The chapel, a smaller worship area near the gathering space (narthex) in our Eldersburg church building, is dedicated to Our Lady of the Pillar. This chapel provides a place for celebrating the Eucharist during week days, as well as sacred space for private prayer and devotion before the Blessed Sacrament.
“Our Lady of the Pillar” is one of the many titles accorded to Mary. It recalls her appearance to the Apostle James in Saragossa, Spain around 40 AD. The Madonna statue in our chapel is reminiscent of the statue in the Cathedral of Saragossa.
The place of reservation is specifically designed and separated from the major worship area for two reasons. First, it makes clear the distinction between worship as a gathered assembly and private devotion. Second, it gives the reserved Sacrament a special place of reverence and importance.
The wood used for the tabernacle near our main worship space complements the altar and ambo. Its artistic design imitates the pitched roof of the church building. Just as this “little house” holds the Body of Christ within it, the House for the Church holds the Body of Christ, the People of God.
A second tabernacle can be found in the daily chapel, a smaller worship area near the gathering space or narthex.
Private prayer and personal devotions allow us to intercede for others, express gratitude, and lift up our personal concerns to intercessors who will help us shoulder the burden. Visual images such as sacred art, statues and paintings can be important in helping us to focus our attention, our concern, our prayer. Two devotional niches are found in close proximity to the baptismal pool. One images Mary*, the first and foremost model of discipleship. The other images Joseph*, man of faith and patron saint of the Catholic Community in Eldersburg.
It has taken several years to shape the physical aspects of our church building. Now it will shape the people of St. Joseph Catholic Community for generations to come. The principal beauty of this House for the Church will be the hospitality of our assembly, the eagerness with which we hear the Word of God, the devotion with which we share the holy Eucharist and the love which we take forth to transform the earth.