Our Lady of Good Counsel Church is a Catholic parish that belongs to the Archdiocese of Detroit. The church was in need of a renovation and left in the hands of Arte Granda the interior space renovation project which concluded in time for the Palm Sunday and Holy Week liturgies in April.
The work, which introduced a new altar, ambo, tabernacle and pedestalThe project was carried out in close collaboration with the parish priest and his team, developing an approach based on the client's suggestions. Thus, we updated the chromatic scheme for apse and pavement stone walls, where the liturgical elements could be better accommodated, and were used high quality materialsfollowing a elegant and monumental lineThe interior architecture of the church is in harmony with the interior architecture of the church.
The altar, the ambo and the pedestal for the tabernacle are of marbleembellished with gold and malachite detailsa secondary copper ore.
In addition, the amboThe front of the building, the place from which the word is proclaimed, has on its front side a crismónone of the first Christian symbols or christograms, formed by the first two letters of the Greek word Christ [the letters Chi (X) and Rho (P)]. It is an ancient symbol that was already used by the emperor Costantino I in the first century as a banner.
The altarhas a Greek cross on the frontThe Latin cross, a type of cross formed by four arms of equal size that, like the Latin cross, makes reference to the Cross where Jesus Christ died. In addition, it has a special symbolism as it is located in the center of the altar, the place where the sacrifice of the Eucharist takes place.
Another element, perhaps the most special one, is the sagrario, inspired by the Ark of the Covenant, consisting of a gilded body, with two wooden carrying rods and two adoring angels on top. With the scene of the Annunciation on the door, the tabernacle is gold plated, inside and out. Its interior is enriched with precious malachite and lapis lazuli details. It is placed on the aforementioned marble pedestal, on the front of which there is a gilded relief carved with motifs of grapes and wheatsymbolizing, respectively, the nourishment of the word and the Eucharistic nourishment.
Other elements were also designed, such as the candelabrathe processional crosses and the torchesthe Advent stand and the sanctuary lamp.
Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron dedicated the new altar and blessed the sanctuary a week before Easter.