The Parish Church of Saint MatthewBig Lamp ~ Newcastle
The Building - The Sacrament Chapel
Entering the church through the West door, you immediately encounter views of the Sacrament Chapel where the consecrated elements are kept in the Tabernacle for Communion of the housebound and private prayer. Mass is said here during the week.This Chapel was restored in 2011. At that time, the Triptych behind the Altar was installed Painted by the Romanian Icon Artist, Cristi Paslaru, the central panel depicts the Meal at Emmaus at which according to the account (Luke 24: 13 - 35), Cleopas and his companion recognised Jesus in the Breaking of Bread. This image sits behind the Tabernacle and draws attention to the Presence of Christ in the consecrated elements. The two doors of the Triptych depict the Archangel Michael on the left and the Archangel Gabriel on the right. During Lent, a season of austere simplicity, the doors are closed.Thepicture hanging on the North wall isa detail from the Sistine Madonnaby Raphael (1483 - 1520) finished a few years before his death (probably around 1513/14). The original hangs in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Germany.