The Honan Chapel - Gallery Collection


Image TitleHonan Chapel: Sanctuary Lamp
DescriptionA sanctuary lamp is a red light placed before a tabernacle in Catholic churches, as a sign that the Blessed Sacrament is reserved, or stored, there. The silver sanctuary lamp in the Honan Chapel was designed by William Scott and manufactured by Edmond Johnson Ltd., Dublin. The inscription reads: May this lamp be ever burning on the altar of God in the Collegiate Chapel of St. Fin Barr obtain eternal rest and peace for the souls of Matthew, Robert and Isabella Honan of the City of Cork by whose charity and piety this chapel was built and this lamp was made Resquiescant in pace. Sir John Robert O;Connell Doctor of Laws ordered me to be made, William Alphonsus Scott first Professor of Architecture of the National University of Ireland designed me, Edmond Johnson of Dublin fashioned me AD 1916. The sentence structure borrows from medieval inscriptions. For example, the 9th century The Alfred Jewel (Ashmolean Museum in Oxford), made in the reign of the Anglo-Saxon King, Alfred the Great, is inscribed "AELFRED MEC HEHT GEWYRCAN", meaning "Alfred ordered me made". The lamp was removed from the sanctuary in 1983 in the re-ordering of the chapel. It was restored to the sanctuary by Rev. Seosamh A. Ó Cochláin, Dean of the Honan Chapel in 2004. This item has been catalogued by Virginia Teehan & Elizabeth Wincott Heckett in The Honan Chapel: A Golden Vision published by Cork University Press in 2004.
ContributorWilliam A. Scott and Edmond Johnson Ltd., Dublin
Contribution Year1916
  
PhotographerJames Cronin
CopyrightJames Cronin with permission to be used by the Honan Trust
Date of Photograph2006
CollectionInterior