Sanctuary and Main Altar — St. Joseph Church, Clarksburg

The sanctuary of St. Joseph Church is located under a circular-arched alcove on the western end of the building. 

The focal point of the interior is the larger-than-life crucifix hanging on the back wall.  The all-white corpus is hanging on the dark wood cross below the parchment with the inscription “INRI” (Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudeorum, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”).  Overhead on the arched ceiling are adoring antique angels carrying candlesticks atop decorative floral stands.  The fixtures of the sanctuary are all of a deep-colored dark wood reminiscent of teak, including the wood table holding a barrel-shaped golden Eucharistic tabernacle that is located on the back wall between two candlesticks and behind the Eucharistic votive candle.  A simple dark wood altar table that is typically covered with a tablecloth associated with the Liturgical season sits ahead of two presider’s chairs in the back.

To the left of the sanctuary is dark wood lectern / pulpit with an elevated speaking platform reached by a short three-step staircase.  The half-octagonal shaped pulpit is decorated with wood ornamentation apparently done by a craftsman.  Further to the left is a conical stone baptismal font with a golden Chi-Rho symbol covering the water basin.  The Greek letters of Chi (shaped as an “X”) and Rho (shaped as a “P”) form the first two letters of the Greek word “Christos” (Christ).   Carved into the stone on the front are some decorative water waves and the Greek letters of Alpha and Omega representing the everlasting nature of the Sacrament of Baptism.

Two recessed alcoves flank the sanctuary holding statues of Mother Mary and Baby Jesus on the left; and Jesus displaying His Sacred Heart on the right side.

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