Posted in news on November 23, 2015 8:51 pm EST

Hand Painted Mural Inspires Awe in North Carolina

St. Ann parishioners reported to be grateful, mesmerized at mural dedication Mass in Charlotte, N.C.

A section of the mural, to the right and left of the Paschal Lamb, are images of numerous saints, including St. Ann and St. Joachim. Image courtesy of Catholic News Herald.











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By Church Designer Staff

The mural now fills the five arched sections of the apse wall. Together, [the five canvases] depict a single image of Heaven.

Hundreds of faithful poured into St. Ann Church on Nov. 18, 2015, in procession after a prayer and Gospel reading in the Monsignor Allen Center to kick off a mural dedication at the parish of St. Ann in Charlotte, N.C.

Father Timothy Reid, assisted by Deacon Tom Sanctis, celebrated the Mass and dedicated the new hand-painted mural in the sanctuary of St. Ann, inspired by Jan van Eyck's "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb," famously known as the Ghent Altarpiece.

The artist & the artwork

Artist Andrew Hattermann created five separate canvases at his sacred artwork firm, Murals by Jericho in Peoria, Ill., over the past year and a half. The mural now fills the five arched sections of the apse wall. Together, they depict a single image of Heaven: God the Father and the Holy Spirit looking down upon Jesus, the Paschal Lamb, who stands triumphantly upon an altar surrounded by angels holding the instruments of His suffering and death.

The hand-painted mural by artist Andrew Hattermann was inspired by Jan van Eyck's Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, famously known as the Ghent Altarpiece. Image courtesy of St. Ann Catholic Church.

To the right and left of the Paschal Lamb are images of numerous saints, including St. Ann and St. Joachim. The archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are also prominently featured, as are saints from various orders in the Church and notable saints from the Old Testament.

"I wanted an array of saints representing various segments of Church history and from all walks of life," Father Reid says. "So we have prophets, like Isaiah and Elijah. We have saints from biblical times, like St. John the Baptist, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Stephen. We have other heroes from the Bible like Moses, King David, and Abraham. There are martyrs, like St. Boniface and St. Agnes; pastors, like St. Ambrose; doctors of the Church, like St. Catherine of Siena; beautiful virgins, like St. Faustina; mystics, like Padre Pio; and those who dedicated themselves to the poor, like St. Martin de Porres.

"Truly, I think everyone can find a saint in the mural who speaks to them," Father Read adds.

Viewing & response

After Mass the faithful had the rare opportunity to get close to the mural by approaching the altar, filing quietly up into the sanctuary for a closer look. Most jaws were agape and smiles and looks of awe were to be seen by many who stopped to admire Hatterman's masterpiece.

"I think everyone is just truly grateful," Father Reid notes. "This has been in the works for a few years.... Hopefully this mural will increase our devotion to the saints, and our love for our Trinitarian Lord. Hopefully this mural will inspire us all to set our sights on Heaven."




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St. Ann Catholic Church



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