After having the old Pieta statue restored in the back of Holy Family Church in Columbus, Father decided that it should be housed in a more fitting shrine. The new piece is designed to match the existing high and side altars in the church. It will be painted to match those altars as well.
Shown above are the rough sketches of the project. The top photo shows the complete shrine. The side wings of the shrine are intended to house golden roses being left at the shrine as ex voto offerings for favors granted through the Sorrowful Mother’s intercession. The bottom photo is an up-close detail of what will be the hand-carved center piece on the base of the shrine – an image specifically requested by Father.
It is very likely that this will be the first piece finished in our new woodshop, though it will be begun in the temporary shop as soon as possible.