Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Private Canons Chapel Attached to Canons Sacristy of St. Peter's Basilica

Public photos of this chapel do not really exist. Until now. This chapel is attached to the canons chapel fo the Basilica, just off the main sacristy. The same sort of chapel can also be seen off the main sacristy at the Lateran Archbasilica. This is where an elderly canon, who might have trouble walking, for example, might offer his daily private Mass.


  1. This altar was consecrated by King Henry IX of England.
    Posted by Fr Julian Large

  2. Why the curtains?

  3. To:Anonymus May 19, 2011 6:10
    Perhaps for Lenten covering of crosses, crucifixes, statues and images...
    i think so although i have never seen yellow curtain used for that but only red and violet...

  4. Henry, as listed in Latin, a Cardinal, Archpriest of the Vatican, Duke of York, and Bishop of Frascati. The Consecration of the altar took place on 18 October 1784, just for years before he bacame Henry IX.

  5. The curtains are to cover images when the Sacrament is exposed.

  6. Does anyone know who painted the image of St. Peter, St. Paul, Mary and the Child Jesus above the altar? I would love to get a copy of it.