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We invite you to begin your tour at the center front of the Church, please proceed up the main aisle to the sanctuary area.

1. Look up and you will see the Rood Beam and Cross, which separates the nave from the chancel It was added in 1925. The scene on beam is St. Mary and St. John with Christ on the Tree of Life, which is a traditionally Irish pattern. On the beam itself are the Latin words “Dilexit nos et tradidit semetipsum” facing the church and “Cujus animam pertransivit gladius” on the sanctuary side — which translates “He loved us and handed himself over for us”. The rose of England is a symbql of life within the crucifixion scene (life growing out of death on the cross). The 4 medallions at the extremities of the cross signify the 4 gospels in the scene of death. The Rood Beam (rood means tree) and Cross and the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (to the left) were fashioned and carved by Belgian artisans who were refugees from WW1. They were treated terribly and lived in the Churches as they worked. It was truly a labour of love. The carved wooden altar table was added in the 1970’s after Vatican II.

2. Please walk up the steps of the sanctuary towards the altar (Note: this is only done when Host is relocated from the tabernacle). In
1922, the High Altar was donated by Senator George Lynch-Staunton and his wife Adelaide in memory of their son, Lt. Geoffrey Lynch-Staunton, who died at the battle of Lajj, Mesopotamia, March 5th, 1917. The altar is made of green Connemara marble from the west of Ireland and has 5 carved Celtic crosses on the top (or mensa) representing the 5 wounds of Christ. The original high altar was Gothic. The 10 statues in the niches of the reredos are each carved from a single piece of wood (no glue, pegs or nails) and are as follows (left to right): St. Patrick, St. Theresa of Avila, St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Theresa of Liseaux (The Little Flower), St. George, (the Tabernacle), St. Joan of Arc, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Ann. The statues were carved by the same Belgium artisans who did the Rood Beam and Sacred Heart of Jesus shrine. If you look straight up above the high altar you will notice the ornate baldachin, It is accented with gold trim and is decorated with frescos similar to those painted on the ceiling. Four open winged angels line the bottom of the baldachin or tester.

3. The stained glass window to the left of the high altar depicts St. Michael the Archangel and St. George and the dragon.

4. The central window portrays St. Patrick and St. Brigid.

5. The window on the right is St. Columba and St. Joan of Arc.

6. The window immediately left of this one is simply a decorative window. All the windows in the sanctuary were made in England and installed in 1922.

7. On either side of the sanctuary is a Rood Screen (ornate carved wooden screen), which divides the nave, or common part of the church, from the sanctuary. The rood screens here are mini versions of screens found in the great Cathedrals of Europe. The screens were developed to separate the laity from the religious.

8. Now please walk back down the sanctuary steps and to your left is the Messmer Pulpit and Canopy. The construction of the pulpit happened over time in 3 phases: the base and pulpit itself the back panel and the canopy. Each piece was built and merged with the other parts and remains what it is today. The canopy and side panels were used to help with the acoustics since there were no microphones early on. Every possible technique was employed so that those at the back could hear the homily. In fact, the canopy height can also be adjusted according to the stature of the homilist.

9. Please continue past the pulpit and turn to your left. The stained glass window directly above the St. Jude shrine is The Holy Family. The statue in the far right corner is the Infant of Prague and comes from a great Irish devotion to the Infant Jesus.

10. The window to the right of The Holy Family is of St. Margaret Mary and St. Rose of Lima.

11. The statue at the Victoria St. door is that of St. Anthony of Padua. Both the Italians and the Portuguese have a great devotion to this saint.

12. The Pastors of St. Patrick’s — 2 bronze plaques on the right hand side of the Victoria St. door records the pastors of St. Patrick’s from 1877 to 2005, with our current pastor being Fr. George Palamattam, CMI, who has served the parish since 2005. Please now proceed along the west wall of the church (Victoria St.).

13. The next stained glass window we happen upon is St. Anne, which is believed to be original from 1893.

14. Following St. Anne is The Resurrection window with the inscription “Reconstructed 1983 by Franz Mayer Munich”.

15. The Holy Family stained glass window follows, also with the inscription ‘Reconstructed 1983 by Franz Mayer & Co, Munich”. These windows were destroyed in the 1983 crash of the runaway tractor-trailer into the west wall (at the 13th Station).

