FORM VERSUS SUBSTANCE - A TALE OF TWO CHURCHES
|ST.PATRICK'S CHURCH, CHURCH HILL, SYDNEY|
|St.Phillip's Anglican Church, Church Hill, Sydney|
Saint Patrick's Church - the Catholic Church - has stood on its rather unfavourable site for the whole of that period. Initially, the Established Church was located directly across the road from Saint Patrick's in what is now a triangular park facing that Church. But a superior site became available up on York Street, and the Establishment demolished its edifice and went higher up .
The two churches are very different in every respect. Saint Patrick's is small and rather dumpy in appearance as it nestles into the hillside leading down from the Bradfield Highway which crosses the Harbour Bridge. Its design could not be said to be distinguished at all, from the tiny , cramped entrance porch, down to its plain almost featureless side walls. St.Phillip's on the other hand is elegant, in a simple fashion, with a fine tower at its Western end and its lovely tracery in the East end stained glass window, which closes off its Apse, separated from the Nave by its lower roofline.There is no doubt, that when it comes to Architecture St.Phillip's is as much in the ascendancy as it is in its site.
But that is where it ends. Its ascendancy is all show - all form and no substance.
|Interior View St. Phillip's Church|
|Closer view of the "Sanctuary"|
Massive Pulpit. Ambo and the mandatory Eagle Lectern
rudimentary "Altar"against East Wall.
The evangelical character of the Sydney Anglican Diocese is very apparent ,for the physical arrangements of Pulpit, Ambo, Lectern fairly scream "Word" .The "Altars"main and side are scarcely more than rudimentary decorative gestures , as is the "Sanctuary"area itself, almost willed to be forgotten relics of the apostasy from Catholic Truth and Belief.Perhaps it is as well, for those involved are spared the further fault of simulating the Holy Mass.
|The Organ , mounted on the Northern Wall is impressive in appearance.|
So there we have it, all form and fairly fine form at that, but no substance.For what is a church building about, but worship, and there was none.
But, down the hill, in that dumpy Church nestled into the hillside all these 150 plus years? What was going on that weekday mid - morning?
|SAINT PATRICK'S CHURCH - INTERIOR|
THE MAGNIFICENT HIGH ALTAR OF BEATEN BRASS -THE GIFT OF POPE SAINT PIUS X
THE WHOLE AS VIBRANT AND ALIVE AS THE OTHER IS STERILE AND DEAD
OH YES ! IT MAKES THE WORLD OF DIFFERENCE WHEN THERE IS SOMEBODY HOME!! TRULY, "MAGISTER ADEST ET VOCAT TE" AND THEY COME IN DROVES, EVERY DAY, EVERY WEEK, FOR OVER 150 YEARS!
And , can you imagine, it never was the Established Church! Well , not by the Crown , just by God!!!