Wedding Feast at Cana, Washing of Feet on Holy Thursday, Baptism in the Jordan: Bronze Sculptures from the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer, Las Vegas, Nevada
"Every year Las Vegas has about 37,400,000 visitors from all over the globe. Somewhere between five and six million of our visitors are Catholics.
Catholics are very special people when it comes to religion. No matter where we go we take our faith and religious practices with us. We expect to join...
... in the celebration of the Sunday Liturgy and to have the other sacraments available to us no matter where we may find ourselves. We take it for granted that the local Church will provide all the facilities and personnel necessary to meet our religious needs.
In the case of Las Vegas that is no easy task. Even with an enlarged Cathedral at the north end of the strip we were unable to serve the growing number of destination resorts being planned for the south end of the strip.
Dedicated on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Feb. 2nd) 1993, this 2,200 seat Church was largely funded by individual and corporate donations of the people of Las Vegas. It is our way of saying that you are most welcome in our community." More here.
When my husband, Dave, travels on business he sends me information on sites visited.
About this shrine, he emailed a photo and wrote:
"I made it to Mass, it took an hour to get there. A nice Mass. The shrine is a very modern design, it had these large bas relief sculptures on the side. Interesting."
The sculptures above draw from traditional iconography (and other influences). Note the background architecture, for example, with a semblance of a building. Also found in these is the use of extreme perspective and detail limited to only what is essential.
I'm glad to know that there's more to Vegas.
There's a similar Catholic shrine 'concept' in Disney World, (Orlando) Florida.
For years Catholic business and vacation travelers were directed to a huge hotel room for Holy Mass. The last time Dave worked in Orlando, we attended services at a new Shrine-Basilica, Mary Queen of the Universe. The interior architecture (layout) reminded me of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. There's an adoration chapel located directly behind the main altar. The shrine includes an exceptional rosary walk outdoors and a museum.
These are Catholic oases:
: an area in a desert where there is water and plants
: a pleasant place that is surrounded by something unpleasant
: a time or experience that is pleasant and restful
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