16. The next grouping of stained glass windows are St. Catharine, St. John and St. Margaret, which are also believed to be originals.

17. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary stained glass are original windows from around the 1888— 1890 time period.

18. The next window, The Agony in the Garden, was reconstructed after the 1973 fire and has the inscription “This window was replaced after the Fire, of May 17th, 1973.”

19. The statue of The “Pieta” (or Pity) is a copy of the original in Rome. Mary is 1/31x larger than Jesus to maintain proportions.

20. Please turn around and face the choir loft and you will see the singe marks left by the 1973 fire on one of the wooden pillars. At that time, the confessionals were located where the Pieta is now and were totally destroyed.

21. If you continue into the bell tower, the windows there are of St. Dominique and St. Joseph. These are originals and have the inscription ‘In Memory of the late Right Rev. J.J. Carbery, O.P.D.D Third Bishop of Hamilton who died Dec 19, 1887.”

22. Please proceed carefully upstairs to the choir loft. The Casavant organ at St. Patrick’s is a rebuild of an earlier instrument which we do not have any information on the original builder, however the casework is very similar to a design used by Louis Mitchell a Canadian builder from the late 1800. Only the Pedal Open Wood 16 and Bourdon 16 pipes remain from the original instrument. In 1913, Casavant replaced the mechanical action with a tubular pneumatic mechanism using most of the original pipe work. The organ was again rebuilt in 1951 with the addition of a new console and reservoirs. The mechanism was electrified to replace, the tubular action. A re-leathering was also done at the time. In 1992 a major plan was prepared to replace most of the pipe work which after many years of use, was in such poor shape that it became impossible to properly service the instrument. The work was done in 2 phases over a period of a few years. Casavant Frères supplied the new pipe work and it was installed and voiced by the Alan T. Jackson Company. In 2004, at a cost of $90,000.00, the 1951 console was modernized with a new electronic system allowing multi levels of memories and new electronic switching. The main chests and reservoirs were re-leathered. The instrument is now composed of 24 stops and 31 ranks of pipes with a total of 1428 pipes. The original casework remains. 24 of the display pipes are used for the Great division. Continue with the tour back downstairs at the main doors.

23. The stained glass windows in the main doors of the church are as follows: the left door depicts cross and shamrocks (Ireland) and a dragon (Wales), the main door is St. Patrick and St. George and the dragon, and the right door is the cross of St Andrew and thistles (Scotland) and a rose (England).

24. Now make your way to the north east corner of the church to the baptistery area and there you will see the stained glass window depicting Jesus being baptized by St. John. This window is the most valuable window because of the rich colours, especially the blue and the old antique red with a percentage of gold. There are also 5 smaller decorative windows in the baptistery. The baptismal font was originally located here at the entrance to the church. Please proceed now up the east aisle of the church (East Aye).

25. The carved wooden statue of St. Patrick at the rear of the church is of Italian artisanship but there is no record of the artisan.

26. Behind the statue of St. Patrick you will see the grouping of windows representing St. Arm & St. Mary, St. Patrick and Charity. These are believed to be originals.

27. The next set of stained glass windows are St. William of York and 2 unknown subjects.

28. Following is the window scene depicting Jesus and the Children.

29. The Ascension stained glass window is inscribed with ‘NT. Lyon Toronto” and is believed to be an original.

30. Continuing along the east wall, we see St. John the Baptist, St. Briget and St. William.

31. Baptisms are now performed using the polygon baptismal font situated in the northeast corner of the church. The font drains directly into the earth below the church.

32. The Memorial Plaque for the marble altar donated by Senator George Lynch-Staunton is recorded here.

33. The statue in between the sacristy doors is St. Theresa of Liseaux or also known as the Little Flower.

34. The life sire Crucifix was donated by Mr. John Curtis in memory of the Very Rev. John J. Craven who died March 31, 1917.

35. The stained glass window directly above Our Mother of Perpetual Help shrine is The Annunciation. Please make your way to the main doors (King St.) to finish the tour outside.

36. The beautiful Statue of St. Patrick in the niche above the main door of the church was dedicated on March 15, 1903 by Bishop Dowling. There is no record of who the artist was or where it was made.

37. The bronze covered fiberglass Madonna statue outside the northwest corner of the church, sculpted by Hamilton artist Conrad Fury, is donated to St. Patrick’s to mark the International Year of Peace on May 9, 1986.