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St. Liborius High Altar Reredos, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Eureka

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We finally got into Sacred Heart out in Eureka, which has long been known for being the new home of many of the sculptures from the old St. Liborius in St. Louis Place. The new priest graciously let us look around and drew our attention to the Crucifixion sculpture group from the high altar. It looks beautiful in its new home, and I would rather see it here being enjoyed than broken up and dispersed. It’s interesting in that there are so many Roman legionnaires hanging out! I suspect the centurion pointing up at Christ is St. Longinus. Below, this is what it once looked and this is what it looked like back in 2012 (warning: not for the faint of heart).

Liborius Altar

4 Comments

  1. Glad to see the altar sculptures in their home. Went to St. Liborius in the 1960’s. I don’t live in St. Louis anymore but do drive the old neighbor hood when I’m in town. It’s very sad.

  2. I was very happy to see that the wonderful sculptures from Saint Liborius have been preserved in a beautiful church. After seeing photographs of the interior of Saint Liborius, and what is taking place there, I wanted to throw up. The photograph of a man showing his naked ass made me think that this must be what hell is like. The desecration of of this beautiful sacred church is beyond the pale. Saint Liborius was a big part of my life from baptism to confirmation. I no longer live in Saint Louis, but when I do go there to visit my family, I always make a trip to see what remains of the church, remembering the beautiful experiences I once had there. The people who are responsible for turning this church into a house of freaks are in all probability the sort who like going into cemeteries destroying grave head stones.

  3. Not long ago I saw on the internet some vintage photographs of the interior of Saint Liborius before the deconsecration, can anyone tell me where I can find them. This was my parish from childhood to adulthood. Many thanks.

    • Gene, I have received several requests for pictures in that time period, and I have been asking around. I’ll make a post if I find any.

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