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Happy Easter 2011!


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From the Catholic Encyclopedia:

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

At Saul (Sabhall), St. Patrick received the summons to his reward on 17 March, 493. St. Tassach administered the last sacraments to him. His remains were wrapped in the shroud woven by St. Brigid’s own hands. The bishops and clergy and faithful people from all parts crowded around his remains to pay due honour to the Father of their Faith. Some of the ancient Lives record that for several days the light of heaven shone around his bier. His remains were interred at the chieftan’s Dun or Fort two miles from Saul, where in after times arose the cathedral of Down.

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The summer 2009 issue of ArchitectColorado includes two features on projects at Holy Trinity. ArchitectColorado is the professional journal of the Colorado Component of the American Institute of Architects. This issue has a focus on religious architecture. Holy Trinity and Integration Design Group are featured in two articles.

The first article is “A Shared Vision of the Sacred” by Chryss Cada. Cada covers three religious projects that involved many different decision makers. Cada starts with this quote:

Any architect who has worked with more than one owner on a project knows how difficult it can be to form a shared vision, so imagine the task when there are several hundred opinions to take into account.

Here is the part of the article referencing Holy Trinity’s Chapel:

Excerpt: Architect Colorado, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 14 – 16:

A Shared Vision
of the Sacred

Knowledge of a faith’s religious practices is often a major consideration in selection of an architect for a house of worship.Father John Hilton was specifically looking for a “great Catholic architect” for the remodel of the Holy Trinity Adoration Chapel at his Westminster, Colo., church.

“Asking someone who doesn’t go to Mass, who doesn’t worship at a Catholic Church, to design a Catholic chapel would be like asking a Christian to design a mosque,” he said. “The architect needs to be familiar with what the building he designs is going to be used for.”

The contract for the $200,000 remodel of the 1,000-square-foot chapel was awarded to Henderson, Colo.-based  Integration Design Group, PC. This was the firm’s first religious architecture venture.

“It is our hope that religious architecture will remain the central focus of our firm in the years ahead,” said Adam Hermanson, AIA, principal at Integration Design Group. “These buildings carry great significance for those who come to worship within them, and the design of sacred architecture is one way in which we serve both God and God’s people.

Hermanson, the project architect, had worked on several other churches during his design career prior to founding Integration Design Group in 2006.

“A lot of people see only the challenges of religious architecture because the opportunities aren’t as apparent,” Hermanson said. “But growth well done can enhance the spiritual life of a congregation. What we’re actually doing when we work on a church is to help build up the community.”

Hermanson said attendance and membership often increase in a new or remodeled building. That has been the case at the renovated Adoration Chapel at Holy Trinity. Built in the 1960s as part of a convent, the chapel was very simple.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church first approached the firm to design a new altar for the exposition and adoration of the Eucharist. The project developed from an altar design into a complete renovation of the chapel.Design elements include a new carved limestone and travertine altar, red onyx niches and a wood and stone altar rail. The finishes were selected to complement two icons in the chapel written by a parishioner trained in the authentic egg tempera method.

“I gave them very general ideas, such as wanting it to be noble, prayerful and exemplify a rich dignified beauty, and he took it from there,” Hilton said. “I was brought in at every stage of the project for back-and-forth discussions.”

Integration Design Group is now the architect for the $2.5 million renovation of Holy Trinity’s main church. A town hall approach is being used to incorporate parishioners’ opinions into the renovation.

“The town hall meetings are very enjoyable because you can feel the excitement in the community as they work together to articulate their vision for their church,” Hermanson said. “There’s no other space besides a family’s home that brings with it such a powerful sense of ownership.”

Architect: INTEGRATION DESIGN GROUP, PC – Adam Hermanson, AIA
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Construction Cost: $190,000.00
Scope: Project included a complete interior renovation including: tile flooring; lighting; finishes; stone altar; stone and wood altar rail; new HVAC system; and new accessible restroom. Exterior modifications included: new roof; accessibility improvements, entrance door and window replacements.
Completion: May 2008

Owner: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Contractor: RN Fenton Company
Electrical Engineer: Architectural Engineering Design Group, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Integrated Mechanical Systems, Inc.

Other Notable Projects by INTEGRATION DESIGN GROUP, PC:

  • Holy Trinity Catholic Church – Addition & Renovation (current) Westminster, Colo.
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church – Liturgical Elements Design (complete) Northglenn, Colo.
  • Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church – New Church (current) (local consulting architect) Windsor, Colo.
  • Fellowship of Catholic University Students – Office Chapel (complete) Northglenn, Colo.

Other buildings featured in this article include the Aish Ahavas Synagogue in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and the Buckley Air Force Base Chapel Center.

The Colorado Component of the American Institute of Architects can be found at www.aiacolorado.org.  Click the link for the order form to order your copy of ArchitectColorado.

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Photograph by Allan Eckert taken 25 October 2006. Click for a larger image.

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Aramaic (Eastern Syriac): Mshikha Qam ! Shariraith Qam !

Coptic: Christos Anesti ! Alithos Anesti !

Czech: Kristus Vstal A Mrtvych! Opravdi Vstoupil!

English: Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

Finnish: Kristus Nousi Kuolleista! Totisesti Nousi!

French: Christ est Ressuscité! En Vérité, Il est Ressuscité!

Gaelic (Irish): Taw Creest Ereen! Taw Shay Ereen Guhdyne!

German: Christus ist Auferstanden! Wahrhaft auferstanden!

Greek: Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!

Hebrew: Ha-Mashiah qom! Be-emet qom!

Italian: Cristo è Risorto! Veramente è Risorto!

Japanese: Harisutosu Fukkatsu! Jitsu Ni Fukkatsu!

Latin: Christus Resurrexit Est! Vere Resurrexit Est!

Nigerian: Jesu Kristi Ebiliwo! Ezia o’biliwo!

Norwegian: Christus er Oppstanden! Sandelig Han er Oppstanden!

Polish: Khristus Zmartvikstau! Zaiste Zmartvikstau!

Portugese: Christo Ressuscitou! Em Verdade Ressuscitou!

Russian: Khristos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!

Spanish: Cristo ha resucitado! En verdad, ha resucitado!

Swedish: Kristus är Upstånden! Sannerligen Upstånden!

Tagalog: Si Kristo ay nabuhay ; totoo ngang nabuhay.

Ukrainian: Khristos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres!

Vietnamese: Chúa ki-tô đã phục sinh ; qu̓a thật ngài đã phục sinh.

Zulu: Ukristu Uvukile! Uvukile Kuphela!

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