
Joseph with the Child Jesus
The evening Mass is generally said at this altar.
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