After yesterday's article about Our Lady of Oxford, readers might be interested to see how her chapel has developed over the years. Here is the first Oxford chapel, as it stood up until 1907 in Hartwell de la Garde Grissell's house at Number 60, High Street, in Oxford. Many of the features still observable in today's chapel can be seen: the lavish baroque frame with the picture of Our Lady of Oxford, the altar (carved in Rome) and its canopy, and the reliquary cupboards. Under the altar is the body of the boy-martyr St. Pacificus.
1990s - Gain
2000s - The threshold of hope
In 2009 the chapel was restored as part of the Oxford Oratory's 'Reaffirmation and Renewal' campaign. The original ceiling stencilling was reinstated, contextualising Pippet's paintings in their original artistic setting. The relic cupboards were given state of the art lighting, showing off the new relics on display.
Among the relics on display is a first class relic of Blessed Lucy of Narnia, given by the C.S. Lewis scholar Walter Hooper! The ashes from the relics of Grissell's collection have be re-enshrined in a glass urn, bearing an inscription which translates as 'From the ashes of ten thousand martyrs'. Thus, St. Pacificus and his celestial companions continue to interceed upon supplication of the faithful!
There follow some photographs of the newly restored chapel and of Pippet's paintings.