CHAPEL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Chapel of the Holy Spirit was consecrated in 1932. This coincided with the 1500th Anniversary of the coming to Ireland of its Patron Saint – Patrick. This event is represented by a marvellous two part mosaic, over the entrance to the Chapel.
In the upper part of the mosaic, Patrick is depicted as a Bishop. On his right hand side, there is a fettered, blindfolded woman amid rocks and stones with a Druid alter in the background – representing Pagan Ireland. On his left, there is a figure of a woman who is free and standing in a garden of flowers, with a church and Irish round tower in the background – representing Christian Ireland. Unfortunately this part of the mosaic had been damaged by water ingress from the roof. For several years, it had been necessary to support it with netting to minimise further damage until repairs could be made. We are delighted to say that repairs were completed at very considerable expense and the mosaic re-dedicated at Evensong on 29th September 2013.
In the lower part, you can see Patrick in the bow of his ship as he passes the Mourne Mountains on his way to Saul holding a cross to invoke Divine aid. The sea is represented with conventional waves, and the landscape background and the sky are shown as dark and gloomy on one side, while the other side is bathed in light. This contrast is a symbolic portrayal of St Patrick bringing the light of Christianity into the darkness of heathendom. The Mourne Mountains are reproduced with absolute fidelity, and above them is a light border in the form of clouds as they are usually represented in heraldry.
Inside the chapel, the Altar is a replica of an early Christian- style, used in catacombs. The chapel is normally used for weekday Morning Prayer (8:10am) and Evening Prayer (3:30pm) services and makes a perfect and atmospheric venue for smaller numbers.
Finally the central dome is a magnificent and unique work of art. It is adorned with a splendid mosaic executed in silver and gold – forming a background for four Seraphim, each holding something relevant to the Christian religion – a chalice, a scroll from the Book of Life, the Cross and a lamp. The Trisagion (Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord) is inscribed on the mosaic.
All mosaic work in the Cathedral was done by the Misses Gertrude and Margaret Martin – seven years meticulous work in total.
The windows illustrate various actions of the Holy Spirit on humankind –The Creation of Humanity, John’s vision in the isle of Patmos, The Annunciation, the Baptism of Christ, The Feast of Pentecost. Click here for detail on the Chapel's windows.