St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Walnut Grove, CA – Sanctuary and Main Altar

The sanctuary is situated on the western end of the church with the architectural movement of the arched-arcades leading to the location of the sacrificial celebration. The altars stand in front of the wood sanctuary backdrop enhanced with a large stained-glass window showing Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The new main altar table and the back altar of sturdy dark wood were recently dedicated in a Mass with Bishop Jaime Soto on September 26, 2021

The front of the main altar table is adorned with a symbolic gold image of a lamb sitting atop a series of seven small medallions, and holding a crossed Resurrection banner. The imagery of the Lamb of God or “Angus Dei” is a representation of Jesus as the sacrificial lamb in atonement for sins; and holding the banner of the Resurrection, shows His triumph over sin and death. The seven medallions at the bottom of the image may be representative of the Seven Seals written about in the Book of Revelation. The Seven Seals are a list of end-times judgements from God – each Seal is described and broken open in Chapter 6 (verses 1-17) and Chapter 8 (verses 1-5) in the Book of Revelation. The beginning of Chapter 6 refers to both the Lamb of God and the Seven Seals, “Then I watched while the Lamb broke open the first of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures cry out in a voice like thunder, ‘Come forward.’”(Rev 6:1).

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