Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Ballineaspaig, Cork, Ireland

Sanctuary

Altar

The sanctuary area is semi-circular in shape and is raised 4 feet above the nave. The original altar, incorporating the tabernacle, stands imposingly at the rear of the sanctuary. On the front of this altar, there is a colourful mosaic. In the centre of this is a Dove descending, a depiction of the Holy Spirit who guides the Church and each one of us. Underneath this there is the symbol known as the Chi-Rho sign formed by superimposing the first two letters of the name Christ In Greek letters (XP) = {CHRist} to indicate the centrality of Christ to our faith and to the Mass.

On both sides of this mosaic are two Greek letters, Alpha (A α) and Omega (O Ω), the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, signifying the Beginning and the End. This symbol was suggested by their use in the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. "I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, he who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty" Book of Revelation 1:8

This symbol refers both to Christ and the Father. John the apostle wants to convey the message that humanly speaking the Christian Church could not survive on its own but God is the one in whom we can place our trust both now and in the future.

A new altar facing the people and an ambo has been installed to provide for the celebration of the new liturgy. The surrounding wall is covered with white-grained marble.

Ceiling

The ceiling of the sanctuary is a half-dome. The coming of the Holy Spirit on Our Lady, on the apostles and disciples at Pentecost is the theme of the colourful mosaic covering the ceiling. The dove, symbol of the Holy Spirit, is shown sending out tongues of fire which radiate from the apex of the curve. The mosaic was designed and executed by the Italian artist Romeo Battistella who was attached to International Mosaics of Roscommon. It is a beautiful scene imbued with vitality and peace.

Turkwel Cross

October 19th, Mission Sunday, 2014 a new carved cross commissioned from Kenya was installed. It is truly a work of art of the highest order and can be clearly seen from any point in the Church. The objective was to focus in the congregation's mind our link with our sister Parish of Turkwel

Altar Mosaic

Mosaic on High Altar


Dove Mosaic on Ambo

Mosaic of Dove on Ambo


Sanctuary Mosaic representing the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

Sanctuary showing the Holy Spirit descending


Carved Crucifix in rosewood

Carved rosewood crucifix from Kenya


Sanctuary Mosaic representing the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

Carved head of rosewood crucifix