Sanctuary and Main Altar — St. Michael’s Church, Madikeri

The church has been remodeled in recent years and the sanctuary reflects the brightness and hope that was realized in the Resurrection after the Crucifixion.  The wall behind the large crucifix on the central altar reflects a sunrise coming over the horizon and a blue sky filled with puffy white clouds.

The main altar has three arched panels outlined by pilasters topped with ornate gold-leaf floral capitals.  The central panel contains the Crucifix with Jesus over a hilly backdrop lighted by a golden glow beneath the blue sky.  The left panel houses a statue of Mother Mary wearing white with a blue sash and holding a rosary.  In the right archway is a statue of the patron Saint Michael the Archangel with a lance fighting the forces of evil at his feet.  High above Crucifix is a white dove in a gold-covered backdrop representing the Holy Spirit.

The cloth-draped central altar table is of granite with a detailed painting of Jesus’ Last Supper on the front side.  Behind the altar table are three intricately carved dark wood chairs for the presiders of the Mass.

Over the altar, the Kannada script reads from the comforting and famous passage from Chapter 11 of the Gospel of Matthew (verse 28), “Come to Me all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest”.

Dark colored granite speaker’s podiums are in place on either side of the altar table to be used for the Liturgy of the Word and announcements.